Police Beat

An Anacortes Police Officer early on Sunday morning was dispatched to a hotel on Commercial Ave. per the manager’s report that he wished to have an intoxicated guest removed from the premises. Investigation on scene revealed that the suspect was a 35 year-old male from Oak Harbor. He and his girlfriend had come to Anacortes to stay for the night and he had met some other hotel guests and drank with them that evening. When he arrived back at his hotel room, it appeared that he had locked himself in the bathroom and broke the bathroom door off its hinges, then caused damage to the sheetrock in the room. The responding Officers took the suspect into custody and transported him to the Anacortes Police Department. He was ultimately transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on charges of Third Degree Malicious Mischief, Domestic Violence.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week.

Saturday, Jan. 24

9:23 am.  A 48 year-old Eastsound man was taken into custody by an Anacortes Police Officer on Saturday morning. The Officer contacted the man while traveling eastbound on SR 20 for driving a Subaru Outback with no temporary or permanent license plates. In speaking with the Officer, the man readily admitted that he did not have a driver’s license and that there was no insurance on the car. The driver was also unable to provide registration for the vehicle, as it had not yet been transferred. Further investigation revealed that the subject had a warrant out of Spokane County Superior Court for Vehicular Assault. The subject was taken into custody, charged with Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Proof of Insurance. He was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on his warrant.

Sunday, Jan. 25

1:52 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer made a traffic stop on a Toyota 4-Runner with a burnt out license plate light in the 3400 block of Commercial Avenue on Sunday afternoon. The driver, a 27 year-old Burlington man, was found to be driving without a license for failure to appear on an unpaid ticket from June 2012. The subject was placed under arrest and charged with Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License. He was released from the scene.

4:13 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol witnessed a Volkswagen Jetta run a stop sign at the intersection of 28th Street and R Avenue. The Officer followed the vehicle from a distance as it traveled southbound on R Avenue and witnessed the vehicle weaving and nearly striking the concrete curb in the median on several occasions. The vehicle then turned eastbound on SR 20 from R Avenue without signaling and continued to weave within its lane and crossed the skip line while traveling at various speeds ranging from 50 to 65 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour zone.

A few moments later the Officer initiated a traffic stop to speak with the driver. The driver, a 25 year-old Oak Harbor woman, smelled of alcohol and her eyes were bloodshot and watery. When asked for her license and registration, she offered the Officer a debit card and shuffled through several items of paperwork before finding the registration for the vehicle. The Officer then noticed a glass bottle in her purse and asked what it was. The woman stated it was a bottle of vodka, which was approximately 1/3 full. A Portable Breath Test administered on scene yielded a result of nearly three times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. She was taken into custody and transported to the Anacortes Police Department on charges of DUI. She also received a citation for Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License, which had been suspended since September 28, 2012 for Failure to Appear for an Unpaid Ticket. She was released to her husband from the Police Department.

9:24 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1000 block of 6th Street observed a white Chevrolet pickup with expired license plate tabs as of January 2013 and initiated a traffic stop. The driver, a 51 year-old Anacortes man, was identified by the Officer via his Washington State ID card. The subject was unable to produce a registration or proof of insurance for the vehicle and it was determined that his license was suspended as of July 2014 for Failure to Appear on an unpaid ticket. The man was taken into custody and issued a citation for Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License and an infraction for Expired Vehicle License Over Two Months. He was released from the scene on foot.

11:59 am.  Anacortes Police Officers responded to a medical facility on 24th Street per the report of a 44 year-old Anacortes man on the premises who had previously been warned to stay away from that location. Anacortes Police Officers responded and spoke with the man who stated that he knew he had been removed from the facility. He was taken into custody and transported to the Anacortes Police Department on charges of First Degree Trespassing. He was released from the scene.

Monday, Jan. 26

12:01 pm.  A 72 year-old Anacortes woman driving her Subaru Forrester was exiting her parking spot on the side of the road in the 1000 block of 21st Street when she struck the side of a Ford truck entering a parking lot in front of her. The female driver was cited for Failure to Yield Right of Way. There were no injuries.

6:56 pm.  On Monday afternoon, an Anacortes Police Officer contacted a local woman per her report that her son had stolen her ATM card and withdrew $160. The following day, Officers responded to the woman’s home at her request and took her juvenile son into custody as a suspect in this case. He was then transported to the Skagit County Juvenile Detention facility where he was booked on charges of Second Degree Theft.

Tuesday, Jan. 27

11:54 pm.  An Anacortes PD Officer on patrol on SR 20 near Reservation Road observed a vehicle traveling westbound in front of him swerving within its own lane and crossing the fog line several times within a half mile stretch of highway. The vehicle was also traveling at inconsistent speeds ranging from 55 to 65 mph in a 55 mph zone. Near the intersection of SR 20 and Thompson Road, the vehicle changed to the inside lane and crossed the center line before being pulled over by the Officer. The 43 year-old male from Bellingham driving the vehicle did not show signs of impairment but did admit to texting his girlfriend to tell her he was almost at her house. He also admitted to not having a driver’s license and further investigation revealed that it was suspended as of January 23, 2015 for Failure to Appear for Unpaid Ticket. He was taken into custody and charged with Third Degree Driving With a Suspended License and released from the scene.

Thursday, Jan. 29

9:21 am.  The Anacortes Police Department Animal Control Officer responded to a report of an injured bird. The Northern Flicker bird was transported to a local animal hospital for care.

5:21 pm.  A 57 year-old Modesto, California woman was issued a Failure to Yield at Intersection with Accident ticket on Thursday afternoon when the Dodge SUV she was driving was struck by a late model Chevy Tahoe at the intersection of K Avenue and 8th Street causing reportable damage to both vehicles. The Dodge SUV driver stopped at a stop sign at the intersection, then pulled out in front of the Tahoe which had the right of way, causing it to strike her vehicle on the driver’s side. There were no injuries. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times