Police Beat

Anacortes Police Thursday arrested a suspect, who was wanted on a $100,000 felony warrant for threats to kill, as he came off a ferry from the islands.

At approximately 7:30 on Thursday morning, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office alerted the Anacortes Police that a suspect with a felony warrant may be on a ferry headed towards Anacortes. At approximately 9 am Anacortes Police Officers recognized a vehicle matching the description they had received, performed a high risk traffic stop, and arrested the 48 year-old Olga, Wash. man driving the vehicle without incident, causing a short delay to ferry traffic on Ferry Terminal Road. The suspect was wanted for a $100,000 felony warrant for Second Degree Assault and Harassment—Threats to Kill out of San Juan County. He also had a Skagit County District Court warrant for First Degree Driving With a Suspended License. He was booked into the Skagit County Jail on his warrants and new charges of First Degree Driving with a Suspended License.

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

Saturday, Jan. 31

3:35 am.  The driver of a white Ford Expedition was contacted by Anacortes Police early Saturday morning when the Officer determined that the license plates were expired as of October 12, 2014. The 32 year-old Mount Vernon woman driving the vehicle stated that she did not have a valid driver’s license and has never had one. She was also unable to provide a current registration for the vehicle or proof of insurance. She was taken into custody and cited for Failure to Transfer Title Within 45 Days as well as infractions for Failure to Renew Expired Registration Longer Than 2 Months; No Valid Operating License With Valid Identification; and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance. The woman was released, advised that she was not allowed to drive, and provided with a courtesy transport to a local restaurant.

1:27 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol at the intersection of SR 20 and Christensen Road witnessed the driver of a Husqvarna motorcycle revving his engine and performing two wheelies when crossing SR20 on Christensen Road. The Officer contacted the 44 year-old male driver a short time later on Christensen Road. The man was arrested and charged with a criminal citation for Reckless Driving and a traffic citation for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Registration Paperwork. He was released from the scene.

9:40 pm.  Residents from the west end of Anacortes contacted Police to report that someone had gained access to their home sometime in the previous few hours and stolen approximately $140 in coins and an undetermined amount of jewelry. Investigation continues.

Monday, Feb. 2

3:10 am.  A passerby called 911 when he noticed a motor vehicle in the ditch in the area of SR20 and Thompson Road in Anacortes. The responding Anacortes Police Officer arrived on scene and contacted the driver, a 44 year-old Oak Harbor woman, whose late model Mercedes had sustained some damage while traveling approximately 200 feet in the ditch after leaving the roadway. The driver sustained no injuries and refused treatment offered by medical personnel on the scene. When asked if she had been drinking that evening, the woman stated that she had had 2 or 3 drinks earlier in the evening and a voluntary Portable Breath Test administered on scene provided a sample of under the limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The driver told the Officer that she had reached for her purse in the passenger seat when she veered onto the shoulder and into the ditch. The driver was placed under arrest and issued a citation for First Degree Negligent Driving. She was released at the scene to her husband.

Tuesday, Feb. 3

10:11 am.  A 57 year-old Ephrata, Wash. man was driving his silver Honda Accord on R Avenue when he was contacted by the Anacortes Police for displaying expired registration tabs from 2014 on his vehicle. The driver told Police that the registration was current, but was displayed improperly. He also admitted that his license was suspended and he should not be driving. When asked by the Officer, he was able to provide the vehicle registration, but unable to produce proof of insurance. As such, he was taken into custody and issued a citation for Third Degree Driving With License Suspended as well as a citation for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Proof of Insurance. He was released at the scene.

10:20 am.  Anacortes Officers responded to a motor vehicle accident on SR 20 at Sharpe’s Corner on Tuesday morning. A privately owned converted school bus traveling on SR 20 north attempted to turn eastbound and tipped on its side, causing a 20 gallon fuel spill. There were three occupants in the vehicle; one sustained minor injuries. The Washington State Patrol handled the incident report.

10:29 pm.  An Anacortes Police Sergeant on patrol witnessed a Ford Taurus crossing the fog line several times on eastbound SR 20 and ultimately made a traffic stop at the intersection of SR 20 and Christianson Road. The 33 year-old Mount Vernon man driving the vehicle stated he was tired and on his way home from Anacortes. He also admitted that his license was suspended out of Burlington Municipal Court for an unpaid ticket. The man stated that he did not have insurance for the vehicle. Further investigation revealed that his license had been suspended as of Jan. 7, 2010 for an unpaid ticket. He was issued a citation for Third Degree Driving While License Suspended/Revoked and an infraction for Failure to Provide Proof of Insurance. He was released at the scene.

Wednesday, Feb. 4

12:18 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer was traveling northbound on R Avenue in Anacortes when he noticed a vehicle traveling southbound on R Avenue in the middle of the roadway. The vehicle was traveling 45 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone. The Officer turned around and attempted to catch up to the vehicle that had turned eastbound on SR 20. While traveling on SR 20, the vehicle, a late model Mercedes SUV, was paced at a speed of 75 miles per hour in the 55 miles per hour zone. The Officer initiated a traffic stop near Sharpes Corner to speak with the driver.

The driver, a 30 year-old Bellevue woman, smelled of intoxicants, and admitted to the Officer that she had had a few beers that evening. She also had watery, bloodshot eyes and her movements were slow and deliberate. The subject submitted to voluntary field sobriety tests and performed poorly on them. She was taken into custody and transported to the Anacortes Police Department where she was charged with Driving Under the Influence and issued a speeding infraction for driving 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. She was released from the Police Department to a friend.

7:39 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to Island View Elementary per the report of a window that was broken at the school sometime during the previous evening. Approximate value of the window is $500. The Officer spoke with a school representative and took photos at the scene. There are no suspects at this time.

9:57 am.  An Anacortes resident contacted Police to report that two envelopes containing checks had been stolen from his mailbox early Wednesday morning. The victim had already cancelled the checks upon discovery that they were missing. There are no suspects at this time.

Thursday, Feb. 5

1:26 am.  An Anacortes Police Sergeant on patrol near 4th Street and Commercial observed a Cadillac sedan traveling eastbound on 4th Street traveling back and forth within its lane of travel and over the center line at one point. The vehicle also had an inoperable brake light and was ultimately pulled over near T Avenue and 5th Street. The driver, a 36 year-old Anacortes man, smelled strongly of intoxicants and had a hard time accessing his driver’s license in his wallet. He also had watery, bloodshot eyes, and his face was flushed. When asked if he had been drinking that evening he said, with slurred speech, that he had had a few. When asked to get out of his vehicle to submit to voluntary field sobriety tests, the subject had a hard time keeping his balance. At one point during the tests, the Police Sergeant had to grab the subject by his right arm to keep him from falling. The man was taken into custody and transported to the Anacortes Police Department where he provided two breath samples which yielded results of nearly three times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was charged with Driving Under the Influence and booked in the Skagit County Jail since it was his second DUI offense. 

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.

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