Police Beat

Police arrested a 31 year old Anacortes man on a long list of charges after the driver stopped his pickup truck in a lane of travel on 20th St. and started walking away.

On Monday night, March 16, an Anacortes Officer on patrol was southbound in the 1900 block of O Avenue when he observed the driver of a Dodge pickup stop and get out of his vehicle upon seeing a marked patrol car, leaving it parked in the lane of travel on the 1100 block of 20th St. The officer turned around to contact the driver and had to yell at the male to stop so he could speak with him. The subject did not turn and look at the officer, so he activated his emergency lights to gain his attention. The man stated that his truck had broken down, so the officer helped him get the vehicle safely to the side of the road.

Upon further conversation with the 31 year-old Anacortes male, the officer observed that he had a hard time maintaining his balance, had dilated pupils, and seemed confused and agitated. Investigation revealed that the man had a suspended driver’s license and was required to have an ignition interlock device in his vehicle, which was not present. The man was taken into custody for driving with a suspended license and no interlock device and a search of his person revealed that he was carrying two plastic pen bodies stained black, smelling of chemicals, and a bundle of tinfoil in his front pocket. When asked about the items, the subject admitted that he had a problem and stated that he had “just scored.” The officer further observed multiple empty beer cans in the front seat of the pickup with some of the contents spilled on the floor. The subject was transported to the APD for DUI processing, then to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on an investigative hold for Violation of the Controlled Substance Act, DUI, Driving With a Suspended License, Violation of an Interlock Requirement, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

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

Monday, March 16

9:13 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer responded to an unoccupied home under construction on H Avenue per the report that the front door had been kicked in and a $350 dishwasher stolen from the property at some time over the weekend. There are no suspects in this case.

5:06 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on eastbound SR 20 observed a Green Chevy Blazer make an unsafe lane change causing the vehicle behind him to brake aggressively and swerve to avoid a collision. The 31 year-old Spokane man driving the vehicle was contacted and was apologetic for his unsafe driving. He was unable to provide proof of insurance or ID per the officer’s request and further investigation revealed that his license was suspended for unpaid tickets. The officer also discovered that the subject had two warrants out of Spokane County—for driving with a suspended license and for possession of a controlled substance, a felony. The subject was taken into custody, issued a criminal citation for driving with license suspended and a traffic citation for operating without proof of insurance. He was then transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on his warrants.

6:15 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on the 1000 block of 17th Street observed the driver of a gray Toyota Corolla moving his thumbs across the screen of an electronic device which lead the officer to believe that he was texting. The officer contacted the 21 year-old male driver, who denied that he was texting while driving. The officer discovered that the subject was driving without a license as it had been suspended since January 2015 for unpaid tickets. The subject was taken into custody and issued a criminal citation for driving with a suspended license and a traffic infraction for operating a motor vehicle without insurance since he was unable to provide proof of insurance. He was given a warning for texting while driving and released from the scene.

Thursday, March 19

12:45 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer responded to a tavern on the 1900 block of Commercial Avenue per the report that a female had run into the establishment stating that she needed help. The officer arrived and spoke with the female who stated that she and her live-in boyfriend had gotten involved in a verbal argument that turned physical after he told her to shut up because she was drinking and being loud, then put his hand around her mouth. The woman displayed physical signs consistent with her story. APD Officers then contacted the male at his residence who stated that he had grabbed his girlfriend and that she had fought back and clawed him in the face. The male subject was taken into custody as the primary aggressor in this incident and booked at the Skagit County Jail on charges of Domestic Violence.

Friday, March 20

5:19 pm.  Anacortes Police contacted the driver of a Ford pickup with a badly cracked windshield traveling eastbound on SR 20 in Anacortes. When asked for his license, registration, and proof of insurance, the 33 year-old provided only his Washington State Driver’s License. Investigation revealed that his license was suspended since March 15 and he was subsequently taken into custody and charged for driving with a suspended license and operating his vehicle without proof of insurance. He was released from the scene.

10:19 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to 28th Street for a traffic enforcement complaint. Upon arrival to the scene the officer discovered a late model Nissan sedan in the roadway with the lights on and doors open, but no occupants. A short time later, a 19 year-old Anacortes man approached the officer and stated that he was the one who called police and he had just been assaulted by his 18 year-old girl friend who punched him in the face and tore his clothing. Further investigation revealed that the man had not contacted police and there was no evidence to support that he had been assaulted by his girl friend.  Furthermore, Anacortes PD Officers determined that the male had initiated a conversation by showing up at his now ex-girlfriend’s home and when she tried to shut the door on him, he spit on her three times. The subject was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail on charges of 4th Degree Assault. 

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