Police Beat

A 35 year-old Oak Harbor man was cited Monday evening for operating a vehicle with no insurance and improper passing on the right side by an Anacortes Police Officer on Monday afternoon. The driver attempted to pass a motor home towing a Geo in the right lane of SR 20 near Christianson Road. While attempting to merge into the right lane to pass, the suspect driver noticed a vehicle in that lane and quickly merged back into his original lane of travel when he struck the rear of the vehicle being towed by the motor home. There was significant damage to both vehicles, but there were no injuries.

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

Sunday, April 5

1:30 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue and 5th Street observed two 24 year-old females who appeared to be very intoxicated and unsteady on their feet. After a few moments, one of the females crouched against a commercial building on 5th Street and urinated on the sidewalk. At that point, the officer contacted the women to speak with the subject who had urinated in public. The officer determined that she was too intoxicated to stand on her own and she proceeded to vomit on the ground and ultimately lost consciousness during the conversation with Anacortes Police. As a result of her condition, the Anacortes Fire Department was called out and transported the subject to Island Hospital for treatment. She was cited for Disorderly Conduct.

Monday, April 6

4:43 pm.  A resident on 7th Street in Anacortes contacted Police on Monday afternoon to report that someone had gained entry into her house through an unsecured door and stole some prescription pills while she went to run an errand. The victim suspected that it was someone she knew since her dogs did not bark, according to the neighbors. There are no suspects in this incident.

9:40 pm.  A 53 year-old woman was arrested for Physical Control of a Motor Vehicle while intoxicated after she was found slumped over the wheel of her running vehicle in the 600 block of Q Avenue. Officers had initially been dispatched to the area to look for the vehicle after a caller to 911 reported nearly being hit by the car. Investigation at the scene revealed that the woman was under the influence of some type of drug, likely a prescription painkiller. She was taken in to custody after paramedics examined her. Once a search warrant was obtained, a blood sample was drawn. It has been sent to the crime lab for examination. The suspect was issued a citation for Physical Control of a Motor Vehicle while intoxicated and then released to a relative after promising to appear at her future court date.

Tuesday, April 7

9:14 pm.  The 52 year-old driver of a Toyota Camry was contacted by Police on Tuesday afternoon after she attempted to turn left on 28th Street from R Avenue, missed the turn, then traveled northbound for approximately 30 feet in the southbound lane of R Avenue. The driver then backed up and completed her turn on to westbound 28th Street. The officer explained the reason for the stop and asked for license, registration, and proof of insurance. The driver provided a Washington State ID card and stated she did not have insurance. An empty can of alcohol on the back seat also prompted a question about alcohol consumption. The driver stated that she had had a drink at home earlier, but the can in the back seat was an old one. The driver voluntarily submitted to field sobriety tests and a breath test, passing both. Further investigation revealed that the driver did not have a driver’s license and she was taken into custody and issued a citation for driving with license suspended and a traffic citation for operating a motor vehicle without insurance. She was released from the scene.

Wednesday, April 8

7:15 pm.  A 31 year-old Anacortes woman was taken into custody by Anacortes Police Officers after officers were notified that a woman with a felony warrant for violation of a no contact order was residing at an RV park within city limits. Officers responded to the area to investigate and spoke with family members who stated that she was on her way to town and should arrive shortly. The subject arrived a short time later and was taken into custody without incident. She was transported to the Skagit County Jail where she was booked on her warrant.

Thursday, April 9

4:44 pm.  An Anacortes man came to the APD lobby on Thursday afternoon to report a fraudulent arrest warrant notice that he had received via email earlier in the day. He was advised of strategies for avoiding fraudulent emails and provided with the website www.ic3.gov which can be used to report online Internet crimes.

Friday, April 10

1:28 am.  Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to a theft in progress at a grocery store on the corner of 11th Street and Commercial Avenue. The reporting party stated that a male subject had stolen a bottle of liquor and departed the area in a silver sedan that was last seen traveling westbound on 12th Street. Within moments, an APD Officer was following a vehicle matching the description traveling on 12th Street. The driver initially failed to pull over after the officer attempted to stop the vehicle to investigate the theft report. The vehicle ultimately stopped at the intersection of 12th Street and L Avenue. At that point, an additional officer arrived and the officers contacted the 49 year-old male driving the vehicle and observed an unopened bottle of whiskey on the floorboard. In addition, they smelled a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the man and his vehicle and he had watery, droopy, bloodshot eyes and demonstrated slow, slurred speech. The subject was taken into custody and transported to the Anacortes Police Department for DUI processing. At the Police Department, the subject voluntarily provided two breath samples that yielded results of over three times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He received a citation for DUI, theft, and no valid operator’s license without ID as he had no license record in Washington and license not valid out of Florida. He was also given a notice not to return to the store before being released to a sober adult.

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