Police Beat

Police charged the owner of a vehicle for allowing her vehicle to be driven by an unlicensed driver.

Updated Monday, May 11 to add two items.

Sunday, May 3

5:36 pm.  A 28 year-old Anacortes man was taken into custody and issued a criminal citation for driving with a suspended license after an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol witnessed him run a stop sign at the intersection of 41st Street and H Avenue in Anacortes. When contacted by the officer the man stated “I know why you stopped me. You know I don’t have a license.” Further investigation revealed that the subject’s license had been suspended since October 2008 for unpaid tickets. Police also spoke with a passenger who was the registered owner of the vehicle. She admitted that she knew the man driving had a suspended license and he was not supposed to be driving. As a result, she was taken into custody and issued a criminal citation for allowing unauthorized persons to drive. Both individuals were released at the scene and the car was handed over to a licensed driver.

Monday, May 4

4:17 pm.  An Anacortes woman contacted Police on Monday afternoon to report that her debit card had been fraudulently used for a charge of approximately $40 in Toronto, Canada the month previous. The victim stated that someone had attempted to use her card in January as well and a new card and PIN had been issued. This was the same course of action she was going to take to rectify the current fraudulent charge.

Tuesday, May 5

11:04 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on eastbound SR 20 near Sharpes Corner observed a Volkswagen Passat traveling behind him with an inoperable headlight. The officer allowed the vehicle to drive in front of him and initiated a traffic stop at SR 20 and Old Brook Lane in Anacortes. As the vehicle stopped, a young male, later determined to be a 21 year-old Anacortes man, jumped out of the vehicle and ran westbound on Old Brook Lane. The officer focused on the driver of the vehicle, a 26 year-old Anacortes man, who obeyed verbal commands to stay in the vehicle and told the officer that he did not know why his passenger fled the scene. Investigation revealed that the driver had a misdemeanor warrant out of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Officer for trespassing and drug paraphernalia. He was taken into custody on his warrant. With the driver’s permission, the officer also searched a backpack in the vehicle that belonged to the fleeing passenger. In his search the officer discovered several syringes, a glass pipe with black residue, and several straws and tubes. The bag also contained the photo ID of the passenger. The driver was booked and released on his warrant and the officer completed a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia citation that was sent to the court for mailing to the passenger.

Thursday, May 7

4:45 pm.  Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 29th Street and Q Avenue in Anacortes per the report of a fight at that location. An officer arrived and spoke with two sisters, one 26 year-old from Anacortes and one 30 year-old from Mount Vernon, who stated that they had been assaulted by the Anacortes woman’s boyfriend. After a few minutes the suspect, a 26 year-old Anacortes man, came outside and held his wrists out stating “go ahead and book me.” The officer began to handcuff the man for officer safety, but he then struggled, grabbed, and scratched the officer before being secured by the officer and a backup unit that had arrived in the area. Once the subject was secured, officers were able to determine that he had been drinking that afternoon and a verbal argument escalated to the point where the subject struck his girlfriend and shoved her sister when she confronted him about his behavior. The male subject was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on Assault, Domestic Violence Assault, and Malicious Mischief charges that were included as a result of approximately $500 damage incurred to his girlfriend’s car during the scuffle.  

Friday, May 8

12:13 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer was on patrol in the 800 block of Commercial Avenue when he observed a Honda Pilot traveling at 30 mph in a 20 mph speed zone. Further observation also revealed expired registration tabs as of the previous day. The officer contacted the vehicle in the 1000 block of 12th Street. The 53 year-old Stanwood man driving the vehicle provided the officer with the vehicle registration and an expired temporary ID card, stating that he had a valid license but just did not have it with him. Further investigation revealed that the driver’s license was suspended for unpaid tickets and he had an ignition interlock requirement, which was not present in the vehicle at the time of the stop. The officer also discovered that the driver had two warrants for driving with license suspended and DUI  out of Snohomish County. The subject was taken into custody and issued criminal citations for driving with license suspended and operating his vehicle without an interlock device. He also received a traffic citation for operating a motor vehicle without proof of insurance. He was issued a verbal warning for his expired license and registration as well as speeding. The driver was then transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on his warrants.

1:14 pm.  On Friday afternoon, the APD’s Animal Control Officer assisted a senior resident in transporting her sick dog to a nearby vet clinic. 

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