Police Beat

A potential serious accident was averted when a two-person Anacortes Police team spotted a car turn westbound into the eastbound lanes of Highway 20 at Reservation Road in the early morning hours this week.

Sunday, May 10

12:44 am.  A two-man training unit with the Anacortes PD was on patrol near Reservation Road and SR 20 when the officers observed a white Ford pickup traveling westbound from Reservation Road into the eastbound lanes of SR 20. The officers initiated a traffic stop and pulled behind the vehicle as it was facing westbound on the shoulder of the eastbound lanes. Officers could smell a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle and interviewed the male driver, a 37 year-old from Ferndale, away from the vehicle for his own safety. When asked how much he had to drink the driver stated that he had had a few beers but was okay to drive. The driver also stated that he was not familiar with the area, which is why he had inadvertently turned into the eastbound lane of the highway. The driver voluntarily submitted to field sobriety tests and a portable breath test, which resulted in a reading just above the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The driver was taken into custody and transported to the APD for DUI processing. The breathalyzer at the Police Department yielded a result which was slightly lower than the portable test. The driver was issued a citation for Negligent Driving as it was apparent to the Field Training Officer that his driving was impaired due to his alcohol consumption but that he did not appear to be strongly intoxicated. He was released to his girlfriend from the APD headquarters.

6:24 pm.  A Bellingham man was contacted late Sunday afternoon by Anacortes Police on Commercial Avenue. Police were dispatched to his location per the report of a passerby stating that they had seen an intoxicated male walking in that area. The man was determined not to be a risk to himself or others and allowed to proceed to his hotel room.

Monday, May 11

2:26 pm.  Anacortes Police were dispatched to a theft of DVD’s from an unnamed retailer on Commercial Avenue. The reporting party provided a vehicle and driver/passenger description and officers contacted the vehicle in the back parking lot of an unnamed motel. The 26 year-old female driver out of Sedro Wooley was determined to be driving without a license and had a confirmed warrant out of Sedro Wooley PD. She was booked and released on her new charge and warrant. A 44 year-old male passenger out of Mount Vernon was also contacted and determined to have a warrant out of Burlington PD for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. The subject initially provided a fraudulent name and was given additional charges of Making False Statements to a Public Servant. He was ultimately taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail. The third passenger in the vehicle was a 33 year-old Everett woman who had four warrants, two out of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office for Failure to Report to Jail/Work Crew and Failure to Appear and two out of Burlington for Failure to Comply with a Court Order. She was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail on her warrants.

In the course of the investigation for theft, officers searched the vehicle with permission from the driver and one of the passengers finding nothing of evidentiary value. All three subjects were ordered not to return to the retail location.

Tuesday, May 12

6:05 pm.  A 16 year-old Anacortes girl called 911 on Tuesday afternoon to request help for her and her younger sister since their mother was very intoxicated. An officer responded and spoke with the girl and could hear what sounded like her mother falling to the floor multiple times upstairs. When contacted, the mother showed several signs of intoxication including slurred speech and inability to finish her sentences. She was also argumentative and refused to comply with the officer’s requests to sit down and speak with him about the severity of the situation. Ultimately, the woman was detained and transported to the hospital to be evaluated and make sure she was able to be released to her own care. Police stayed on scene until an adult relative arrived on scene, then left the area.

11:05 pm.  A 67 year-old La Conner man was arrested on DUI charges and issued a speeding citation at midnight on Wednesday per a citizen report of an intoxicated man getting into his white station wagon on Commercial Avenue. A few moments later, an officer contacted the driver on R Avenue after observing the vehicle traveling erratically at 39 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour speed zone. The vehicle came to a stop in the 800 block of 34th Street and officers on scene smelled a strong odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle. The driver admitted to having a few beers that evening and exhibited bloodshot, watery eyes and poor balance. Poor performance on roadside tests and a portable breath test reading of nearly twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle culminated in a DUI arrest and transport to the Anacortes Police Department for DUI processing. The driver was released from the scene to a sober adult.

Wednesday, May 13

4:34 pm.  Anacortes Police were dispatched to SR 20 and Christianson Road per the report of three vehicles that were waiting to turn at the intersection when they struck one another.  A Chrysler van struck the rear of a Chevy pickup, which then struck the rear of a Ford Windstar. The 78 year-old driver of the Chrysler stated that he had inadvertently pressed the accelerator causing his vehicle to lurch forward and strike the vehicle in front of him. He was ultimately held liable for the collisions and issued a traffic citation for Following Too Close. The driver of the Windstar was found to be without insurance and was cited for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance. There were no injuries.

Thursday, May 14

An Anacortes resident contacted the APD to report three rusty shotgun shells in their yard. Police responded, removed the ammunition, and properly disposed of it.

2:54 pm.  The Animal Control Officer handled a call of a sick looking cat that had been in a tall cedar tree for the past several days. The cat was not present at the time the officer arrived, but investigation revealed that the cat was accounted for by a neighbor.

3:00 pm.  An Anacortes man contacted Police stating that he had received several calls from someone claiming to represent a federal agency.

4:34 pm.  On Thursday afternoon Anacortes Police received a tip regarding the whereabouts of a local 15 year-old girl with a warrant out of Skagit County Juvenile Court. Officers responded to the area of Island Hospital and spoke with a friend who stated she was being seen by a doctor. A few hours later, hospital staff advised that the subject was being released and officers subsequently took her into custody and booked her in the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center on her warrant. 

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