Police Beat

A motorist who refused to stop for an Anacortes officer trying to make a traffic stop led the officer on a chase up to 85 miles per hour out of town on Highway 20.

At approximately 1:00 AM Monday morning a silver 1998 Volkswagen Jetta bearing a Washington license plate AKF4076 pulled out in front of an Anacortes Police Officer in his marked squad car in the 800 block of 29th Street. A short time later the officer activated his emergency lights to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle failed to yield and sped through the stop sign at 30th and R and ran the stoplight at SR20 and R Avenue before driving east on SR 20 at varying speeds up to 85 miles per hour. As no other vehicles were on the road at that time, the officer continued the pursuit until the end of city limits where the pursuit was ultimately taken over by Washington State Patrol into Sedro Woolley. Anacortes PD is interested in speaking with the driver of the vehicle. If you have seen this vehicle within the last 24 hours, please call the APD tip line at (360) 299-1985.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week

Saturday, May 30

10:48 am.  An Anacortes citizen on West 7th Street contacted Police to report an attempted burglary that had occurred overnight. An Anacortes Police Sergeant contacted the homeowner who stated that he and his wife awoke during the night to a loud bang, but thought that something had blown over due to the wind. As such, they went back to sleep and in the morning discovered damage to the front door of their residence that had been caused by a metal stanchion which had been taken from a neighbor’s yard. There are no suspects in this case.

Monday, June 1

9:00 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1700 block of Q Avenue observed a Toyota Corolla traveling north on Q Avenue with a non-functioning rear taillight. The 26 year-old Anacortes driver was contacted and was unable to provide a driver’s license, and stated that he knew he was suspended. The driver was taken into custody and cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. He was released and his passenger, a licensed driver, drove the vehicle away from the scene.

Tuesday, June 2

4:04 pm.  A 54 year-old Mount Vernon woman driving her Subaru struck the rear of a Kia sedan at the intersection of SR 20 and Reservation Road. The traffic light turned green and the Subaru in the rear accelerated without acknowledging that the Kia in front of her was not moving. The Subaru driver was cited for Following Too Close. There were no injuries.  

5:00 pm.  A 61 year-old Sedro Woolley man was cited for Following Too Close when the Dodge Ram he was driving struck a Volkswagen Jetta in the rear at the intersection of SR 20 and Thompson Road. The driver admitted fault and stated that he and the vehicle he struck were at a red stop light when the light turned green and he accelerated, striking the rear of the Jetta. No one was injured.

Wednesday, June 3

12:37 am.  Anacortes Police responded to the 900 block of 32nd Street per the report of a domestic fight between a man and woman at a home in the area. Officers arrested a 35 year-old male who had been involved in a verbal argument with his girlfriend and had broken a glass door in the course of the argument. He was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on charges of 3rd Degree Malicious Mischief/Domestic Violence.

9:44 am.  An Anacortes resident on 38th Street contacted Police to report that someone had accessed his vehicle in the driveway the previous night and stolen a small amount of change from within. There are no suspects.

This incident was part of a small series of similar incidents and residents are reminded to take extra precautions to secure vehicles and store valuables out of sight.

11:38 am.  A contractor working on a new home in west Anacortes reported a cold theft of approximately $200 worth of construction material the previous evening. There are no suspects in this case.

Thursday, June 4

11:28 am.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1500 block of K Avenue recognized a subject familiar to her as having an active warrant for driving with license suspended out of District Court. The 25 year-old male subject went inside a residence in the area and locked the door upon the officer’s arrival. The officer was ultimately allowed into the residence by a family member and the subject attempted to leave out of the back door, but was kept from doing so by an APD Sergeant. Within a few moments, the subject was taken into custody without incident on his District Court warrant as well as a Department of Corrections warrant. He also received new charges for Resisting Arrest. The subject was transported to a local Department of Corrections Office and released to his parole officer.

6:25 pm.  An Anacortes resident contacted APD to report that her late model vehicle had been scratched causing approximately $500 worth of damage. The scratch was consistent with a key scratch and had occurred sometime in the previous day or two. There are no suspects.

11:54 pm.  Anacortes Police Officers observed a male and female with open beer bottles on the side of the road in the 600 block of N Avenue. The 20 year-old female and 47 year-old male were contacted by Police and advised that they could not be consuming alcohol in public. The female took a voluntary breath test which provided a reading consistent with consuming alcohol. She also admitted to consuming alcohol that evening and was issued a citation for Minor in Possession of Alcohol. Further investigation revealed that the male had purchased the alcohol for the female and was issued a citation for Furnishing Alcohol to Minors.

Friday, June 5

8:37 am.  A resident on K Avenue in Anacortes contacted Police to report that a $500 window had been broken at his home at approximately 1:30 AM the previous evening. The victim stated that he had heard a loud noise during the night but did not realize that his window had been broken. There are no suspects in this case. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,678 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

298 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


362,276 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,632 Hospitalizations

5,422 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 21, 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

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