Police Beat

A 78-year-year old man was booked into county jail on a DUI charge, as well as other charges, after his vehicle sheered off a fire hydrant.

Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to a single car motor vehicle accident at Glasgow Way and Cypress Drive on Wednesday evening. Upon arrival, Anacortes Officers confirmed the report they had received that a sedan had struck a fire hydrant, snapping it off at the base and driven up onto the lawn of a home in the area. Witnesses also stated that they observed the driver attempt to backup and drive off. An APD Officer contacted the 78 year-old driver of the vehicle who was slurring his speech and was very repetitive and difficult to understand. He also smelled of intoxicants and was having a hard time maintaining his balance. Poor performance on roadside tests and a partial breath sample yielding results of over the limit to safely operate a motor vehicle collected on scene provided probable cause to take the man into custody for investigation of DUI. He was transported to Island Hospital where he consented to a blood draw for investigative purposes, as he was unable to physically provide a full breath sample, then to APD for further processing. He was ultimately booked into the Skagit County Jail for DUI, Improper Lane Usage, and No Proof of Insurance.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police worked on this week

Sunday, June 21

10:48 am.  The driver of a 2000 Peterbilt tanker truck was cited for Following Too Closely when his truck rear-ended a pickup truck merging onto eastbound SR 20 near Sharpe’s Corner. The pickup driver sustained minor injuries.

12:42 pm.  The driver of a late model Hyundai Santa Fe was traveling westbound on Seafarers Way when a Chevy Pickup backed into the front bumper causing reportable damage to both vehicles. The driver of the pickup was cited for Unsafe or Improper Backing. There were no injuries.

7:49 pm.  When Anacortes Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on SR 20 and Fidalgo Bay Road, officers arrived and found a travel trailer on its side in the center barrier blocking both eastbound lanes. In addition, a pickup truck pulling the trailer was parked nearby and had sustained significant damage to the rear passenger’s side and the rear driver’s side tire was flat. Three men were standing nearby and identified themselves as the occupants of the vehicle. The driver, a 53 year-old from Anacortes, stated that he had borrowed the truck to move the trailer. The driver smelled of alcohol and his eyes were bloodshot and watery. The APD Officer asked if he had been drinking and he admitted to consuming 4 beers while watching the U.S. Open earlier in the day. A voluntary breath test administered on scene yielded results of over twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was taken into custody for DUI and transported to Anacortes PD for processing. It was later determined that the subject had a previous DUI conviction and he was transported to the Skagit County Jail for mandatory booking on his charge.

Monday, June 22

12:45 am.  A 20th Street resident contacted Police to report that three juveniles had thrown an item at the front of her residence and then ran off on foot. Anacortes Police Officers searched the area and a few minutes later located a subject matching the description provided by the reporting party on 19th Street. The subject then ran into the back yard of a home in the area and, with the help of two residents, the 14 year-old male, who is known to police, was apprehended. Further investigation revealed that the subject was outside of the conditions of his juvenile probation. He was transported to the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center for violating his probation. Further investigation also revealed that the juvenile had marijuana and Spice on his person and he was charged with Possession of Marijuana.

Tuesday, June 23

4:58 am.  Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to a physical domestic violence call in the 1700 block of 12th Street, between H and I avenues. Investigation on scene revealed that a boyfriend and girlfriend had been in a verbal argument that turned physical. The woman told Police that she and her boyfriend had been drinking that evening and she went to sleep about midnight and her boyfriend stayed up and continued to drink. At approximately 4:30 AM the woman woke up to loud banging on the front door. She went to the door and found her naked, intoxicated boyfriend at the door. The ensuing argument escalated and the woman stated that she was struck in the face with a closed fist. Officers searched the surrounding area and found the partially clothed male subject in the woods nearby. He was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail on a Domestic Violence Assault charge.

12:20 pm.  An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol at the intersection of SR 20 and Christianson Road observed a Chevy pickup with expired registration tabs as of May 2015. The officer made contact with the driver and informed her of the expired tabs on her vehicle, then asked for her driver’s license. The 40 year-old Hope Island woman provided a Washington State ID card and stated that her license was expired. She was then cited for driving with license suspended. Investigation also revealed that the 32 year-old La Conner woman in the passenger’s seat of the vehicle had a bench warrant out of Mount Vernon Municipal Court for failure to appear on a theft charge. She was booked and released on her charges. Both women were released at the scene and agreed to contact a licensed driver to drive them home.

Wednesday, June 24

2:35 am.  An Anacortes Police Sergeant on patrol was flagged down by a resident in the 1500 block of 32nd Street, near 32nd and K Ave. The man stated that he had just observed a male in the area knock over and damage a mailbox. Based on the physical descriptors provided, officers contacted the suspect at the intersection of 32nd Street and D Avenue to interview him. The 26 year-old told officers that he was upset about an argument he had just been in so he knocked over 3-4 mailboxes and damaged them. He was placed under arrest and issued a citation for Malicious Mischief.

6:00 am.  Anacortes Police received information of a 32 year-old man in the area with an extraditable felony warrant out of South Carolina. The man was contacted at a local motel, taken into custody without incident, and transported to the Skagit County Jail on Investigation of Fugitive from Justice.

3:00 pm.  Anacortes Police responded to a two-vehicle, non-injury collision in the 600 block of Q Avenue. A 73 year-old woman from Anacortes was issued an infraction for Failure to Yield Right of Way for driving her Subaru in front of an older model Mercedes that struck the side of her vehicle while traveling south on Q Avenue. The Subaru driver explained that she is not able to see or hear well and thought the roadway was clear when she pulled out. Total cost of repairs to both vehicles is approximately $1,300.

Thursday, June 25

10:00 am.  A 30 year-old Mount Vernon woman driving a Dodge Ram pickup was issued an infraction for Failure to Secure Load on Thursday morning. The officer was dispatched to the 1100 block of 24th Street per a 911 call from the driver of a vehicle following the pickup who reported that gravel was coming from the back of the pickup which had caused damage to her windshield. The officer confirmed the damage to the vehicle, facilitated the exchange of insurance information, issued the infraction, and cleared the scene.

12:40 pm.  An Anacortes Police Detective in an unmarked patrol car at the intersection of 22nd Street and Commercial Avenue contacted the driver of an Isuzu Rodeo after the 30 year-old male driving the vehicle pulled in front of him as he was turning west on 22nd Street. Further investigation revealed that the driver had a suspended license as of February 2011. The detective issued the driver a criminal citation for driving with license suspended that was sent to the court for mailing.