Police Beat

A woman who was crossing a downtown street was hit by a driver making a turn at the Commercial Ave.-Fifth St. intersection this week. 

A 58 year-old Anacortes man received a Failure to Yield to Pedestrian in Crosswalk and Operating a Vehicle Without Insurance infraction for his involvement in a car versus pedestrian accident at the intersection of 5th Street and Commercial Avenue on Tuesday evening. The driver was making a left hand turn from Commercial onto 5th Street and struck a pedestrian who fell onto the hood, then the ground after impact. The female pedestrian complained of a sore wrist but refused other medical treatment offered on scene. 

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

Friday, October 30

A 21 year-old Anacortes woman was taken into custody after she was contacted by Anacortes Police driving eastbound on SR 20 in a car with expired registration tabs. The woman was found to be driving without a valid driver’s license and had a warrant out of Skagit County for failure to appear for a hearing. She was booked into the Skagit County Jail on a Driving With Suspended License 3rd Degree charge and her warrant. 

APD took a report of a cold hit and run accident in the 1200 block of N Avenue. The vehicle had been struck on the driver’s side front bumper sometime during the day on October 30th while the vehicle was parked on the east side of the road, facing north. There are no suspects at this time.   

Two small items valued at $80 were reported missing from an unlocked vehicle that was prowled sometime during the evening of October 28th. Anacortes Police were asked to provide extra patrol during the night to prevent further incidents. 

Sunday, November 1

On Sunday morning, Anacortes Police received a report that the rear window of a vehicle parked on 6th Street was broken out with an estimated replacement cost of $500.

Anacortes Police were dispatched to a possible domestic on Sunday evening on 22nd Street. Investigation on scene revealed that a woman had locked herself into a room during an argument and a male who was known to her broke the door and she opened the door to speak with him. The man then grabbed her by the neck and pushed her backwards across the room. The 28 year-old male was at the residence at the time of contact and was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on assault and malicious mischief charges. 

Monday, November 2

On Monday afternoon, an Anacortes Police Officer spoke with a local woman in the APD lobby reference a fraud incident. The woman reported that she responded to a pop up advertisement on her computer that offered technical support for $99.99. The company later contacted her and offered a $2,000 “refund” in exchange for a $1,700 wire transfer to India. Ultimately, over $1,800 in funds were lost in the transactions. 

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on O Avenue made a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of K Avenue and 12th Street after observing the vehicle make an illegal turn at 12th and O Avenue. The officer contacted the 21 year-old male driver and immediately smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The driver performed poorly on voluntary field sobriety tests and exhibited physical symptoms of intoxication such as watery, droopy eyes. Additionally, the subject’s breath smelled strongly of alcohol. The man was taken into custody for DUI processing and transported to APD where he was provided a copy of his DUI citation and released to a sober adult. 

The driver of a black SUV was contacted by an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the alleyway between 17th and 18th Street in Anacortes for an inoperable license plate light. The 37 year-old Edmonds man was initially cleared from the scene after offering an out of state license that was clear and current. Further investigation revealed that the subject’s Washington State driver’s license was suspended since 2010 for failure to appear/unpaid ticket. A Driving With Suspended License 3rd Degree citation was completed and sent to the court to be mailed. 

Tuesday, November 3

At approximately 5AM on Tuesday an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol observed a 41 year-old male known to her who was later found to have two felony warrants for his arrest for Failure to Appear (FTA)/Possession of a Controlled Substance and FTA/Trafficking Stolen Property. The subject was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on his warrants. 

A 23 year-old Oak Harbor woman was issued a Negligent Driving infraction on Tuesday morning when the Honda Accord she was driving in the left lane of eastbound SR 20 merged into the passenger’s side of a Chevy pickup which went into a spin and collided with a Buick sedan. The driver of the Buick sustained possible injuries. All other parties were cleared from the scene. 

Wednesday, November 4

An Anacortes Police Sergeant contacted a male driver whom he recognized from previous contacts as having a suspended license. Further investigation revealed that the man’s license had been suspended since February 2011. Upon contact, the driver stated that he had just been driving to work. He was cited on scene for Driving With License Suspended 3rd Degree and cleared from the scene. 

Two downriggers valued at approximately $2,500 were taken from a boat parked in the driveway at a residence in Anacortes. The reporting party told police that the theft had occurred sometime in the previous week. There are no suspects.  

Early on Wednesday afternoon, Anacortes Police Officers responded to multiple reports from businesses on Commercial Avenue of a young female who may have been drinking and was very emotional. Officers contacted the subject, later determined to be a 16 year-old from Anacortes, who smelled strongly of alcohol and demonstrated slurred, repetitive speech and droopy, watery eyes, and took her into custody on Minor in Possession charges. In the process of taking her into custody and transporting her to the hospital for medical treatment due to the threat of harm to herself or others, the subject physically resisted, kicking, screaming and spitting at officers and hospital staff and effectively kicked one of the officers repeatedly in the shin. The juvenile was left in the care of medical professionals and will be referred on charges of minor in possession, disorderly conduct, and assault. 

A 39 year-old Anacortes woman was contacted by APD on 22nd Street for driving through the stop sign at 22nd Street and H Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. The woman told the officer that she was in a hurry and admitted that her license was suspended. Further investigation revealed that her license was suspended since May, 2015 for a DUI charge. She was placed under arrest and cited for 2nd Degree Driving With License Suspended, then released from the scene. 

Thursday, November 5 

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on eastbound SR 20 contacted the driver of a Pontiac turning southbound at Sharpes Corner with an inoperable headlight. The 30 year-old Oak Harbor man driving the vehicle told the officer that his license was suspended which the officer later confirmed. He was cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and cleared from the scene. 

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,302 Confirmed Skagit Cases
460-469 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

350 Hospitalizations
74 Deaths
61,181 Fully Vaccinated
68,746 Initial Doses Given


410,195 Confirmed Cases Statewide
24,930 Hospitalizations

5,810 Deaths Statewide
3,637,611 Fully Vaccinated
4,122,446 Initial Doses Given

Updated 5:00 pm, June 17, 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