Police Beat

There were a number of DUI cases investigated by Anacortes Police in the week before Christmas, including one that involved an apparent crash into a rock wall on Fidalgo Bay Drive.

At approximately 11PM on Saturday, Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to what was initially thought to be a vehicle problem on Fidalgo Bay Drive. Officers arrived on scene and observed a red pickup parked sideways blocking both lanes of the roadway and debris in the road consistent with a collision. Further, there were tire marks leading from a small stone wall several yards away up to the parked vehicle. Through slurred speech, the 56-year old Anacortes driver admitted that he had been drinking. The driver had a strong odor of intoxicants coming from his breath and displayed a lack of balance almost to the point of falling over. Additionally, the man provided a breath sample of nearly twice the legal limit to legally operate a motor vehicle. He was taken into custody on DUI charges, processed at the police department, and transported to a friend’s home within city limits.   

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

Friday, December 18

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on West 12th Street observed a sedan with expired registration tabs since February 2015. The vehicle was pulled over in the 1700 block of 12th Street and the driver was determined to have a suspended license since November 26, 2015 for failure to appear on an unpaid ticket. The 36 year-old Burlington woman also informed the officer that she had a warrant for violation of a no contact order, later determined to be out of the Burlington Municipal Court. Further investigation revealed that the woman had two additional warrants out of Skagit County District Court for driving on a suspended license. She was taken into custody, booked in the Skagit County Jail on her warrants, and advised that she would be given an additional driving on a suspended license charge.

A resident of West 12th Street contacted police Friday afternoon to report the theft of a package from their doorstep earlier in the week. There are no suspects.

Saturday, December 19

At about midnight on Saturday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue observed a vehicle swerving left and right and traveling approximately 10 miles per hour under the posted speed limit of 30 miles per hour. Additionally, the vehicle had expired tabs as of February. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the 28 year-old Burlington driver. The officer immediately noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver’s breath and noticed an open 24-ounce can of beer in the center console and several other cans of beer on the floor in the back of the car. The driver spoke to the officer with slurred speech and seemed confused when asked for his license, registration, and insurance. The driver declined to submit to voluntary roadside or breath tests and was taken into custody on a DUI charge. The driver stumbled and had to hold himself up against his vehicle upon exiting. The driver was searched incident to arrest and a large crystal in a plastic baggie, consistent with methamphetamine, was found in his pocket. Additionally, there were several pill bottles in the vehicle and 3 hydrocodone pills.  The man was then transported to APD where he was processed for DUI. While at the police department, the subject’s condition continued to deteriorate and an aid unit was called to transport him to the hospital where he was treated.

Three books sent in two separate shipments and a check were removed from a mailbox in Anacortes on Friday evening. APD took the report from a woman on Saturday morning who stated that these items and perhaps more were taken from her mailbox. There are no suspects.

An 18-year old Anacortes driver and his passenger sustained minor injuries when the pickup they were traveling in struck a tree in the 2000 block of Anacopper Mine Road. The driver admitted to driving too fast when he lost control of the vehicle. The pickup appeared to be totaled. The driver was issued a Speeding Too Fast for Conditions infraction.

At least two mailboxes on West 5th Street were damaged and contents from one of the boxes strewn in the roadway at midday on Saturday. The owners were instructed to contact police should they notice any further issues. There are no suspects.

An Anacortes Police Officer investigated two cold vehicle prowls at a storage facility on Stevenson Road on Saturday afternoon. The reporting party stated that her RV sustained approximately $1,000 in damages when someone pried open the locked door and ransacked the vehicle. Police also investigated a second RV prowl that resulted in the loss of an electronic item valued at $200. The incident may be related to a previous case that was reported approximately one month previous.

Sunday, December 20

A 31 year-old California woman was arrested on DUI charges early Sunday morning by an Anacortes Police Officer, who observed the woman make a left hand turn onto O Avenue out of a convenience store parking lot. Only right turns are allowed at that spot and the officer pulled in behind the woman’s vehicle, which was now traveling at approximately 5 mph. The officer initiated a traffic stop and spoke with the woman and noticed that she had droopy, bloodshot eyes. A strong odor of alcohol was coming from the vehicle and the driver’s breath. When asked how much alcohol she had that evening, the woman said “none.” She refused to take part in voluntary field sobriety or breath tests that were offered and was ultimately taken into custody for DUI and transported to APD for processing. The woman continued to demonstrate behaviors consistent with intoxication such as slurred speech and mood swings. The subject would not consent to a breath test so the officer obtained a search warrant and transported her to the hospital where her blood was drawn and later sent to the Washington State Patrol Toxicology lab for testing. She was then provided a courtesy transport to a family member’s home.

Anacortes Police received a tip of a subject working for a local restaurant who had a warrant for his arrest. The warrants were confirmed and the 32 year-old Anacortes man was later taken into custody from his workplace and booked on his warrant.

Monday, December 21

At approximately noon on Monday, Anacortes Police responded to a three-car, non-injury collision that occurred in the drive-through of a local fast food restaurant. The accident was caused by the rear vehicle that lurched forward when the driver’s foot slipped from the brake to the gas pedal. There were no injuries.

Tuesday, December 22

At about 1AM on Tuesday, Anacortes Police were dispatched to a local grocery store per the report of adult females who had stolen approximately $80 worth of clothing, hygiene, and entertainment items. The responding officer checked the area, then spoke with a store manager on scene and viewed surveillance footage of two adult females removing items from the shelf and leaving the store without offering payment. Swinomish Police contacted the two La Conner women a short time later and they were taken into custody on confirmed warrants. Additionally, Anacortes Police Officers met with the women at the scene of the stop, recovered the stolen property, and issued citations for theft as well as notices not to return to the store. APD then cleared the scene.

Wednesday, December 23

A 69-year old Mount Vernon man was issued an infraction for Following Too Close on Wednesday afternoon when he failed to stop in time and struck the vehicle in front of him that had stopped for the light at Sharps Corner. There were no injuries. 

Note: Anacortes Police Department policy is to not include names or addresses of businesses or individuals that call 911 for police assistance, though this information is a matter of public record.

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