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A 34-year-old Anacortes man was jailed on a series of charges, including DUI hit-and-run, as a result of an incident near Sharpe’s Corner.

The was arrested by Anacortes Police on Wednesday evening on DUI Hit & Run, Driving in Violation of No Interlock Device, no liability insurance, and Driving With License Suspended charges. APD responded to a dispatched call in the area of Sharpe’s Corner per the report that the driver of a van struck a motorcycle that was parked in a parking lot nearby. Officers arrived in the area and were advised that the suspect vehicle had left the area traveling south on SR-20. Further investigation revealed that the van was registered to someone living nearby and officers contacted the driver a few minutes later in front of the residence. Officers immediately noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle and the driver and when asked, the driver denied having anything to drink or coming from the parking lot where the motorcycle was struck despite damage to his van consistent with striking the vehicle. The subject was asked to step from the vehicle and displayed a lack of balance and slurred speech. The driver declined the offer to provide voluntary breath samples and roadside tests, was taken into custody, and then transported to APD for DUI processing.

While at APD, the subject continued to be uncooperative and verbally berated the APD Sergeant processing him for DUI. After some time, the man ultimately allowed a blood draw by medics who responded to APD and the blood was sent to the lab for processing. He was then transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on his charges.

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

Saturday, January 2

An Anacortes resident fell victim to a vehicle prowl that occurred sometime during the night of New Year’s Eve. Anacortes Police responded to the scene to investigate and were told that the unlocked vehicle was accessed and a wallet with cash and various bank cards was stolen. There are no suspects.

APD took a report of a vehicle that had been keyed sometime overnight on December 31st. The vehicle sustained approximately $500 worth of damage when it was keyed while parked in the victim’s driveway. The victim provided suspect information and the responding officer later spoke with the suspect via phone and the 21-year old admitted to her involvement. A Malicious Mischief 3rd Degree citation was then sent to the court for mailing to the suspect.

Monday, January 4

The driver of a Chevrolet SUV was contacted in the 1200 block of 32nd Street late Monday afternoon for expired registration tabs on the vehicle. The 32 year-old Oak Harbor woman driving the vehicle stated that the vehicle was her friend’s and she had a temporary trip permit in the back window which was later determined to be altered to show an expiration date of January 5, 2016 and an actual expiration date of December 2, 2015. Further, the woman’s driver’s license was suspended since November 2015 and she was taken into custody and cited for 2nd Degree Driving With License Suspended and Trip Permit Usage Violation. She was released at the scene.

Tuesday, January 5

a 25-year old Sedro Woolley woman was issued an infraction for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance on Tuesday morning after she backed her Chevy sedan into a Toyota in the parking lot of a gas station at 24th Street and Commercial Avenue. There were no injuries.

A retailer on S. March’s Point Road called Police Tuesday afternoon to report the theft of a $70 item from their retail floor. The female suspect then fled the store in her vehicle and an APD Corporal contacted the 29-year old Anacortes resident a short time later. She was taken into custody, issued a citation for Theft, banned from the store, and released from the scene.

A minivan and SUV collided at the intersection of O Avenue and Fidalgo Avenue early Tuesday evening. The 29-year old woman driving the minivan was driving north on O Avenue and struck the westbound SUV at the intersection. The minivan driver was determined to be at fault and was issued an infraction for Failure to Yield the Right of Way. There were no injuries. 

Wednesday, January 6

A 45 year-old Mount Vernon woman was taken into custody by Anacortes Police on a Driving With License Suspended citation early Wednesday morning. The woman was driving in the 2700 block of Commercial Avenue at approximately 3AM with an inoperable headlight and was contacted by an Anacortes Police Officer. After being taken into custody, she was provided a courtesy transport to a friend’s home in town and her vehicle was left legally parked.

A dog was found in Skyline and turned in to the Police Department. The Animal Control Officer attempted to contact the registered owner of the small, white dog before impounding him.

A local resident contacted Police on Wednesday afternoon to report that someone had called her to ask for her social security number. No information was provided.

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on eastbound State Route 20 near Reservation Road had to brake and steer clear of a Mercedes SUV that turned in front of him from the turn lane at the intersection. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and determined that the woman was driving with a suspended license. She was arrested and issued a citation for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and a traffic citation for Unsafe Start From a Parked Position. She was released at the scene.

Thursday, January 7

An Anacortes resident on 33rd Street contacted police to report that their trampoline had been cut by an unknown suspect sometime during the previous evening. The estimated cost to replace the trampoline is $300.

Approximately $30 worth of grocery items was taken from a store on Commercial Avenue on Thursday evening and a suspect was taken into custody and charged with theft. A store employee provided APD with a suspect description and the 26 year-old La Conner woman was contacted approximately one block away in the alleyway. The subject denied involvement in the case but a search incident to arrest yielded several grocery items and no corresponding receipt for the items. She was cited for theft, issued a trespass notice, and released from the scene.

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

4,695 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

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


363,840 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,743 Hospitalizations

5,428 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 22, 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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