Police Beat

At approximately 7:30 on Saturday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol near 22nd Street and R Avenue observed a maroon sedan travelling northbound at a high rate of speed and exited onto Q Avenue without using a turn signal. The officer stopped the vehicle and spoke with the 34-year old Anacortes man driving the vehicle. The driver told the officer that he did not have a driver’s license and provided the officer with a Washington State ID card and added that he was supposed to have an ignition interlock, which was not present in the vehicle. The male subject was taken into custody for violation of the Ignition Interlock Device requirement. The officer then noticed that the subject smelled of intoxicants and the driver admitted to consuming a 16 ounce beer shortly before driving. Further, the driver agreed to take roadside sobriety tests and performed poorly, nearly losing his balance on several occasions. He then provided a voluntary breath sample which yielded a result of over twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The driver was transported to APD and processed for DUI. He was then transported to the Skagit County Jail as he had previous DUI arrests, and booked on DUI charges and provided copies of his citation for DUI and infractions for no insurance and no valid operating license.

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

Saturday, February 6

At approximately 7:15 Saturday evening, Anacortes Police were dispatched to the 1100 block of 9th Street per the report of a domestic dispute. The reporting party stated that she had been slapped by her boyfriend and her glasses removed and thrown, causing damage to them. Further investigation revealed that the boyfriend/girlfriend had been involved in a verbal argument earlier in the evening which escalated into a physical confrontation. Police contacted the male suspect a short time later at his workplace and took him into custody without incident. He was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on charges of Assault Domestic Violence Protection Act and Malicious Mischief DVPA. 

Monday, February 8

Anacortes Police received a fraud call complaint on Monday afternoon reference two calls the reporting party had received earlier in the day. The calls entailed accusatory messages from someone posing as an IRS agent. The reporting party was aware of the scam and did not provide any personal information. The fraudulent caller provided the number 206-822-8058 which was later found to be a telemarketer number that had been flagged as an IRS scam number. APD received several similar reports of IRS scams that day as well. None of them resulted in the exchange of anything of value. 

Tuesday, February 9

A 25-year old Sedro-Woolley man was taken into custody on a theft warrant on Tuesday afternoon at approximately 5PM. Anacortes Police were called to a restaurant in the 1700 block of Commercial Avenue for a removal request of a patron that had fallen asleep at one of the tables. Officers arrived on scene and spoke with the intoxicated subject who did not know why he was in Anacortes or how he had arrived there. The subject was taken into custody and transported to APD, then released to a family member after agreeing to appear for his court date. 

Wednesday, February 10

At approximately 7AM on Wednesday, APD took a report of a stolen vehicle from H Avenue in Anacortes. The victim reported that his 1997 black Honda Civic coupe had been stolen from his driveway sometime after 5PM on Tuesday. At approximately 10PM that evening, the unoccupied vehicle was discovered and the rightful owner was contacted. 

At approximately 11AM on Wednesday morning, Anacortes Police took a drug problem complaint from a local apartment complex. The reporting party stated that he heard something drop out of a car departing the area. The man then discovered a small black case, later determined to be a methamphetamine pipe. The responding officer took the pipe as evidence to be destroyed.

Friday, February 12

A little after 6AM Friday morning, Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to 38th Street per the report of a motor vehicle accident. An officer arrived on scene and discovered a small sedan in a shallow ditch without enough traction to drive away. The 36-year old in the driver’s seat of the vehicle provided his driver’s license and spoke with slow, slurred speech and had watery, bloodshot eyes. The driver refused to take field sobriety tests, but was taken into custody for DUI based on officer observations and the presence of several alcoholic beverage containers in the back of the car. After the subject was informed that he was under arrest, he got of the vehicle and exhibited poor balance and had to be assisted by the officer when walking to the patrol car. He was transported to APD for processing and provided a breath sample which yielded results of approximately three times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The driver was then transported to a friend’s residence in Anacortes. 

While the initial officer on scene was speaking with the driver, an additional officer identified the passenger in the vehicle. The 35-year old male was found to have a felony warrant out of Island County Superior Court and was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on his warrant.

Saturday, February 13

A home on Guemes View Drive sustained $800 in damage when someone forced entry into the residence by kicking in the front door. The homeowners contacted Anacortes Police on Saturday after they discovered missing items that had been taken from the home during the incident which is thought to have occurred during daylight hours on Friday. Residents in the area of this incident are encouraged to call the APD tip line at (360) 299-1985 with possible suspect information.

A 24-year old California man was taken into custody early Saturday morning by Anacortes Police on a 3rd Degree Driving with License Suspended charge. An officer contacted the driver in the 2200 block of D Avenue after his radar indicated that the vehicle was traveling approximately 10 mph over the 30 mph posted speed limit in the 2500 block. The driver was taken into custody and later released from the scene with a copy of his DWLS infraction and speeding citation.

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.

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