Police Beat

At just about midnight on Saturday evening, March 5, an Anacortes Police Officer was made aware of a possible DUI complaint and located a vehicle similar to the description provided at the intersection of 32nd Street and H Avenue. The sedan did not come to a complete stop at the stop sign and was contacted by the officer. The vehicle stopped in the 3200 block of K Avenue. 

The driver opened the front window and a faint smell of intoxicants came from the vehicle. When asked if anyone in the car had been drinking, all initially stated ‘no’, then one of the rear seat passengers stated that he had been drinking. The officer spoke with all 4 passengers in the vehicle who were all teenagers. All admitted to consuming alcohol that evening and were later cleared from the scene and informed that charges of Minor in Possession would be referred to them. 

The officer then spoke further with the 17-year old male driver. The driver smelled of intoxicants and had watery eyes. He agreed to submit to voluntary field tests and had a hard time following instructions. He was taken into custody for operating a motor vehicle with being under 21 and after consuming alcohol. He was transported to APD to be processed and provided a breath sample of over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was released from the scene to his mother and charges of DUI were later filed. 

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

Friday, March 4

At just about 11PM on Friday, an Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol on N Avenue observed a vehicle in the park which closed an hour previous. The Corporal spoke with the 34-year old Everson male in the driver’s seat, as well as the 17-year old female in the passenger’s seat. A strong burnt smell was coming from the open windows of the vehicle and both occupants were very lethargic and had watery, bloodshot eyes. The Corporal spoke with the female passenger who admitted to using marijuana and swayed from side to side during voluntary field sobriety tests. She was taken into custody on a possession of marijuana charge and transported to her home where she was released to a parent. 

The 34-year old male was taken into custody by a backup officer and taken into custody for Criminal Trespass for being in the park after hours. Further, the male was charged with Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and released from the scene. 

Saturday, March 5

At approximately 7PM on Saturday, APD was advised of a vehicle pursuit that the Washington State Patrol was involved in on Havekost Road. Several officers responded to the scene of the traffic stop that had been initiated by WSP on the 2300 block of 37th ST and the sole occupant of the vehicle, a female, was removed and taken into custody by WSP. 

At just about 11:00 on Saturday evening, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 2200 block of Oakes Avenue observed an SUV with an inoperable license plate light. The officer made a traffic stop on the vehicle and spoke with the 48-year old Mount Vernon man driving the vehicle. Investigation on scene revealed that the driver had a suspended license since 2008 for failure to appear on an unpaid ticket. He was taken into custody on a driving on a suspended license charge and released from custody at a residence nearby.  

Wednesday, March 9

On Wednesday morning at approximately 1AM, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1700 block of 12th Street observed a coupe with an inoperable license plate light. The officer made a traffic stop on the vehicle and spoke with the 26-year old Arlington man driving the vehicle. Investigation on scene revealed that the man had a suspended license since September 2014. The driver was taken into custody and cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended before being released at the scene. 

Thursday, March 10

At approximately 1PM on Thursday, Anacortes Police were dispatched to a 911 hang-up on 4th Street. Officers arrived on scene and spoke with a female standing in the front yard. Investigation on scene revealed that the woman’s boyfriend had attempted to call 911 as she had been making threats of self-harm, but she unplugged the phone from the wall. No crime was reported, but the 36-year old female was taken into custody on two warrants for driving with license suspended and use of drug paraphernalia. She was transported to APD where she was booked and released from the scene. 

A 27-year old Anacortes man with 8 warrants for his arrest was taken into custody from his home on H Avenue on Thursday afternoon. Officers announced their arrival at the man’s home and after a few minutes were led into the home where they searched for the man. Ultimately, Anacortes Officers contacted the man hiding in the attic and took him into custody without incident. He was then taken to APD and later to the Skagit County Jail where he was booked on his warrants for driving with license suspended, domestic violence assault, obstructing law enforcement, malicious mischief, possession of stolen property, a domestic violence no contact order violation, and an additional charge of Resisting Arrest. 

At approximately 10PM on Thursday, Anacortes Police responded to the 1900 block of 23rd Street per the report of a domestic dispute between a mother and her 17-year old juvenile son who had left the residence on foot. Officers responded to the area and observed the juvenile running away from the residence. A short foot pursuit ensued and the suspect was taken into custody in the 2200 block of 23rd Street. 

Further investigation revealed that the juvenile’s mother had discovered marijuana in his room and the two had a verbal argument after his mom took his computer from him. He then acted out physically by breaking a potted plant and smashing food on the floor which is when the police were called. 

The juvenile’s mother turned over two containers containing marijuana and one with tobacco. The suspect was transported to APD and later booked in the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center on charges of 3rd Degree Malicious Mischief, Domestic Violence; Possession of Marijuana Under 40 grams, and Obstructing a Law Enforcement Officer. The juvenile also received an infraction for Purchase/Possession of Tobacco Under 18 years old. 

Friday, March 11

A resident near Hillcrest Dr in Anacortes contacted Police to report the theft of $30 worth of lawn and garden items from their front porch sometime the previous day. There are no suspects. 

An Anacortes resident called APD on Friday afternoon to report that she had received a fraudulent IRS phone call. She had been contacted four times since March 8th. Nothing of value was lost in any of these incidents.  

APD took a vehicle prowl report on Friday afternoon from a travel trailer owner who had his trailer parked on Stevenson Road. Per the victim, his trailer had been broken into sometime in the previous several weeks causing approximately $200 in damages. A small refrigerator valued at approximately $300 was also taken. Nothing further was removed from the trailer and there are no suspects. 

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.