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An Anacortes Police sergeant clocked a driver at over 90 miles per hours heading towards town on highway 20. 

At about 1:30 in the morning on Monday, May 9, a sergeant saw a vehicle traveling well over the speed limit on Hwy 20. Radar confirmed that the car was traveling over 90 MPH.  He radioed ahead to another officer, who was able to get the suspect stopped on R Ave.  The driver, a 23-year-old Anacortes man, was placed under arrest after several indicators of alcohol intoxication were noted.  The vehicle was impounded and the driver taken to the office, where he provided a breath sample well over the legal limit of .08.  He was booked in to the county jail.  The driver stated that he had no idea that he had been going that fast.  

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

Saturday, May 7

Anacortes K9 Officer Scott Ray assisted the Swinomish Tribal Police Officer at their request.  Officer Ray’s K9, T-Bone, performed a sniff of a vehicle that Swinomish Officers had detained.  The dog’s reaction indicated the possibility of drugs in the vehicle.  A subsequent search found heroin, methamphetamine, some unknown pills and drug paraphernalia.  

Officers responded to a local motel after receiving information about a convicted felon with a felony warrant out for his arrest who might be staying there.  The suspect, a 23-year-old Anacortes man, was located at the motel and taken in to custody.  The warrant for his arrest had been issued by the State Dept. of Corrections.  DOC Officers were contacted and came to Anacortes to take custody of the man, who was subsequently booked in to jail. 

Sunday, May 8

Officers searched the area near State Route 20 and March’s Point Rd after receiving a report of a hit and run accident. While one officer was speaking with the victim, another officer spotted the car that had left the scene and made a traffic stop near Reservation Rd. The driver, a 17-year-old from La Conner, initially denied being involved in an accident, but eventually told the truth after the officer pointed out that there had been several witnesses.  The young man stated that he was scared, so he fled the scene.  The Officer noted several signs of alcohol impairment and the juvenile was placed was placed under arrest for DUI. His car was towed and he was taken to the police department where he provided a breath sample that measured more than twice the legal limit for alcohol intoxication.  He was cited for DUI and Hit and Run, then released to a relative after promising to appear for a court date. 

Monday, May 9

A 63-year-old Anacortes man reported an attempted fraud to the police.  He explained that he’d sold some items online and the buyer had sent him a check for well over the purchase agreement.  Accompanying the check was a request that the man place the check in his account and then send the overage back to the sender.  After depositing the check the man heard from his bank and learned that the check was no good. He realized that this was a scam and contacted the police.  Fortunately, he had not yet sent the “extra” money to the sender yet.  

On May 9th the victim of a car vs bike accident reported that he had been knocked off of his bike while riding on May 7th.  The accident occurred at the intersection of Oakes Ave and B Ave when the driver of the truck turned across the path of the bicycle, causing him to hit the truck and crash.  The truck never stopped and was last seen on B Ave.  Several witnesses described the fleeing truck as a lifted, Ford pickup truck occupied by three people.  The vehicle is red, with a silver tailgate and shaded windows.  Officers would like to speak to the vehicle’s owner.  If you have any information that might assist in the identification of the truck or its owner, call the Anacortes Police Tip Line at 360-299-1985. 

Tuesday, May 10

An officer stopped a vehicle in the 1100 blk of 6th Street after observing a defective taillight.  The driver, a 28-year-old Anacortes woman should not have been driving; her license was suspended due to unpaid tickets.  She was placed under arrest. There were also two small children sleeping in the car, and a man who refused to identify himself and got out of the car and sat on a nearby curb.  When asked about the man, the driver of the car provided a name for him, which turned out to be false.  Another officer arrived at the scene and was able to identify the man as a convicted felon with a Department of Corrections Felony Warrant out for his arrest. Upon realizing that he had been identified, the suspect tried to run, but he was captured and handcuffed by the officers. He was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and heroin.  Felony charges are pending and he was handed over to the custody of Department of Corrections Officers. The driver was cited for driving on a suspended license. The matter has also been forwarded to Child Protection Services for their review. 

Wednesday, May 11

Just after midnight an officer made a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 900 blk of 4th St. because it had no taillights.  The driver claimed to have no ID with him and verbally gave his name to the officer.  The officer was suspicious of the driver and investigated further, discovering that the man had actually given his brother’s name in order to avoid getting arrested for some warrants.  The officer arrested the suspect and advised him of his rights.  He admitted that he had given his brother’s name to avoid arrest.  A records check confirmed that the man had misdemeanor and felony warrants out for his arrest.  He also had a suspended driver’s license.  He was issued a citation for the driving offense and transported to the jail for his warrants.  

Employees of a market on Commercial Ave called to report that three people had fled the store with several food items and some alcoholic drinks.  Officers checked the area but did not initially locate the suspects.  Later in the shift, one of the officers spotted the suspects and contacted them. The officer advised the three of their rights and then asked them about the theft from the store, which they admitted to committing.  They also led him to the stolen basket and items from the store, which were in some nearby bushes.  All three were given notices barring them from returning to the store, as well as citations for theft.  One of the suspects was also charged with making a false statement to an officer after it was discovered that she was using her sister’s name.  Investigation using her real name revealed that she had a misdemeanor warrant out for her arrest.  She was booked and released on the warrant. 

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

5,075 Confirmed Skagit Cases
430-439 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

326 Hospitalizations
72 Deaths
49,057 Fully Vaccinated
59,732 Initial Doses Given


389,882 Confirmed Cases Statewide
23,187 Hospitalizations

5,622 Deaths Statewide
2,757,234 Fully Vaccinated
3,562,750 Initial Doses Given

Updated 7 pm, May 15, 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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