Police Beat

A woman was stopped after she was spotted using a cellphone as she drove by the Police Station on M Ave.

An Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in front of the police station observed a woman drive southbound on M Avenue holding a cellphone to her ear. She was stopped at 24th and M and was unable to provide a driver’s license. The officer was unable to perform a driver’s check due to the system being down, so the woman was released from the scene. A driver’s check on October 13 revealed that the woman’s license was suspended as of 2015 and she was informed that she would be receiving a citation in the mail for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended.

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

Saturday, October 8

Just before 1:00AM on Saturday morning, an Anacortes Police Corporal in her patrol car in the back parking lot of the station observed a white sedan speed past her at approximately 10-15 mph over the speed limit on 24th Street and screech to a stop at 24th and M Avenue. The Corporal stopped the vehicle in the 2800 block of M Avenue and spoke with the 25-year old Anacortes man driving the vehicle. The man’s breath smelled of alcohol and his speech was slow and deliberate. Further, his eyes were watery and bloodshot and he admitted that he had consumed alcohol that evening. The Corporal asked if he would submit to roadside sobriety tests and he refused. The driver was taken into custody without incident for DUI and transported to APD. He refused breath tests at the station and was later booked in the Skagit County Jail. 

Just before 5AM on Saturday, APD Officers were dispatched to 28th Street per the report of a domestic violence incident between a mother and her intoxicated 18-year old daughter. Investigation on scene revealed that the daughter had gotten into an argument with her mother, yelled at her, and physically threw her out of her room by her arm and hair. When officers attempted to detain the daughter to investigate the incident, she flailed and kicked an officer in the face. The woman was booked in the Skagit County Jail on 4th Degree Assault DV and 3rd Degree Assault charges. 

Just after noon on Saturday, Anacortes Police were dispatched to 7th and L Avenue for a single-car accident involving a 19-year old driving his sports car. The vehicle left the road on 7th Street and struck a stop sign and power pole at the intersection. Though the vehicle sustained reportable damage, the driver was not injured. The driver was issued a 2nd Degree Negligent Driving infraction. 

Just before 7PM on Saturday, a 64-year old Anacortes woman turned right off of 32nd Street onto Commercial Avenue and struck the side of a sedan that was passing through the intersection on a green light. She was issued a traffic infraction for Failure to Yield the Right of Way and cited for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance. There were no injuries. 

At 11:30PM on Saturday, Anacortes Police contacted a woman walking unsteadily through a gas station parking lot in the 12000 block of Christianson Road. The woman and two men were contacted at a nearby car wash where they were cleaning their vehicle at a coin-operated vacuum station. One of the men, a 32-year old from Burlington, was determined to have a warrant out of Mount Vernon Municipal Court for negligent driving. He was taken into custody without incident. Officers also performed a records check of the 36-year old Mount Vernon man at the scene and he had a warrant out of Sedro Woolley for disorderly conduct, obstructing traffic. He was placed under arrest and a search incident to arrest yielded a small baggie with trace amounts of what looked to be methamphetamine. Both men were taken to APD and were later booked and released on their warrants. The Mount Vernon man was also charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and agreed to appear on his mandatory court date. 

Sunday, October 9

Just before 9PM on Sunday, an Anacortes Police Sergeant on patrol on 12th Street observed a 2-door coupe driving in front of him in the right hand only turn lane at the intersection of Commercial Avenue. The driver continued straight into the grocery store parking lot and the 52-year old Mount Vernon driver was advised of the reason for the stop. When asked for license and registration for the vehicle, the woman admitted that she did not have a license. Further investigation revealed that she had two warrants out of Mount Vernon for theft and trespassing. She was arrested, transported to the police department, booked and released on her warrants, and cited and released for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended. She also received an infraction for Failure to Obey a Traffic Control Device. 

Just before 11PM on Sunday evening, an Anacortes Police Sergeant on patrol on SR20 followed a hatchback for approximately two miles in the eastbound lanes. The hatchback was traveling back and forth within the lane of travel, going over the center lane on two separate occasions. The Sergeant pulled the vehicle over and the 56-year old driver explained that she was distracted for a minute which is why she was driving that way. It did not appear that the woman was impaired. She then told the Sergeant that her license was suspended but she was working on paying off tickets to get it back. A driver’s check confirmed that the woman’s license was suspended, as of June 2014. She was cited and released for Driving with license suspended and instructed not to drive. 

Tuesday, October 11

Just after noon on Tuesday, Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to Longview Avenue per the report of a physical dispute between a brother and sister. An officer spoke with both parties on scene and it was determined that the brother would be taken into custody for 4th Degree Assault Domestic Violence. Investigation revealed that the 29-year old had grabbed his sister by the hair and pinned her down after the two had a verbal dispute moments earlier about her children who were making noise and had awakened the sleeping brother. The man was booked in the Skagit County Jail on his charges. 

A 17-year old Anacortes driver was cited for Following Too Close on Tuesday afternoon when the SUV she was driving struck the rear of a sedan stopped on Oakes Avenue for a vehicle preparing to make a left-hand turn onto Erie Road.  The 3-car collision resulted in a 30-minute lane closure while two of the vehicles were towed from the scene. Passengers in one of the vehicles were transported by AFD to be treated for possible injuries. 

A 57-year old Anacortes driver was contacted by police on Tuesday evening because the pickup she was driving was stopped at the intersection of 32nd Street and Commercial Avenue and was blocking the northbound lane. An APD Sergeant approached the vehicle and spoke with the woman who stated “I have no idea what I’m doing.” She smelled of alcohol and admitted to having had a “couple of beers.” The woman struggled through some of the roadside tests that were offered and was taken into custody for DUI. She was taken to APD where she was processed for DUI and later released to a family member. 

Wednesday, October 12

Just before 8AM on Wednesday, an Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol at 22nd and O observed a flatbed truck accelerate to 39mph in the 25mph speed zone. The Corporal caught up to the vehicle in the 1400 block of O and initiated a traffic stop. The 18-year old driving the vehicle had a license that was suspended as of July 2016. He was taken into custody, cited for Driving with license suspended 3rd Degree, 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.