Police Beat

A driver was involved in a single-car rollover crash after apparently dozing off near the highway 20 intersection with R Ave.

Just before 3AM on Sunday morning, APD Officers were dispatched to the westbound lanes of SR 20 near the intersection of R Avenue for a single vehicle rollover accident. Officers spoke with the 21-year old Anacortes man who was driving at the time of the incident. The driver told police that he had dozed off which led to the accident. He asserted that he had not been drinking, but smelled of alcohol and performed poorly on voluntary roadside sobriety tests. He was taken into custody for DUI and transported to APD for processing. He was later provided a courtesy transport to his residence. 

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

Saturday, October 29

On Saturday morning, just after midnight, an APD Officer on patrol on westbound SR 20 observed a pickup traveling 10 mph over the posted 55mph speed limit. The officer pulled the pickup over and asked for the driver’s license and registration. The 23-year old driver retrieved the documents, but had difficulty manipulating them. In addition, there was a faint odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. The driver was asked to perform voluntary roadside sobriety tests and provided a portable breath sample which was just over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was taken into custody and transported to APD where he was cited for 1st Degree Negligent Driving and speeding. He was then provided a courtesy transport to his residence. 

On Saturday evening, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the eastbound lanes of the SR 20 spur observed a car driven by a man known to police. A driver’s check revealed that the man was driving without a valid license and he was pulled over at the park and ride on S. March’s Point Road. The 49-year old Anacortes resident was told of the reason for the stop and asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle. He stated that there were two pipes for smoking methamphetamine in the vehicle. APD’s K-9, T-Bone, was deployed on the outside of the car and exhibited a change of behavior consistent with drugs in the vehicle. The car was searched with permission from the driver and a pipe and baggie with methamphetamine residue was found in the car. The driver was taken into custody and released from the scene with a Possession of Drug Paraphernalia citation. 

Sunday, October 30

Just after 1AM on Sunday, APD Officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance on W. 3rd Street. Police were called by a woman who stated that she and her husband were arguing and he had broken some items within the home. Further investigation revealed that there had been a party at the home that evening and the intoxicated 40-year old had broken a dish in the living room and was yelling at guests. Officers were directed to a room within the home where the man had barricaded himself. After a few moments of speaking with him through the door, officers unlocked the door and discovered him within a few feet of the door holding a small knife. He was directed to drop the knife and did so within a few moments. He did not cooperate with verbal commands to get on the ground, so was taken to the ground by officers and placed under arrest. He was transported to the Skagit County Jail and booked on charges of Malicious Mischief Domestic Violence and Obstructing. 

An SUV owner called police to provide a statement regarding her unoccupied SUV that had been struck while parked in the hospital lot sometime between 6:30AM and 3:00PM that day. There are no suspects. 

A 42-year old Mount Vernon man was arrested by an APD Corporal on Sunday afternoon. The man was driving his vehicle on SR 20 and was stopped after the Corporal discovered that he had a felony warrant for Violation of the Controlled Substances Act. He was taken into custody without incident and a search of his person incident to arrest yielded three plastic straws often used to consume controlled substances. He also had a small plastic baggie containing methamphetamine crystals and a lighter. The driver was transported to jail and booked on his warrant and his vehicle was impounded pending a search warrant. On November 1, APD Officers searched the vehicle and discovered $60 cash, 6 glass pipes containing residue, 10 plastic straws, several pieces of aluminum foil, and a small scale. The driver now faces additional charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Just after 5:30 on Sunday afternoon, an APD Officer was dispatched to Seafarers Memorial Park per the report of a verbally aggressive man carrying a large stick and wearing a backpack. Police spoke with a 42-year old Mount Vernon man matching the description provided and determined that he had a warrant for his arrest out of the Mount Vernon Municipal Court. Further, a Port of Anacortes representative stated that they wanted him banned from the property. The subject was taken into custody on his warrant and transported to APD where he was later released from custody with a copy of his trespass notice. 

Monday, October 31

Just before 9:30 PM on Monday night, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on 12th Street observed a pickup traveling 11mph over the posted 30mph speed limit. The officer pulled the vehicle over on B Avenue to speak with the 52-year old male driver. The driver had watery, bloodshot eyes and fumbled with his wallet when trying to provide required documentation. He admitted to the officer that he had been drinking that evening, later confirming that he had had 4 drinks that evening, and voluntarily took roadside tests. The man had a hard time following the simple instructions associated with the tests and had a very hard time maintaining his balance. He provided a breath sample yielding results well over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was taken into custody for DUI and a search incident to arrest yielded a small baggie containing cocaine as well as two pills not prescribed to him. He was transported to the APD to be processed for DUI, then booked in the Skagit County Jail for DUI and investigative hold for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.  

Wednesday, November 2

On Wednesday evening at approximately 9:00, an APD Officer was dispatched to a church on 8th Street per the report of a call from a church representative that a man was sleeping at the front door of the building. Investigation on scene revealed that the 21-year old male had been trespassed from that location previously and he was taken into custody for 2nd Degree Criminal Trespassing. He was cited and released from the scene. 

Thursday, November 3

Just before 7PM on Thursday, APD Officers were dispatched per the report of a pickup that had driven through the yard and was parked across an apartment driveway in the 1100 block of 29th Street. Upon arrival, officers observed an intoxicated male lying on his back under a pickup that was still running and he appeared to be unconscious. The 33-year old Mount Vernon subject was unable to speak coherently with police and, with assistance from an officer, was able to walk a few feet away and prop himself up on a wall. Investigation on scene revealed that the man had driven into the area with a small child on his lap, then stopped the vehicle and fell out the door. The driver was taken into custody on DUI charges and booked in jail on DUI, Reckless Endangerment, and Resisting Arrest charges due to physical struggles with officers.  

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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