Police Beat

An Orcas Island man led Anacortes Police on a brief chase, but when his car got stuck in a ditch on Fidalgo Bay Rd. he jumped into the bay to try to get away.

Just after 5:30 on Monday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer was southbound on Commercial Avenue when he observed a vehicle with expired tabs as of March 2016. The vehicle made an abrupt turn to the west on 19th Street at which point the officer turned on his overhead lights to perform a traffic stop. The speeding vehicle continued through a series of abrupt turns and ran a stop sign before becoming disabled when it slid partially off pavement on Fidalgo Bay Road. Officers on scene lost sight of the vehicle occupant for a few minutes, but later located him on a steep bank next to the bay that is covered in vegetation. The 28-year old Eastsound man was ordered out of the vegetation with his hands up, but failed to comply. He then jumped into Fidalgo Bay and made a short attempt to swim away. His plan was thwarted by the frigid water temperature and he soon returned to shore and complied with officer commands to sit on a rock where he was then taken into custody without incident and escorted up the hill to a patrol vehicle. The man told police that he attempted to flee because he didn’t want to go to jail as he would go through withdrawals as a heavy drug user. The male subject was transported to the Skagit County Jail on an investigative hold for Eluding, Possession of a Stolen Motor Vehicle, and Possession of Stolen Property.

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

Sunday, November 27

Just before 8PM on Sunday evening, Anacortes Police Officers responded to the 1600 block of Skyline Way per the report of a pickup that had struck a median. The 22-year old Anacortes driver was sitting in front of the truck upon officer arrival and he smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes. The man admitted to drinking and driving and had difficulty maintaining his balance when asked to perform voluntary sobriety tests. The driver was arrested at the scene for DUI and transported to APD for processing. A breath test administered at the station yielded readings of approximately twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was later released to a sober adult.

Monday, November 28

Just after midnight on Monday morning, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 1400 block of 32nd Street met an SUV with a burned out headlight. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle that had pulled into a driveway in the area. The 25-year old man driving the vehicle got out of the vehicle exclaiming that he had made it home. A routine driver’s check revealed that his license was suspended as of June 2, 2016 and he was taken into custody without incident. He was released at the scene with a citation for Driving with License Suspended 3rd Degree and information about his December court date.

A 42-year old Anacortes man was taken into custody early Monday morning after attempting to steal a bottle of beer from the grocery store. An APD Corporal dispatched to the scene took the man into custody after a store representative provided a description of the man who was walking southbound on Commercial. The man had been trespassed from the store a few days prior and was booked in the Skagit County Jail on an investigative hold for 2nd Degree Burglary.

Also on Monday morning, an APD Corporal was dispatched to a possible hit and run in the 1100 block of 6th Street. Investigation on scene revealed that on Sunday evening a pickup backing into the road from a motel parking lot struck a station wagon parked in the road causing reportable damage to the rear passenger door, then drove off. Further investigation revealed that the 26-year old driver had a suspended license and the vehicle was not insured. Police spoke with the driver and informed her that she would be receiving an infraction for Improper Backing with Accident and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance and a citation for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended.  

On Monday afternoon, Anacortes Police received a report from family members of a 21-year old woman who had not been heard from or seen since November 17. The woman was thought to have been living with her infant son in her car. An attempt to locate bulletin was put out on Wednesday morning and within a couple of hours the woman called APD to report that everything was fine and she was staying with family in another part of the state.

Just before 9PM on Monday, an Anacortes Police Officer performed a traffic stop on R Avenue on a vehicle with a registration that showed it had been sold in September. The 53-year old Anacortes driver stated that he purchased the car a couple days prior. A routine driver’s check revealed that the man had an expired license as of July 2013 and he was placed under arrest. The officer completed a citation for Driving with License Suspended 3rd Degree and Failure to Transfer Title Within 45 Days. He was then released from custody at the scene.

Tuesday, November 29

A building in the 3100 block of V Avenue was tagged with black spray paint. The graffiti included a variety of symbols, numbers, and shapes. Police are interested in speaking with the suspect(s). If you have any information about this incident, please contact APD via 911 Dispatch at 360-428-3211 reference APD case #16-A09173.

Wednesday, November 30

A large section of the outfield fence at Alton Daniel’s Field was spray painted with black graffiti sometime over the weekend. Estimated cost to the city to repair the fence is $500. The incident may be related to a similar graffiti incident that occurred on V Avenue and reported the previous day. Please contact APD reference case #16-A09173 with information about this incident via 911 Dispatch at 360-428-3211.

Just after noon on Wednesday, APD took a report of an incident that occurred approximately one week prior. The reporting party stated that his pickup was parked in the 2300 block of Skyline Way and he discovered his door ajar and contents therein had been rifled through, though nothing was missing. There are no suspects at this time.

On Wednesday afternoon, APD’s School Resource Officer took a report from a high school student and her mother who reported that her vehicle had been tagged with a derogatory term in black marker while parked in the high school parking lot. There are no suspects.

Thursday, December 1

An Anacortes Police Officer took a theft report from a local hardware store on Thursday morning. In speaking with a store representative, it was determined that a mower and generator, valued at approximately $1,000 each, were stolen from the store in late September or early October. 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.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,678 Confirmed Skagit Cases
390-399 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

298 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
37,483 Fully Vaccinated
52,143 Initial Doses Given


362,276 Confirmed Cases Statewide
21,632 Hospitalizations

5,422 Deaths Statewide
1,982,674 Fully Vaccinated
2,927,970 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, April 21, 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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