Police Beat

A handcuffed arrestee led police on a brief foot chase which prompted police to hobble his legs to prevent another chase.

At approximately 9:30PM on Tuesday evening, Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to a motel on Commercial Avenue after a 911 call for help with screaming in the background. Officers arrived and heard arguing from within a guest room. Officers made entry into the room and spoke with a male and female within. The woman told police that her boyfriend and she were out for a walk and he began to yell and speak nonsensically. He took his girlfriend’s cellphone during their argument and when she attempted to get it back, he struck her in the lip, then grabbed her arm and forced her to walk with him. The male subject was taken into custody for Assault 4 Domestic Violence and escorted to a police car where he sat down for a moment, then ran towards Commercial Avenue in handcuffs yelling for help. After a brief foot pursuit, the man was placed in a hobble to limit leg movement and placed in a patrol car for transport to jail on assault and Resisting Arrest charges. A records check confirmed that the female subject had a warrant out of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office. She was also transported to jail and booked on her warrant.

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

Saturday, December 17

An Anacortes Police Officer took a malicious mischief report from a boat owner on Saturday afternoon. The reporting party stated that his boat was vandalized in a failed attempt to remove valuable components while parked in a lot on Q Avenue. The boat sustained approximately $350 in damages to a hydraulic line and mounting bolts. There are no suspects.

A 21-year old Anacortes woman was doing doughnuts in the Little Cranberry Lake parking lot early Saturday morning when her car got lodged on a rock outcropping. APD was advised of the vehicle later in the morning and arrived on scene to tow the vehicle that had sustained some damage in the incident. The vehicle owner was later contacted and admitted to driving her vehicle when it became stuck. She was cited for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance and Negligent Driving.

Just before midnight on Saturday night, an Anacortes Police Sergeant on patrol on Marine Drive observed a sedan traveling approximately 14 mph over the posted 40 mph speed limit. The Sergeant pulled behind the vehicle and further observed that at one point it had passed approximately one foot into the opposite lane of travel. He then initiated a traffic stop and spoke with the 45-year old Anacortes driver who smelled of alcohol and admitted that she had been drinking earlier that evening. The woman took voluntary roadside tests, but had a difficult time following directions and maintaining her balance. A breath sample she provided revealed that she was over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. She was taken into custody and cited for DUI and speeding. She was later released to a sober adult.

Sunday, December 18

The driver of a gray sedan pulled in front of an APD Corporal on patrol on Commercial Avenue just before midnight on Sunday causing the Corporal to brake hard to avoid a collision. The Corporal initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle on O Avenue and spoke with the 34-year old Anacortes driver, a man police had probable cause to arrest as a suspect in an assault that occurred earlier in the month. The driver initially failed to comply with officer commands to put his hands on the steering wheel and was reaching for the glove compartment of his vehicle. Within moments, the man was taken into custody without incident. A search incident to arrest yielded a plastic baggie containing methamphetamine. The subject was booked in the Skagit County Jail on an investigative hold for Possession of Meth and 2nd Degree Assault as well as three warrants—two felonies, one misdemeanor.

Monday, December 19

A motor vehicle accident at 12th and I Avenue at noon on Monday resulted in possible injury to vehicle occupants in the front of a 3 car collision. A 19-year old Anacortes driver was cited for negligent driving for rear ending an SUV that was stopped behind a station wagon that was stopped to make a left-hand turn.

A 21-year old Oak Harbor man was cited for Following Too Close after the SUV he was driving rear-ended a small sedan on SR 20 and Reservation Road. The sedan sustained reportable damage, but no one was injured.  

Just after 7PM on Monday evening, APD Officers were dispatched to Heart Lake Road after a 911 call was received from the area. A sedan was being jump-started when officers arrived. The owner of the vehicle, a 30-year old woman from Anacortes, was familiar to officers and a records check revealed that she had two warrants for her arrest. She was booked and released at the scene on two warrants and provided a courtesy transport to a home within the city.  

Tuesday, December 20

A 69-year old Lope Island driver was cited for Improper Passing on the Left Side on Tuesday morning after she side swiped a semi-truck merging onto SR 20 from R Avenue. All vehicle occupants were uninjured and both vehicles drove away from the scene.

Late Tuesday evening, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol in the 2100 block of R Avenue contacted a sedan with a broken headlight. The Oak Harbor driver had a suspended driver’s license out of California and was arrested and cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended and later walked away from the scene after parking his vehicle legally on the side of the street.

Wednesday, December 21

Three Great Danes were running at large in the area of Skyline Way on Wednesday afternoon. The dogs were later reunited with their owner who was told to purchase licenses for the dogs by mid-January.

Report of a possible home prowler in central Anacortes. Further investigation revealed that a roof cleaner was working on the roof.

Thursday, December 22

A Hyundai Elantra parked in the northeast corner of the grocery store parking lot on 11th Street sustained approximately $1,000 damage when it was struck by another vehicle on Thursday afternoon. The vehicle owner reported the incident to police, providing an approximate time of 3:30 PM. If you have any information on this incident, please call 911 Dispatch at 360-428-3211 reference APD case #16-A09734.

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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