Police Beat

Police arrested and charged a man with DUI and hit-and-run in connection with hitting a building in his pickup, driving across a residential lawn and then through a commercial alleyway.

Friday, February 3

At 10:30 PM on Friday, Feb. 3, APD Officers were dispatched to 7th and Commercial per the report of a possible DUI driver getting into a pickup in the area. Additional information was relayed to officers that the vehicle struck a building, may have driven through a resident’s lawn, and was driving through a commercial alleyway. Officers contacted the damaged vehicle at 5th and Commercial and the 28-year old Sedro-Woolley man who is the registered owner of the vehicle, a short distance away. The vehicle owner was seated on the ground and had a tough time sitting upright. His eyes were watery and bloodshot and he smelled of alcohol. When asked if he had been driving his vehicle, the man stated that he had been out walking and didn’t want to answer any further questions. A records check revealed that the man had a warrant out of Island County for 2nd Degree Vehicle Prowl. He was placed under arrest for his warrant and, with the help of two officers, assisted to his feet and supported as he walked to prevent him from falling. He was transported to APD to be processed for DUI due to witness accounts that the man had fled from the disabled pickup. He was later booked in the Skagit County Jail for DUI, Hit & Run, and Driving With License Suspended.

Saturday, February 4

Just before midnight on Saturday morning, an APD Officer took a stolen vehicle report from a man who stated that his green Chevy Trailblazer had been stolen sometime between 4 and 11PM on Friday. The officer took the report and filed a vehicle theft report. Late Monday morning, APD sent out a social media message asking the public for their help to locate the vehicle. At 10:30, an officer was dispatched to the 800 block of Commercial to recover the vehicle, which was unlocked and undamaged. The vehicle was then returned to its rightful owner.

Sunday, February 5

Just after 9AM on Sunday, an APD Officer on patrol on the 3100 block of D Avenue observed a vehicle driving 10 mph over the posted 30 mph speed limit. The 48-year old driver told the officer that he had been grocery shopping and was speeding because he didn’t want his ice cream to melt. When asked for his license, the man said he didn’t have one. A driver’s check revealed that the man’s license was suspended as of March 2010 and a vehicle ignition interlock device was required, though none was present in the sedan he was driving. He was taken into custody and cited for 1st Degree Driving With License Suspended and Operating a Motor Vehicle Without an Ignition Interlock Device. He was provided a courtesy transport to his residence and released.

A 24-year old Anacortes woman was given a Failure to Yield Right of Way infraction on Sunday afternoon when she ran a stop sign at 11th Street and O Avenue and struck the side of a sedan causing reportable damage to both vehicles. There were no injuries.

A 24-year old Oak Harbor woman was cited for Operating a Motor Vehicle Without Insurance on Sunday afternoon. The woman’s vehicle struck a sedan that was stopped at Sharpes Corner waiting to turn south on SR 20. The driver stated that the collision was caused by complications with the shifting mechanism in her car. She was unable to provide proof of insurance and was issued an infraction.

Tuesday, February 7

A 45-year old Mount Vernon man was cited for 3rd Degree Driving With License Suspended on Tuesday afternoon. An Anacortes Police Officer was in search of a lost dog when he observed a pickup with two occupants calling for a dog by name. Though the officer and pickup occupants did not locate the dog at that time, the officer contacted the vehicle driver and identified him in case the dog was located. A driver’s check of the 45-year old man’s license revealed that he had a suspended license and a citation was provided to the court for mailing.

Thursday, February 9

A 20-year old Anacortes man was cited for Driving With License Suspended and Possession of Marijuana on Thursday morning. The man was driving a sports car and failed to make a complete stop at 9th Street and O Avenue. The APD Sergeant asked the driver for his license, registration, and proof of insurance. The driver told her that his license was suspended and a routine driver’s check confirmed that his statement was true. He was taken into custody and a search incident to arrest yielded a small amount of marijuana. He was cited and released at the scene.

A 53-year old Anacortes man was taken into custody by Anacortes Police Officers at a Commercial Avenue retail store on Thursday evening. Police were dispatched to the store per the report that there was a man in the store who was thought to be actively stealing items from the shelves. Officers arrived while the man was on scene and attempted to identify him so he could be banned from the store. The man provided a fictitious name, but was later positively identified as an Anacortes resident. He was taken into custody for theft, and a search incident to arrest yielded approximately $150 worth of tools and flashlights from the store in their original packaging. Further, officers discovered a small amount of what appeared to be methamphetamine in the man’s wallet. The man was booked in the Skagit County Jail on an investigative hold for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

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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COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,492 Confirmed Skagit Cases
373 Hospitalizations
79 Deaths
66,524 Fully Vaccinated
72,506 Initial Doses Given


429,337 Confirmed Cases Statewide
26,498 Hospitalizations

6,089 Deaths Statewide
4,006,111 Fully Vaccinated
4,367,098 Initial Doses Given

Updated 10pm, July 26, 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