Police Beat

A driver who was spotted going 77 miles per hour in a 55 zone along state route 20 ended up with a whole bunch of drug-related charges, but avoided a quick trip to jail because it was full.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Just after midnight on Saturday morning, the Anacortes Police Department’s K-9 Officer observed a car speed past him at 77mph in a 55mph zone on State Route 20. The officer pulled the vehicle over at Sharpes Corner and spoke with the 29-year old Oak Harbor man to inform him of the reason for the stop. The driver stated that his speedometer was in kilometers per hour and the officer pointed out the miles per hour were also on the readout, in a different color. The driver further stated that he did not have a valid driver’s license and a records check confirmed his statement. The driver searched for the vehicle insurance and registration and the officer observed capped needles with a rubber band around them. A female passenger in the car admitted they belonged to her and she used them to ingest methamphetamine.

The driver was arrested for Driving with License Suspended and no ignition interlock device as required by law. He also had 4 warrants for Driving with License Suspended and interlock violations. The jail was full and would not accept him, so he was booked and released on his warrants. The 21-year old Burlington woman was also arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and later transported to another location within the city where she was released.

K-9 T-Bone was deployed on the vehicle and demonstrated a change of behavior consistent with illegal narcotics in the vehicle. As such, the vehicle was towed to APD and officers applied for a search warrant on the vehicle. Later that day, officers searched the vehicle and discovered several drug paraphernalia items including two glass pipes, packaging material, and a digital scale. The driver now faces possible charges of Driving with License Suspended 3rd Degree and No Ignition Interlock and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He will also receive an infraction for speeding and no insurance or registration. The passenger faces a possible Possession of Drug Paraphernalia charge.

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

A 26-year old Anacortes woman was arrested on domestic violence and malicious mischief charges late Saturday night after police went to her home following a 911 call she made concerning a male that had struck her. Investigation on scene revealed that the woman and her husband had been out drinking that evening and the woman had been kicked out of a local tavern. The husband got a ride home, and his wife walked home. When the woman arrived home she began yelling at her husband and tried to follow him into the bathroom, then another bedroom, and kicked in one of the doors causing severe damage. The woman then grabbed her husband and scratched his back with her fingernails then struck him in the back of the head with an empty beer bottle. At that point, the man walked out of the home which is when his wife called police. The woman was taken into custody and booked in the Skagit County Jail on her charges.

Monday, April 10, 2017

On Monday morning just after 5:30, APD Officers were dispatched to the public restroom on the 300 block of O Avenue in Anacortes per the report of someone yelling in the restrooms which aren’t available for public use until 6AM each day. The officers had contacted a woman known to them in or near the restrooms in the past and within moments, a woman matching that description emerged from the building, stating that everything was okay and she had not been yelling. She was placed under arrest for Criminal Trespass and a search of her and her belongings yielded the discovery of a used glass pipe and two containers, all containing methamphetamine and drug residue. The woman was booked in the Skagit County Jail on investigation of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Criminal Trespassing, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Just after 5PM on Monday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol observed an SUV on SR 20 with an inoperable brake light. When asked what he was doing, the driver stated that he was on the way to Mount Vernon to quash some arrest warrants. A driver’s check revealed that his status was suspended as of November 2016 for an unpaid ticket. Dispatch also confirmed two warrants for hit & run and theft. He was taken into custody without incident for driving with license suspended and his warrants and released at the scene.

A teacher from an elementary school on M Avenue called police on Monday to report that someone had damaged her locked gas cap when they attempted to pry it open that day. There are no suspects.

An officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue observed an older model silver sedan driving in front of him with a brake light that did not work. The officer pulled the vehicle over and spoke with the 40-year female driver who was determined to be driving with a license that was suspended as of the previous month. She was cited on scene for Driving With License Suspended.  

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

APD’s School Resource Officer investigated an alcohol problem at the high school on Tuesday morning. School officials and the SRO spoke with a 15-year old juvenile male who was acting very lethargic with repetitive speech. A search of his backpack yielded several bottles of alcohol. The juvenile was placed in custody and later released to a parent who was advised that he would be referred on a Minor in Possession charge through Skagit County Juvenile Court. 

Early Tuesday afternoon, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol on Q Avenue observed a driver familiar to him pass by, then travel out of sight. The vehicle was later located on SR 20 by another officer and the vehicle was pulled over. A records check revealed that the 45-year old male driver had a suspended license as of November 2016. He was taken into custody for Driving with License Suspended. A search incident to arrest yielded an illegal knife, but nothing else of evidentiary value. APD K-9, T-Bone, was deployed on the vehicle and changed his behavior based on possible drugs therein. The sedan was towed to APD and later searched and the driver was released from the scene and told to watch his mail for possible charges. The driver now faces possible charges of Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Dangerous Weapon, and Driving With License Suspended.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

An Anacortes Police Officer was dispatched to a resort on Fidalgo Bay Road on Wednesday morning to investigate a burglary of the laundry facility sometime overnight. The officer photographed damage to the exterior door and interior wall of the facility. Resort personnel also reported damage to the $600 coin machine that would warrant a complete replacement of the device. Investigation continues.

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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