Police Beat

A driver caught driving 92 miles per hour on highway 20 said he was low on fuel and wanted to get to a gas station before he ran out.

A 22-year old Burlington driver was driving his sports car 92 miles per hour on State Route 20 on Sunday afternoon during hours of heavy traffic. An APD Officer pulled the man over at Christenson Road and SR 20 and asked him why he was driving so fast. The driver told the officer that he was running low on fuel and he wanted to make it to the station before his tank ran out. He was cited for Reckless Driving and informed about a mandatory court date later in the month.

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017

An Anacortes Police Corporal on patrol contacted a vehicle on the beach on Satterlee Road just after midnight on Saturday morning due to the odd time of day the vehicle was at that location. The Corporal immediately recognized the male and female in the car and a background check revealed that there was a no contact order between the two and the male was the respondent. The 31-year old was taken into custody without incident and booked in the Skagit County Jail for Violation of a no Contact Order.

A 39-year old Anacortes man was arrested by police on Saturday afternoon at a motel on Commercial Avenue. APD Officers were dispatched to the motel per the report of an intoxicated guest who was bothering other guests. Staff initially offered to allow the guest to stay on site as long as he remained in his room, however, less than 30 minutes later, police were called again because the man was in the lobby again and staff requested that he be removed from the premises. After packing his belongings, the man begrudgingly walked away and was served with a trespass notice banning him from the property. The subject made several attempts to go back to the motel and was ultimately taken into custody and booked in the jail for Criminal Trespassing.

A Q Avenue resident contacted police on Saturday evening to report $250 worth of damage to her vehicle in what may have been an unsuccessful attempt to gain entry. There are no suspects.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Just after 1AM on Sunday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol near Sharpes Corner observed a white pickup with a white light illuminating the roadway behind it. The vehicle was pulled over at Christensen Road and State Route 20 and the driver was made aware of the light as well as a badly cracked windshield. A driver’s check revealed that the 45-year old Oak Harbor man had a suspended license as of December 2016 and he was taken into custody and searched. The officer cited and released the subject form the scene.

A 27-year old Puyallup man was arrested on Sunday afternoon on three warrants after an Anacortes Police Sergeant observed and recognized the man get out of a vehicle parked on the 1700 block of 12th Street. The man went into a convenience store in the area and was detained in the store and taken back to a patrol car. He was then transported to jail and booked on his warrants.

Monday, April 17, 2017

A local resident contacted the Anacortes Police Department to report that an online search for her social media page’s phone number had an unexpected outcome. The woman located a toll free number she used with the intention of resetting her password. As it turned out, the person on the other line was a scammer who asked for email login information, then installed programs providing remote access to her computer and online financial accounts. The victim contacted her financial service providers who were able to mitigate the damage done. She advised to use caution when searching for customer service numbers online.

Just before 11PM on Monday night, an APD Officer on patrol contacted two occupants of a silver sedan on a remote portion of Fidalgo Bay Road to determine if they needed assistance. The male driver seemed startled when contacted by the officer and told her that they were okay and had just pulled over to watch videos on a phone. The vehicle smelled strongly of marijuana and the 19-year old admitted to smoking earlier in the day. He voluntarily provided a small amount of marijuana and a pipe to the officer and was taken into custody and cited and released for Possession of Marijuana.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Just before 1AM on Tuesday morning, Anacortes Police were dispatched to Navigator Lane per the report of a possible construction site theft in progress. An officer contacted a carload of people in a smoke-filled vehicle in the area and all denied any involvement in theft activity. The smoke had the smell of marijuana and a small baggie of marijuana was taken from the vehicle and a baggie from a 17-year old female who now faces possible minor in possession of marijuana charges. The female and three other juvenile passengers were released to their parents or guardians. The fifth occupant, a 19-year old male, faces a possible possession of marijuana charge. 

Beer kegs worth $350 were stolen from a restaurant on the 400 block of Commercial Avenue on Tuesday morning. Restaurant personnel provided video footage of a white male with dark hair loading 7 empty beer kegs into a light colored Honda Pilot, model year 2006-2008, at approximately 7:30AM that day. Anyone with information about this incident can call the APD Tip Line at (360) 299-1985 reference case #17-A02645.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mid-afternoon on Thursday, the Anacortes K-9 Officer made a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle on 13th Street and informed the 21-year old female driver that she was driving 10 miles per hour over the speed limit. The officer recognized the woman and the 29-year old male sleeping in the back seat from a traffic stop earlier in the month in which both subjects were arrested on warrants. A records check revealed that the male passenger had one warrant and the driver had three warrants. Both occupants were booked and released on their warrants at the scene and a search of the male yielded a coin purse containing suspected methamphetamine. K-9 T-Bone was deployed on the outside of the vehicle and displayed a change of behavior consistent with the presence of illegal narcotics. The sedan was impounded and later searched and officers discovered drug paraphernalia, 3 spring-loaded knives, and methamphetamine therein. The vehicle occupants now face possible drug and dangerous weapon charges based on these discoveries.

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

450 Skagit Cases (+4)
<30 Cases in ZIP 98221

51 Hospitalizations (+0)
15 Deaths (+0)
307 Recovered
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390,863 Total Tests Statewide
5.9% Positive

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