Police Beat

Anacortes Police continue to catch drivers with illegal drugs in vehicles, thanks to the work of the K-9 unit T-Bone.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

On Saturday morning, just after midnight, the APD K-9 Officer contacted a vehicle on 22nd Street for expired registration tabs and no new owner listed since it was sold in May. The 25-year-old Anacortes driver told the officer that he purchased the vehicle a few months ago, but could not afford to transfer the title to his name. The driver was taken into custody for failure to transfer title. K-9 T-Bone was deployed on the exterior of the car and he displayed a change of behavior consistent with illegal drugs in the vehicle. The vehicle owner gave consent to officers who searched the car at the scene. A methamphetamine pipe and 4 baggies containing small amounts of possible methamphetamine were found in the car in addition to a digital scale with white powder residue.  The man was released from custody and faces possible drug and drug paraphernalia charges as well as a citation for failure to transfer title.

Just before 10AM on Saturday, an APD Sergeant on patrol on westbound SR 20 observed a 41-year-old driver known to her. A routine driver’s check revealed that his license was suspended as of June 2014 for unpaid tickets, and the APD Sergeant pulled him over on the 2200 block of Commercial Avenue. The man told the Sergeant that he never drives, but he wanted to go out kayaking. He was taken into custody, cited with driving with license suspended, and released at the scene after agreeing to wait for a licensed driver to pick him up.

Just before noon on Saturday, the APD Sergeant on duty was deployed to 20th and Commercial to investigate a two-car motor vehicle accident. The 19-year old driver of a small sedan received an infraction for following too close after her car struck the rear of a GMC pickup that slowed down in front of her. There were no injuries.

Just after 9PM on Saturday, APD Officers were dispatched to Ferry Terminal Road per the report of an older model stolen pickup. The owner had taken the ferry that day and left his truck parked in the lot, but was unable to find it upon his return. At 1AM on Tuesday, an APD Officer on patrol in the ferry parking lot observed the stolen vehicle and contacted the owner who later arrived to take custody of his vehicle.

Just before midnight on Saturday night, an APD Sergeant on patrol on O Avenue observed an older model Subaru driving northbound without headlights, then turn abruptly on to 6th Street. The vehicle did not slow enough to make a safe turn, and it veered into the oncoming lane of traffic before being pulled over by the Sergeant on Commercial Avenue. The Sergeant spoke with the 26-year old Anacortes resident driving the car and smelled alcohol on his breath and noticed that he was slurring his speech. The driver submitted to voluntary roadside sobriety tests, but had a hard time following simple instructions and maintaining his balance. The Sergeant took the man into custody for DUI and released him into the custody of a Washington State Patrol Officer for processing. The man later provided breath samples with a reading of over three times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

On Sunday morning, an APD Corporal took a bike theft report from a Broadview Drive resident. The resident told the Corporal that her son’s Giant brand mountain bike was stolen from their unfenced yard on Thursday night. There are no suspects.

On Sunday afternoon at 3:26PM, APD Officers were dispatched to a gas station on Commercial Avenue per the report of a domestic between a male and female. Investigation on scene revealed that the two were recently married and got into an argument while fueling up their motorcycle. The argument turned physical, and the man punched his wife in the side of the face.  The 51-year old Puyallup man was taken into custody for domestic violence assault and booked in the Skagit County Jail. The suspect also faces possible drug possession charges for 1.5 Oxycodone pills found in his pocket during a search incident to arrest.

Monday, September 25, 2017

At about 12:30 on Monday morning, an APD Officer stopped her vehicle to contact two people toting garbage bags and backpacks in the area of Longview and Commercial Avenue. When the two subjects, later determined to be a man and woman from the Bellingham area, saw the marked patrol car driving towards them, they ran off and were located by officers in an alleyway nearby. In speaking with the two, it was determined that the woman had two misdemeanor warrants out of the Mount Vernon Municipal Court. She was taken into custody on her warrants, transported to APD, and later booked and released after agreeing to appear for court. The male subject was also taken into custody for warrants—a misdemeanor for criminal assistance, and a felony for child support violation. He was taken to APD and booked and released on his warrants. The man also faces possible drug and paraphernalia possession charges for possible methamphetamine, used syringes, and a spoon and foil with tarry residue found in his backpack that was searched incident to arrest.

Early Monday afternoon, APD’s Animal Control Officer was dispatched to Summit Park Road per the report of a large dog acting aggressively towards construction worker on site at a residence in the area. The ACO spoke with the reporting party who stated that she went outside and yelled at the dog to go home, but was concerned for the safety of the workers and the dog since it was an active construction zone.  The ACO contacted the dog owner who stated that the dog slipped out of her collar and she plans to get a harness to connect her to solve the problem. The dog owner was given two weeks to get a dog license for the dog since there was not one on record for 2017.

Friday, September 29, 2017

On Friday afternoon at approximately 2:30PM, APD Officers were dispatched to a business on the 2800 block of Commercial Avenue per a physical domestic in progress between a man and a woman. Officers spoke with the woman who stated that she and her boyfriend, a 25-year old from Olympia, were in town on their way to the San Juan Islands, when they got into a verbal argument and he began removing her belongings from the car. She became frustrated with this and poked him with her keys. He responded by striking her multiple times, mostly in the arms since she put them up to shield herself. The man was taken into custody and transported to jail for a mandatory booking for domestic violence assault. 

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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