Police Beat

A 53-year old Anacortes man’s two large breed dogs were impounded by APD’s Animal Control Officer after the Officer on Monday chased them down on the west side of D Ave. The owner faces two charges of dog-at-large. The Animal Control Officer was dispatched to 4100 D Court per the report of the dogs running at large and she contacted them after they ran across D Ave. into the forestlands. She called them out of the forest, took the wet, muddy canines to the pound, and contacted their owner to inform him of their whereabouts.  

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

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Just before 1AM on Saturday, an Anacortes Police Officer was on patrol on the 1000 block of 12th Street when he observed a late model SUV speed through the intersection as it turned west on 12th from Commercial Avenue.  The SUV sped up to over 60 mph in the 30 mph zone and the officer caught up with it eight blocks away on the 1600 block of 10th Street. The officer activated his emergency lights and pulled behind the vehicle that by that time was parked at a residence. The 21-year old Bellevue driver told the officer that they were just trying to have a good time when asked about his erratic driving. The driver smelled of alcohol and admitted to drinking earlier in the evening. He was asked to perform voluntary roadside tests. The driver complied with the tests, but had a difficult time maintaining his balance and following simple instructions for the tests. Officers arrested the driver for driving under the influence and he was transported to APD where he provided two breath samples that revealed he was nearly twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was cited for DUI and Reckless Driving and given a courtesy transport to a friend’s house within the city.

Just after 4AM on Saturday, an Anacortes Police Corporal was driving past a restaurant on the 1300 block of Commercial Avenue when he observed a vehicle commonly associated with a 28-year old Anacortes man with two misdemeanor warrants for his arrest. The Corporal pulled into the parking lot and contacted the man sitting in the passenger’s seat. When the man was made aware of the warrants, he was compliant when the Corporal arrested him and transported him to APD. He was booked and released after he was issued a copy of his court paperwork.

An Anacortes Police Sergeant arrested a 67-year old bicyclist on the Tommy Thompson Trail and charged him with second degree trespassing on Saturday morning. The man was banned earlier in the year for taunting other trail users and being aggressive towards them.

A 16-year old driver received a traffic infraction on Saturday afternoon after the Toyota sedan he was driving backed into a pickup in a convenience store parking lot on Commercial Avenue. The driver of the pickup pulled over to use his cellphone at the time of the incident. There were no injuries, but both vehicles sustained reportable damage.

Just before 7PM on Saturday, an Anacortes Police Officer contacted the driver of an older model BMW with a burned-out headlight. The driver, a local 36-year old man known to police, was advised of the reason for the stop and he admitted that he did not have a valid license and was aware of the defective headlight. A routine driver’s check revealed that the man’s license was suspended as of February 2013 and the BMW was sold in March but the title had not been transferred. He was taken into custody for driving with license suspended and released from the scene with a copy of his suspended license and failure to transfer title citations as well as an infraction for operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Just after midnight on Sunday morning, an APD Officer contacted the driver of an older model Toyota sedan after she drove straight on O Avenue at the intersection of 12th and O even though it is marked as a right turn only intersection. The 26-year old driver told the officer that she went straight because there were no vehicles coming. The officer smelled alcohol coming from the car and the driver admitted she had been out drinking that evening and had a drink about an hour prior to driving. The driver took voluntary roadside tests but had to steady herself several times to stay balanced and had a difficult time following simple instructions. The driver offered a portable breathalyzer sample yielding over twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. She was arrested for DUI and transported to APD to be processed. She was later released to a friend who came to pick her up.

An Anacortes Police Sergeant was driving on the 400 block of Hillcrest Drive on Sunday morning when she observed a 22-year old Guemes Island woman known to have a warrant for her arrest for unlawful issuance of bank checks. The woman told the Sergeant that she knew she had a warrant and her ex-boyfriend had thrown away her court paperwork. She was taken into custody on her warrant and searched incident to arrest. The search yielded a cut pen with dark residue as well as a lighter. She was transported to the police department where a more thorough search of her belongings could be done. Her backpack contained a scale with residue, a glass methamphetamine pipe, and aluminum foil. The woman was booked in the county jail on her warrant and an investigative hold for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act.

Monday, October 23, 2017

APD Officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of K Avenue on Monday afternoon per the report of a verbal domestic between a mother and daughter. It was determined that the argument was verbal only and no arrests were made related to the matter, however, a 22-year old man in the home was taken into custody for two arrest warrants. He was later released from the police department with a new copy of his court paperwork.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

At 10 o’ clock on Tuesday morning, a local business representative called police to report a customer who had just left the business and was possibly under the influence. An officer located a vehicle matching the registration provided and contacted the vehicle in a convenience store parking lot near Sharpes Corner. The registered owner, a 55-year old Anacortes man, was in the driver’s seat and the officer walked next to the vehicle to speak with him, noticing that he smelled strongly of alcohol and his eyes were watery and bloodshot. The man admitted he had a couple drinks earlier in the day, with his last one being about an hour prior. He refused to take voluntary roadside sobriety tests, but was asked to step out of the vehicle and was unsteady on his feet when doing so. He was taken into custody for DUI and transported to APD to complete DUI paperwork. He was cited for DUI and released to a family member a short time later.

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

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 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