Police Beat

A collision between two vehicles on Commercial Ave at 17th St. was serious enough to cause airbags to deploy in both vehicles.

A 41-year old Everett woman was arrested on Tuesday afternoon after she drove her Volkswagen sedan through a red light at the intersection of 17th and Commercial Ave. Her sedan struck the side of a large SUV with enough impact that the front airbags of the sedan and side airbags of the SUV deployed and the driver of the SUV told police that she thought her vehicle was going to roll over as a result of the collision. An officer spoke with the driver of the suspect vehicle and performed a routine driver’s check which revealed that her license was suspended as of 2011 for an unpaid ticket. The sedan driver admitted to smoking methamphetamines earlier in the day and a bag containing a small amount of the drug and a pipe used to smoke it was later determined to belong to her, despite her attempt to conceal it. The woman voluntarily provided a blood sample for analysis and faces possible DUI and drug possession charges.

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

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Just before 8PM on Saturday, an APD Officer on patrol ran a registration check on a Honda sedan parked in a local grocery store parking lot. The return revealed that the registered owner, a 45-year-old from Burlington, had three arrest warrants out of Skagit County District Court. A few minutes later, the officer observed the Honda driving southbound on R Avenue and pulled it over. The driver was taken into custody on his warrants and driving with license suspended. He was transported to APD and later released after he was booked and released on his warrants and given a copy of his citation.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

A 21-year-old Anacortes woman was a passenger in a vehicle contacted by Anacortes Police at 2:30AM on Sunday. The officer who contacted her recognized her from previous contacts and asked for her name. She made up a fictitious name and later admitted she made it up to avoid going to jail because she had a felony arrest warrant. She was taken into custody and searched incident to arrest. She admitted that she had heroin on her and the officer found a small bag containing heroin. A small drug kit, including a razor blade with methamphetamine residue, was discovered in her coat pocket. She was transported to jail and booked on her felony and three misdemeanor warrants as well as an investigative hold for illegal drug and paraphernalia possession.

Monday, January 1, 2018

One minute into the new year, a 41-year-old Anacortes man was pulled over for driving 50 mph in the posted 30 mph speed zone on 12th Street. When asked why he was driving so fast, the man said he was just trying to get home from the casino. The officer noticed that his speech was slurred and smelled alcohol on his breath. The driver admitted that he had consumed alcohol that evening and again stated that he was just trying to get home for the evening. The man took voluntary roadside tests, but had difficulty keeping his balance and following simple instructions. A voluntary breath sample yielded a result of over twice the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle and the driver was taken into custody for DUI. He was later release to a sober adult.

Just after midnight on Monday morning, APD Officers arrested a 57-year-old man on domestic violence assault charges after a witness observed the man strike his girlfriend with the back of his hand. Investigation on scene revealed that the two had been drinking at a tavern that evening and an argument between the two of them turned physical. The man was booked in the county jail on his charge.

A 31-year-old woman was cited for driving with license suspended on New Year’s Day. The woman was driving 22 mph over the posted 30 mph speed limit on D Avenue wearing headphones which distracted her attention away from her speed. Her license was suspended as of September 2017 and she was cited and released at the scene.

A 31-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for three warrants on Monday afternoon after his girlfriend was pulled over for improper placement of her registration tabs. In speaking with the female driver, the officer noticed a male in the passenger’s seat with his hood covering his head in an effort to conceal his identity. The officer called for backup and contacted the passenger who was taken into custody without incident and transported to jail where he was booked on his warrants. 

A 36-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for driving with license suspended on Monday night after he was pulled over for driving on Oakes Avenue with headphones covering both ears. The man told the arresting officer that he knew he should not be driving with headphones and admitted that he did not think he had a valid license. He was arrested, cited, and released at the scene after agreeing to appear in court later in the month.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Just after 1AM on Tuesday, an Anacortes Police Officer on patrol near Sharpes Corner observed an SUV parked in a commercial parking lot after the regular hours of operation. The officer ran a routine registration check on the SUV and dispatch informed the officer that the car had been reported stolen out of Mount Vernon. Officers later performed a high risk stop on the SUV as it drove east on SR 20 and arrested the 38-year old man driving the vehicle without incident. The driver told police that a friend gave him the car and it had previously belonged to a family who left the area and were not expected to return. Several drug paraphernalia items were readily noticeable within the car and it was impounded to be searched for additional drugs and paraphernalia. The driver was booked in the county jail for investigation of possession of a stolen vehicle. A judge approved a search warrant for the vehicle and officers discovered a small sign believed to belong to the City of Mount Vernon and several drug paraphernalia items as well as suspected heroin that was sent to the state lab for testing. The suspect faces possible drug and drug paraphernalia charges as well as possession of stolen property and possession of a stolen vehicle charges.

A 36-year old Anacortes man known to Anacortes Police Officers was arrested on two warrants for trespassing and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription on Tuesday afternoon. The man was transported to the county jail in Mount Vernon and booked on his warrants.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A 24-year old Friday Harbor man was driving a friend’s sedan that had expired tabs late Wednesday night. An officer pulled the car over and arrested the man for driving with license suspended. A search incident to arrest yielded a capped needle containing and brown and red liquid, possibly a combination of blood and heroin. Police K9 T-Bone was deployed on the exterior of the car and displayed a change of behavior consistent with the presence of illegal drugs therein. The car was impounded pending a search warrant for illegal drugs and the driver was released and told to watch his mail for charging documents based on what officers found in the car. A 22-year old woman known to police was present in the vehicle. A routine background check revealed that she had two arrest warrants out of the Anacortes Municipal Court. She was taken into custody and booked and released on her warrants since the jail would not accept her.

Friday, January 5, 2018

An automotive business representative on the 3300 block of T Avenue called police on Friday morning to report the theft of $2,600 worth of rims and tires that were stolen sometime overnight. There are no suspects.

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