Police Beat

A teenage driver caused a collision when he tried to pass another car on the median on R Ave.

A 19-year old Anacortes man was arrested for reckless driving and minor in possession on Wednesday afternoon. The man attempted to make an illegal pass on the median in the 2800 block of R Avenue and caused a collision with another vehicle. A search of the man incident to arrest revealed several unopened beer cans. He was cited on scene and released.   

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

Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018

Early Saturday afternoon an APD Officer was dispatched to a church on Saint Mary’s Drive per the report of what appeared to be intentional damage to the front lawn on the church property. Estimated cost to repair the damage to the wet lawn is $200. There are no suspects.

Two sedans collided on the south end of Commercial near the roundabout on Saturday afternoon. The at-fault driver, a 19-year-old Oak Harbor man, sustained minor injuries when he rear-ended the car in front of him that was slowing for traffic. The driver of the front car was transported to the hospital for unknown injuries. The at-fault driver was cited for following too close.

At 3:25 on Saturday afternoon, an APD Officer responded to 30th Street to investigate an assault that had just occurred. While on scene, the officer spoke with a woman who said that her ex-boyfriend stopped at her home and the two began to argue. After a short time, her 32-year-old boyfriend became agitated and pushed the woman against the door, then onto a nearby staircase, and left the scene which is when he called 911. The suspect was located a short time thereafter by a Swinomish Police Officer who had probable cause to arrest him for domestic violence assault and three warrants.  He was transported to APD and interviewed for his involvement in this case, then booked in the county jail on his warrants and assault charge.

Just before midnight on Saturday, an APD Sergeant on patrol contacted a 43-year-old driver for his erratic driving patterns including several sharp turns and driving through two stop signs. The driver denied trying to evade the Sergeant, stating that he was just trying to get his intoxicated friend home in a timely fashion. A routine driver’s check revealed that the driver had a good license, but had an ignition interlock requirement and there was not one in the vehicle. The driver was cited for operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock and agreed to appear to his court date later in the month.

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018

In an effort to assist homeowners and City of Anacortes personnel addressing the issue, APD Officers shut down the 1100 block of 36th Street at 2:30 AM on Sunday to prevent cars from driving through deep water caused by heavy rains and plugged catch basins.

Just before 3AM on Sunday, an APD Sergeant investigated a 911 call of a vehicle driven on the wrong side of the road near R Avenue and 6th Street. The reporting party later called back to confirm that it was someone delivering newspapers.

Just before 9PM on Sunday, an APD Sergeant on patrol on the 3800 block of A Avenue, contacted the driver of a pickup driving well over the posted 40 mph speed limit. The 33-year old Sedro-Woolley man was very lethargic and admitted to consuming alcohol that evening. He declined to submit to voluntary roadside sobriety tests, but was arrested for DUI and driving with license suspended since a driver’s return revealed that it was suspended since 2009 for unpaid tickets. He was transported to APD but refused to offer a breath sample as part of the DUI screening process. Officers applied for a search warrant to draw blood for testing and stepped into the holding cell at the department to take the suspect to the hospital for the draw. The man became uncooperative at that time but after a brief struggle, he was taken to the hospital for a blood draw, then transported to jail where he was booked for DUI and driving with license suspended charges.

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018

The Animal Control Officer responded to the 1500 block of 12th Street on Tuesday morning to pick up a found cat in the area. The reporting party put the calico cat in a crate after it came in her house and bit her hand when she tried to pick it up. The cat was impounded pending the discovery of its owner.

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

An APD Officer on patrol on Hillcrest Drive observed a small dog running on the sidewalk so she stopped to see if anyone was nearby. The officer heard voices coming from the back door of a home so she walked up to the door and explained the leash law in the city to the woman who answered the door. While the two were speaking, a man came outside and asked the officer to remove someone from the home and his request was granted. While in the home, the officer recognized a 36-year old woman known to police who had an arrest warrant. Officers went back to the home and took the woman into custody on her warrant without incident. She was booked and released on scene after agreeing to appear in court later in February.

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

Just before 3AM on Thursday morning, an APD Officer on patrol on SR 20 near Sharpes Corner observed a red pickup parked behind several storage containers as if trying to hide out of view. A registration check of the vehicle returned to a 51-year-old Anacortes man with a felony arrest warrant. The registered owner was in the driver’s seat and was taken into custody without incident and booked in the county jail on his warrant.

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

A local woman came to the police department on Friday morning to speak with an officer about an automated recording which stated that she would be arrested if she did not call back. The call was obviously a scam and the woman was informed not to call back and to report the scam to ic3.gov.

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.

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