Police Beat

Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

Just after midnight on Saturday morning, an APD Officer responded to a hit and run accident on Fir Crest Boulevard. The reporting party told police that someone had just hit a retaining wall in front of their house and the vehicle sustained damage in the collision that caused part of it to drag on the ground. The responding officer met a black pickup driving very slowly with parts dragging on the ground and falling off into the roadway on northbound D Avenue. The officer pulled the pickup over near the 25th Street intersection and spoke with the 19-year-old Anacortes driver. The driver stated that he was not aware that parts were falling off his pickup and that he was just coming from a friend’s house on Rosario Road. Further examination of the vehicle showed that the front right rim of the pickup was damaged and the tire was completely flat. The driver said that he was not aware of any damage to the car and, in speaking with him, the officer noticed a faint smell of alcohol and observed that there were beer cans in the vehicle. The driver took a voluntary roadside test and had a difficult time following simple instructions and maintaining his balance. He was arrested for DUI and transported to APD where he provided a breath sample over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was cited for DUI and hit and run, then released to a sober adult.

A 20-year old Seattle woman was given an infraction for failure to yield right of way late Saturday morning after she stopped at the intersection of 11th Street and O Avenue, then proceeded into the intersection and struck a Ford pickup, causing reportable damage to both vehicles. No one was injured.

A late model SUV was stopped at a stop light on Commercial Avenue when it was struck from the rear by a delivery van. The 19-year-old van driver told police that the collision was caused by a brake malfunction. He was given a ticket for following too close. There were no injuries.

APD Officers responded to Devonshire Drive late Saturday night to investigate a domestic violence incident that was called in by a man who stated that his girlfriend struck him and cut him with a piece of glass. An officer responded to the residence to speak with the man about the altercation, but the 42-year-old woman had fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival and has not been located. She faces possible charges of domestic violence assault and malicious mischief.

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018

At 5:23PM on Saturday, an APD Officer on patrol on north Commercial Avenue observed an older model pickup driven by a local 45-year-old man known to him. The driver did not have a seatbelt on and a routine record’s check revealed that his license was suspended since November 2016. The officer pulled the vehicle over and ultimately took the man into custody for driving with license suspended. After the driver was informed that he was under arrest, he placed the jacket he was wearing in the vehicle to allow the officer to more easily place handcuffs on him. The officer asked him to place the jacket outside the vehicle so it could be searched and the driver, unprompted, stated that there are were no drugs in the jacket. A backup officer then searched the jacket and discovered two syringes in addition to a syringe in his pants pocket. The man was later released from the scene with a copy of his driving with license suspended and use/delivery of drug paraphernalia citation.

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018

Just after midnight on Monday morning, an APD Sergeant on patrol on Fidalgo Avenue observed a 36-year old woman known to police driving a sedan with a burnt-out license plate light so she pulled the car over. A routine check revealed that she had a warrant out of Anacortes Municipal Court for Animal Cruelty, and her license was expired as of August 2017. She was taken into custody without incident and booked in the Skagit County Criminal Justice Center on her new charge and warrant.

A pink girl’s bicycle was reported stolen from the 1800 block of 37th Street sometime in the previous few weeks. The bike had been left leaning against the house when it was stolen. There are no suspects.

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

Just after midnight on Tuesday morning, APD Officers responded to a removal request at a residence in the 1100 block of 29th Street. Officers arrived on scene and spoke with the suspect, a local 34-year-old woman who was intoxicated and denied that anything physical had occurred. Her friend who called 911 reported that the woman was argumentative and pushed him several times which is when he called police. The woman was arrested for domestic violence assault and transported to jail where she was booked on her charge.

A 25-year-old Coupeville woman told police that she was looking at the dashboard in her sedan while driving on SR 20 approaching the Christianson Road intersection when she rear-ended a late model SUV causing reportable damage to both vehicles. She was issued a ticket for following too close. There were no injuries.

Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018

A 22-year-old Anacortes man was cited for negligent driving on Wednesday morning for his involvement in a two-car non-injury motor vehicle accident. The driver’s SUV struck an unoccupied SUV parked legally on Commercial Avenue. A witness told the investigating officer that the suspect driver’s car was weaving in the lane of travel for several blocks before the collision occurred.

An APD Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue early Wednesday afternoon observed a 48-year-old man known to police to have 8 arrest warrants out of Anacortes Municipal and Superior Courts. The man was taken into custody without incident and booked in the county jail on his warrants.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Just before 3PM on Thursday, a 62-year-old man from Anacortes came to the Anacortes Police Department front desk to collect some of his belongings. A records check revealed that the man had two arrest warrants out of the Anacortes Municipal Court and he was taken into custody without incident and booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on the warrants.

Friday, March 2, 2018

A 23-year old Bellingham man was issued a following too close ticket on Friday afternoon for his involvement in a two-car rear-end collision on SR 20 just east of Sharpes Corner. The driver struck the rear end of an older model SUV that slowed for oncoming vehicles as it was merging with traffic on eastbound 20. There were no injuries.

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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