Police Beat

A 19-year old driver totaled his car and completely destroyed a light pole in a crash on Commercial Ave that occurred as he was texting, according to this week’s police blotter.

The Anacortes man faces charges of driving after consuming alcohol under the age of 21, and possession of marijuana after the vehicle he was driving crashed into a pole and tipped on its side around 8:40 p.m. Tuesday at 30th Street and Commercial Avenue. The driver reportedly told officers he was texting and lost control of the car. He said he was probably going a little too fast. Two female passengers said they were unhurt. The vehicle, which officers said was completely destroyed, broke down a light pole and a flag pole when it crashed. Officers smelled alcohol on the driver, who reportedly admitted to having a beer despite being underage. He provided breath test samples that showed he had been drinking but was under the legal limit. He also had a warrant and was booked into jail.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Friday, July 6, 2018

A resident reported a large John Deere tractor had been parked in the Guemes Island Ferry parking lot for more than 72 hours. Officers found the tractor belongs to Skagit County Public Works. It is likely involved with road work in the area.

A 24-year-old Anacortes man called to report the theft of his father’s cat. The cat ran away a week earlier and someone posted on Facebook about finding the cat. The man said he contacted the woman, who claimed she no longer had the cat. He believed she was attempting to sell it. Officers contacted the woman, who said the cat showed up at her home several days ago. She gave the cat food and water and attempted to pick it up to transport it to the police department when it scratched her. She dropped the cat, which ran away. She denied any intention of selling the cat. It was noted that a comment in the Facebook thread stated the cat was worth a lot of money due to its breed. It was noted someone else called police saying they had seen the cat. The son said he would continue to look for it.

A 34-year-old Mount Vernon man faces charges of providing a false statement, not having an ignition interlock device and not having insurance after being stopped at Highway 20 and Fidalgo Bay Road for a cracked windshield. The man provided a false name when talking with the officer. It was learned he had been booked recently on a DUI charge. The man reportedly apologized for lying, saying he hoped for a warning on the windshield. He reportedly told the officer he knew about the ignition interlock requirement. The man was cited and released.

An officer stopped a vehicle with a faulty brake light in the 1700 block of Commercial Avenue around 7:20 p.m. The driver, a 40-year-old Anacortes woman, was also determined to have a suspended license. She was cited and released.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

A resident was concerned about a car parked along Heart Lake Road with a dog running around it. Officers responded and found the white dog hiding under the vehicle. It would not come out. Officers were able to contact the owner, who said the dog had run away while they were swimming at Whistle Lake and they were still out on the trails looking for him. When the man returned to the car, the dog came running out to him.

A resident called police after seeing someone possibly passed out in a vehicle around 9:30 a.m. in the parking lot of a business in the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue. The person saw steam coming from the vehicle’s engine. When they contacted the occupant, he put the hood up and then sat back down in the vehicle. Officers talked to the driver, who said the vehicle had overheated and he was taking a nap before going to work.

Police were called to a business in the 2000 block of Commercial Avenue after a caller reported a man and woman smoking marijuana outside the front of the business. The 66-year-old transient man was determined to have two warrants out of Mount Vernon. He was booked into jail.

Several officers assisted Skagit County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Swinomish Tribal Police officers in apprehending a man around 2:45 p.m. in the area of Gibralter and Miller roads. Several callers’ reports seeing a man wearing only shorts weaving at traffic with blood on his hands. He was also reportedly armed. Anacortes officers helped detain the 48-year-old man, who had to be tased several times. Officers cleared the surrounding area. The man was covered in scratches and blood, apparently from running through a wooded area, and made comments about how “they” were coming for him. The man was transported to the hospital.

A 32-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested on a charge of domestic violence assault after getting into a fight with her ex at a business in the 2500 block of Commercial Avenue. The argument escalated to include both parties’ current partners, who were also on the scene. During the confrontation, the woman reportedly shoved her ex. She was determined to be the primary aggressor and was booked into jail.

A man reported someone has stolen eight parking advertisement signs worth $400 and a solar video surveillance camera worth $300 from a parking lot at the Washington State Ferries terminal over the past three weeks. He planned to check a second camera for any footage of the thief.

An officer pulled over a vehicle with expired tabs in the 900 block of S. March’s Point Road around 7:15 p.m. The driver, a 59-year-old La Conner woman, reportedly apologized for driving, saying she did not have a valid license. She was also required to have an ignition interlock, which was not installed in the vehicle. She was cited for both and was released.

Officers contacted a 38-year-old Edmonds woman after a caller reported she was laying on the ground at L Avenue and Eighth Street around 7:20 p.m. She claimed to have had a lot to drink and had overdosed the other night. She claimed to be a meth and heroin user but said she was not able to find any in town. She was transported to the hospital by medics.

An officer on patrol recognized a vehicle from a recent search warrant and knew the female driver had a suspended license. The officer relocated the vehicle as the 30-year-old Anacortes woman was stepping out of the driver’s seat. She reportedly grabbed several bags and walked into the nearby residence. An officer asked to speak with her and she reportedly admitted she knew about the suspended license. She allegedly admitted to using drugs but said there was nothing in the car. K-9 T-Bone was deployed around the exterior of the vehicle, where he provided a change of behavior. The woman allowed a search of her vehicle. The officer found a small plastic baggie with dark smudges, which was suspected to be heroin. The woman is a known meth user and confirmed she had never used heroin. She was cited for driving with a suspended license and was warned about drug paraphernalia and not having insurance. She was released.

Monday, July 8, 2018

A boat yard employee called police to report scrap metal stolen from the yard. An employee reportedly saw a man around 5 a.m. attempting to load a $1,000 propeller into the back of his truck. The employee asked what the man was doing and he stated he had permission but then left immediately.

Police were called about a reported hit and run around 11 a.m. in the 900 block of 11th Street. A 45-year-old employee told officers he was pushing carts when a truck backed into the carts. The carts went flying and rolled over the employee’s foot. Medics responded and checked his foot, which was not injured. The carts were undamaged. The officer later called the 81-year-old driver, who said he was unaware of the incident. He did say he had run into a neighbor’s vehicle the previous month. The officer suggested the man consider having another person drive him around, and the man reportedly agreed.

A resident called police to report three domesticated rabbits that were released in the area of Coho Lane and Sunset Avenue that were now roaming the neighborhood. The animal control officer will work with the neighbor to attempt to trap and remove the rabbits.

Officer were called to a motor vehicle collision around 5 p.m. on Monday in the 3300 block of Commercial Avenue. Callers reported a man fell out of a car and the car proceeded to hit a business. The 17-year-old Mount Vernon man told officers his car ran out of gas at the roundabout on Commercial Avenue. He didn’t want to block traffic so he pushed the vehicle through the roundabout and lost control as it began to roll. He tried to jump inside but he fell and rolled a couple times. He received minor injuries. His vehicle struck two other vehicles at the business, damaging both. He was cited for causing the collision and not having insurance.

A passer-by called police to request a welfare check on a 17-year-old boy who could not walk in the 1100 block of 18th Street around 9 p.m. Police and medics contacted the teen, who reportedly said he’d been drinking vodka. He proceeded to vomit continuously. He was transported to the hospital due to his extreme level of intoxication.

Port security officers called 911 around 11:20 p.m. to report a possible domestic incident in the North Basin parking lot. Officers contacted a 19-year-old man, who reported he and his mother had a verbal argument about house rules. She left in a vehicle prior to officer arrival. The man stated he planned to stay on his grandparents’ boat for the night. Port security said he could not stay without the grandparents being present. Officers gave the man a ride to his mother’s house. She agreed to help him get a hotel room for the night. They both agreed the fight was verbal only.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A 30-year-old Big Lake man reported two Stihl backpack blowers worth $1,000 and a Stihl hedge trimmer worth $700 were stolen from his truck parked at a business in the 1700 block of Q Avenue around 5 p.m. There are no suspects.

A 58-year-old Anacortes woman reported her vehicle was hit by flying debris from a truck on Highway 20 and damaged a couple days ago. Plastic sheets flew out of the bed of a truck and caused light scratching all down the passenger side of her vehicle. She followed the vehicle, which pulled over. The other driver reportedly had a brief interaction and then the other driver left, going to a nearby storage facility. The investigation continues.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Island Hospital staff requested police remove a 21-year-old Anacortes man who was creating a disturbance and refusing to leave. The man was being treated for alcohol withdrawal. The man smoked in the restroom and refused to leave after being treated. Employees requested the man be banned, which would still require them to treat him in an emergency but would mean he has to leave once necessary treatment is provided. The man was transported to a detoxification crisis center.

An employee of a business in the 1100 block of Commercial Avenue called police to report the theft of a $600 drain cleaner. The item had been found missing and video footage showed a man stealing it. Officers were able to determine a suspect. The investigation continues.

A caller reported finding a tortoise. It was returned to the owner’s home in Ninth Street by neighbors who recognized the pet before officers arrived.

A 32-year-old Mount Vernon man was cited for driving on a suspended license after an officer stopped him driving a car with darkly tinted front and rear license plate covers around 4 p.m. on Highway 20. The man said he’d purchased the vehicle like that and wasn’t aware it isn’t allowed. It was discovered the man’s license was suspended. The man was cited for the license and given a warning for the plate covers and released.

An officer recognized a 53-year-old Mount Vernon man riding a bike around 4:15 p.m. at 10th Street and Commercial Avenue. A check showed he had warrants. The officer relocated the man, who reportedly looked directly at the patrol vehicle and rode away. The officer yelled at him to stop and followed him with lights flashing and the occasional siren. He continued for about six blocks. The officer gave chase on foot in an alleyway, yelling at the man to stop, and eventually was able to grab his backpack. The man continued to pedal and was pulled off of the bike and detained. Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were found in a search of his backpack. The man was released to the Department of Corrections on a warrant. He faces additional charges of possession of drugs and paraphernalia and obstruction.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

A 36-year-old Clinton man was cited for reckless driving after reportedly speeding in the 40 mph construction zone in Highway 20 around 8:30 a.m. The vehicle made lane changes in an attempt to get ahead of as many cars as possible in the merge lane prior to it ending. Officers clocked the vehicle going 78 mph. The officer was unable to catch up to the vehicle. However, the vehicle and driver were later found in the Anacortes Police Department parking lot. He was cited and released.

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