Police Beat

Just after midnight on Saturday morning, an APD Officer on patrol on westbound SR 20 observed an older model sports car driving 72 miles per hour on the highway so he pulled the car over near the intersection of Reservation Road.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Just after midnight on Saturday morning, an APD Officer on patrol on westbound SR 20 observed an older model sports car driving 72 miles per hour on the highway so he pulled the car over near the intersection of Reservation Road. The officer approached the car to speak with the 49-year-old Mount Vernon driver, smelled alcohol coming from the car, and noticed an empty beer bottle on the floorboard of the passenger side. The driver had labored, slow speech and his eyes were bloodshot. The driver offered to turn around, go back to Mount Vernon, and leave the officer alone. Instead, the officer asked him how much he had to drink. The driver said he had consumed some beer, but was fine to drive. When voluntary roadside sobriety tests were offered, the man complied, but had a hard time standing up straight on his own power or listening to simple test instructions. A voluntary breath test sample yielded a result of approximately twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. The driver was arrested for DUI and later released to a sober friend with a copy of his speeding ticket and DUI citation.

Just before 1AM on Saturday, APD Officers were dispatched to the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue per the report of suspicious activity in a business parking lot. Officers contacted two men to speak with them about their activities and one of them, a local 46-year-old, was arrested on three arrest warrants and booked in jail.  

On Saturday, just before 10:30AM, an APD Officer ran the plates of a vehicle parked on 23rd Street. Two people who appeared to be concealing their faces from the officer occupied the vehicle. The car returned to a local man known to police and the officer then realized that a woman commonly associated with the vehicle owner was one of the occupants and she had three warrants for her arrest. The woman had since walked into a nearby home so the officer made contact with her there and took her into custody without incident and transported her to jail.

A resident of 14th Street called police on Saturday to report that someone had torn the American flag that hung outside his garage sometime overnight and damaged the screws and mount in the process. There are no suspects.

The victim of a vehicle prowl told police that his unlocked car was rifled through sometime between 10PM on Friday and 6AM on Saturday while it was parked in front of his home on 9th Street. Nothing of value was missing, but the victim just wanted the police to know about it.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

A resident of Lake Park Drive spoke with an APD Officer on Sunday afternoon and told him that she would be letting her neighbors know about an attempted burglary of her home that occurred sometime in the past two days. The officer took photos of pry marks to the front door of the victim’s home, though the victim did not think that the suspect(s) gained entry since nothing obvious was disturbed in the home.

On Sunday afternoon, just after 4PM, an APD Officer was dispatched to 11th and Commercial Avenue to investigate a collision between a motorcycle and an older model Subaru station wagon. Further investigation revealed that the driver of the Subaru was attempting to cross Commercial Avenue from east to west on 11th Street. The driver struck a motorcycle that was northbound on Commercial, causing it to lose control and turn over at the intersection. The motorcycle rider sustained possible injury in the collision and the 17-year-old driving the car was given an infraction for failure to yield the right of way.

A Subaru was significantly damaged in a vehicle prowl incident while parked in the Mt. Erie trailhead parking lot late Sunday afternoon. The car sustained approximately $700 worth of damage to the door and window and several hundred dollars’ worth of sporting goods were stolen from the car. 

Monday, September 3, 2018

An APD Officer driving on M Avenue in front of the police station observed a black motorcycle with a male and female occupant that ran the stop sign at 24th and M Avenue. As the officer was turning around to make contact with the motorcycle, it sped off at a high rate of speed to the north and ran the stop sign at 22nd and M Avenue as it turned eastbound. The officer gave chase for a few blocks with his lights and sirens activated, but discontinued the pursuit in the interest of public safety. Officers were unable to relocate the motorcycle. 

Anacortes Police Officers investigated a domestic disturbance between a girlfriend and boyfriend living in an apartment on 29th Street on Monday afternoon. The first to open the door was a male with a dab of blood coming from his mouth. The man told police that he and his girlfriend got involved in a verbal argument and she struck him in the face. The man’s 36-year-old girlfriend was located in the apartment and taken into custody for domestic violence assault.

On Monday evening, just before seven o’ clock, an APD Officer on patrol pulled a minivan over on State Route 20 with expired registration tabs as of March 2018. When contacted, the 24-year-old Oak Harbor driver said that he was unaware of the expired registration tabs because the car was borrowed from a friend. A routine driver’s check revealed that the man had a suspended license and he was taken into custody and cited for driving while license suspended. Upon his release, he was given a copy of his citation and an infraction for expired vehicle registration and driving without insurance. The licensed passenger took over the driving responsibilities from the place where the vehicle was stopped.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A local business owner called police on Tuesday morning to report that someone had broken into her business on the 900 block of Commercial, possibly overnight. Officers took photos of the damaged back door and spoke with the owner who said that nothing of value appeared to be missing from the store. There are no suspects.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

At 4:40PM on Thursday, an APD Officer observed an older model sedan with a badly damaged rear end, no working brake lights, and a rear window with an obstructed view covered with plastic. The officer pulled the car over in the 800 block of 22nd Street to speak with the 46-year-old Hope Island woman driving the vehicle. During the course of the investigation, the officer determined that the vehicle had a suspended registration due to the extent it was damaged so it was not legally allowed to be on the roadway. While the officer was sitting in his vehicle checking the vehicle and driver status, the woman got out of her car and angrily confronted a backup officer that arrived on scene. The driver continued to yell and ignore verbal commands given by officers to get back into her vehicle and ultimately had to be handcuffed for officer safety reasons. After a few moments, the woman apologized and stated that she realized officers were just doing their jobs. She was released at the scene with a copy of two citations for obstructing a law enforcement officer and driving a vehicle with a suspended registration.

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.