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Through an arrangement with Washington State Patrol, Anacortes Police handed off several cases involving driving under the influence on the weekend of the Oyster Run.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Just before 2AM on Saturday, two APD Officers got involved in a foot pursuit resulting in the arrest of a 25-year-old Friday Harbor man known to Anacortes Police Officers. The pursuit was initiated by an officer who saw the man riding his bike along Oakes Avenue without head or taillights. The officer stopped to speak with the man about the lack of lights on his bike and as he did so, the man dropped his bike and belongings and ran off to the north, ultimately ending up in the thick shrubs along the Guemes Channel Trail. After a brief search, officers contacted the man and took him into custody without incident. A routine records search revealed that the man had 4 misdemeanor warrants and a felony warrant. Due to a possible medical condition, the man was deemed unfit for jail, so he was booked and released at the hospital after he was given a copy of his citations--possession of drug paraphernalia and obstructing a law enforcement officer. The drug paraphernalia charge came after the discovery of used needles with drug residue on them found with his belongings.

An APD Officer had his patrol car parked near the intersection of 8th and Commercial on Saturday night when he observed an older model SUV run the stop sign at the intersection. The officer followed the SUV for a few blocks as it traveled southbound on Commercial, then make an abrupt left turn onto 14th Street without using a turn signal. The officer initiated a traffic stop in the 1300 block of Commercial Avenue and spoke with the 28-year-old Anacortes driver. The woman admitted that she had had some alcohol to drink earlier in the night. Due to the anticipated influx of traffic for the bike rally, APD had made previous arrangements with the Washington State Patrol and a trooper was called to the scene to take over the investigation. The trooper later took the driver into custody for driving under the influence.

Just after 11PM on Saturday, an APD Officer on patrol on 8th Street observed a motorcycle come towards him, then make a U-turn in the middle of the street, possibly in an effort to avoid being seen by the officer. In the middle of the turn, the motorcycle stalled, and upon getting it started again, the motorcyclist nearly struck the curb on the north side of the intersection. The motorcyclist turned off the bike for a while, then continued southbound on Q Avenue and into the gravel parking lot where 10th Street intersects Q Avenue. From his patrol car, the officer could hear the motorcycle almost lost traction on the gravel and saw it drive over a curb and through a flowerbed as it traveled into an adjacent parking lot. The officer conducted a traffic stop near the marina and spoke with the motorcyclist, a 34-year-old man from Idaho. The driver smelled of alcohol and had a hard time maintaining his balance. He dropped his helmet to the ground as he attempted to place it on the seat of his motorcycle while speaking with the officer. The man further stated that he was moving the motorcycle for a friend and he was not operating the bike on a public street. A Washington State Trooper arrived on scene and took over the DUI investigation. The trooper later took him into custody for driving under the influence.

Just after 11PM on Saturday, an APD Officer on patrol in the 1000 block of 12th Street observed a late model sports car roll through the stop sign at 12th and O Avenue without using a turn signal as it turned onto 12th Street. The officer caught up to the car and it slowly merged onto L Avenue before pulling over. The driver, a 63-year-old Anacortes woman, spoke slowly and deliberately with the officer. The woman admitted that she had been drinking alcohol that evening and a WSP Trooper arrived to investigate the stop and later took the woman into custody for driving under the influence.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

An older model sports car ran the stop sign at 8th and Commercial just after midnight on Sunday morning. The driver, a 24-year-old Anacortes man, pulled over in the 1100 block of Commercial and spoke with the Anacortes Police Officer who initiated the stop. The man was lethargic in his speech and actions and admitted that he consumed a “pitcher” of beer earlier in the evening. A WSP Trooper was called to the scene to continue the DUI investigation and later arrested the man for driving under the influence.

Monday, September 24, 2018

On Monday morning, a 27-year-old Oak Harbor man was arrested and booked in jail on an arrest warrant for vehicular assault after police received a tip that he was at a local medical office. Officers contacted the man in a room at the hospital and took him into custody without incident.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

On Tuesday morning, an APD Officer was dispatched to 12th and Commercial per the report of a pickup parked in a yellow zone along 12th Street. The pickup was parked in such a way that it made it dangerous for large vehicles and trucks to navigate the turn from Commercial to westbound 12th Street. The vehicle owner was out of town, but offered to have it towed forward to a safer spot, which he did. The owner was ticketed for parking in the yellow zone.

A woman contacted APD on Tuesday afternoon to report that her boyfriend was missing and she had last seen him in a local recreation area the day prior. The woman later called back to inform police that she had found him and he was okay.

A 34-year-old Hope Island man was arrested and charged with taking a motor vehicle without permission, a felony, on Tuesday afternoon. An APD Officer took a report of a stolen van from a local storage unit and the unit manager provided surveillance footage of the incident. An attempt to locate the victim vehicle and suspect was put out by emergency dispatch and Swinomish Tribal Officers responded to the suspect’s home and took custody of him without incident. Custody of the suspect was transferred to APD and he was later booked in jail on his charge and a misdemeanor trespassing warrant.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Just after 2:30AM on Wednesday, an APD Officer on patrol in the 1700 block of 22nd Street observed an older model SUV driving westbound through the intersection of 22nd and J Avenue. A routine registration check revealed that the registered owner of the car had a suspended driver’s license so the officer pulled the car over to speak with the driver and confirmed her suspended license status. The 41-year-old Bellingham woman was arrested and admitted that she knew her license was suspended because she recently attempted to renew her license and was informed of its status. She was cited on scene for driving while license suspended and given a copy of her ticket for no insurance before she was released from custody.

The Animal Control Officer responded to the area of Anacopper Road and Oakes Avenue on Wednesday afternoon per the report of an injured coyote. She was able to locate the animal but was unable to get very close to it before it ran into a nearby wooded area. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife was made aware of the report.

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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