Police Beat

In what's gotta be a first, a hit-and-run crash occurred on Tuesday at the Sharpes Corner roundabout when a driver attempted a U-turn and then drove off.

There was $1,500 in damage done to a late model luxury SUV in a hit-and-run collision that occurred at Sharpes Corner early Tuesday evening. The SUV owner called police to report that he entered the roundabout with another vehicle who seemed to be attempting a U-turn in the circle and struck his vehicle in the process. The suspect vehicle then drove off and he did not have any information other than gray paint transfer on his vehicle. Approximately an hour later, a Bellingham Police Officer called APD to explain that he stopped a Ford sedan for a minor traffic infraction and the driver seemed very nervous. When asked why he was nervous, the driver stated that he was involved in an accident near Anacortes earlier that evening when he attempted to make a U-turn in the roundabout on State Route 20. The APD Officer made phone contact with the 47-year-old suspect driver. He faces a possible hit and run charge and will also be given an infraction for improper lane usage.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Just after 9AM on Saturday, an APD Officer responded to a grassy median on State Route 20 near Christianson Road to speak with a man in a disabled Ford pickup. By the time the officer got her vehicle turned around to make contact, the man was no longer there and a return on the pickup revealed that the registered owner had two misdemeanor warrants. A backup officer arrived to assist in finding the registered owner, a local 45-year-old known to police. Officers quickly located him walking briskly in the area and he was out of breath and speaking quickly with officers upon contact. The man was visibly upset, stating that he knew he had warrants and his vehicle was disabled because he ran out of gas. He was arrested without incident and transported to jail where he was booked on his warrants.

At 5PM on Saturday, a 911 call on a cellphone prompted officers’ response to a residence on the 1000 block of 18th Street. On the open line, the dispatcher could hear what sounded like a man and woman arguing and the man would not allow the woman to leave the house. The first officer on scene observed a woman walking away from the residence towards a vehicle and a man standing on the front porch. When asked if there was a problem, the man said “no”; the woman, “yes”. Officers separated the man and woman to get their version of events. The woman stated that she was trying to leave the man and when she attempted to carry her box of personal items to her car, he grabbed the box from her, causing an abrasion to her finger, an injury that was evident to officers on scene. The man, a 42-year-old from Anacortes, gave a contrary version of events, stating that the argument was verbal only. He was taken into custody and transported to jail on a domestic violence assault charge.

Just before midnight on Saturday, an APD Officer on patrol on Oakes Avenue observed an older model Ford pickup traveling 11 mph over the posted 30 mph speed limit. The officer pulled the truck over at the intersection of Dakota and Oakes. The 52-year-old Anacortes driver admitted that he had a suspended license, but stated that he was only going 35 mph in the 30 mph zone. The driver’s suspended license status was confirmed and he was taken into custody without incident, cited on scene, and released.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Just before 1AM on Sunday, an APD Corporal on patrol in the 1500 block of 12th Street observed a Jeep traveling westbound towards him with no headlights on and the right wheels of the SUV were approximately 6 inches over the fog line as it passed by. The Corporal turned on his overhead lights and the Jeep pulled abruptly to the side of the road, and then made a quick right turn into the oncoming lane on F Avenue. The Jeep then came to a stop, parked diagonally on the correct side of the road. The driver, a 46-year-old from Mount Vernon, was told that his headlights were not on, which is why he was stopped. He responded with an expletive, then turned the switch to activate them. The driver’s eyes were bloodshot and watery and his speech was labored. He admitted that he had been drinking that evening but he thought he was okay to drive. The driver took some of the roadside tests, displaying poor balance and difficulty following simple directions. The driver was arrested for DUI and transported to APD where he provided a breath sample that revealed that his blood alcohol content was over two times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was later released to a sober friend.  

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

A 29-year-old Alaska man was arrested for stealing $13 worth of cookies and cheesecake. APD was made aware of the incident by a grocery store manager who had the suspect in his office. The responding officer arrived and arrested the suspect who said he was wandering around town and had run out of money. He was cited for theft, given a trespass notice, and released at the scene.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

A customer at a local bar left his vehicle open on Thursday afternoon and someone rode his bike up to the vehicle, opened the door, and stole a pack of cigarettes. The victim does not want the suspect charged due to the small amount of value associated with the stolen item, but asked the responding officer to admonish the suspect if he was located.

At 4PM on Thursday, an APD Officer on patrol on the 9600 block of South March’s Point Road observed an older-model Ford pickup parked in a gravel parking lot across the street from a business. The pickup was unoccupied. The officer ran a routine registration check on the vehicle and determined that the registered owner had a warrant for his arrest. A short time later, the officer observed a man walking towards him so he went to speak with him. The man didn’t seem to be interested in speaking with the officer, so he jogged the opposite way towards an abandoned building. Additional officers from APD as well as a Swinomish Tribal Officer arrived on scene to search the area and a short time later, an APD Officer and a Swinomish Officer found a man hiding in an old building. The man was detained and identified as a 35-year-old Mount Vernon man. Dispatch informed the officers that the man had a warrant for his arrest so he was taken into custody. A search of the man incident to arrest revealed a suboxone strip, a controlled substance. The man told officers that he and a friend had traveled to the area in the Ford pickup and he had stepped over the fence to access the area of the abandoned building. A short time later, a Swinomish Tribal Officer contacted another male a short distance away. The male also had a warrant or two and he was taken into custody and searched. He also had a controlled substance in his possession. Both men were booked in the county jail on their warrants and face possible drug possession, trespassing, and attempted theft charges.

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.