Police Beat

Police had to chase down a DUI driver from Cap Sante to a location on T Ave. But, when the driver stopped, he jumped out and police got into a short foot pursuit.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

An APD Officer responded to a traffic enforcement call on Saturday morning at eight o’ clock. The call went something like this: a seemingly intoxicated male got out of his red car at the Cap Sante lookout, drank a beer on the hood, did a little dancing, then got back into the car and drove down the hill. The first officer who met him driving down the hill attempted to speak with him as he passed by in his car. An additional officer activated his emergency lights as the car began driving recklessly down the hill and away from the patrol car even as it had its emergency lights illuminated. The car sped into a nearby apartment complex on T Avenue and the driver quickly emerged from his car and ran several feet, ignoring officer commands to stop. He was detained after a short foot pursuit. The 32-year old Mount Vernon man had several empty beer bottles in his car and admitted he was too intoxicated to drive. He agreed to take roadside sobriety tests, but did not do very well. He smelled of alcohol and provided a breath sample of nearly twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was later transported to APD for processing. He was then transported to jail where he was booked on his DUI, driving while license suspended, and resisting arrest charges as well as four warrants.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Just after 1AM on Sunday, an APD Officer was following a white van on SR 20 near Christianson Road. The van had an expired registration as of a few days prior, so he pulled it over and spoke with the 44-year old La Conner woman driving the car. The driver admitted that she did not have any of the required paperwork but thought that her license was valid. A routine check revealed that her license was suspended so she was taken into custody for driving while license suspended and later released with a copy of her DWLS citation and expired registration ticket.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Just after 7AM on Monday, hospital staff requested that an officer contact an intoxicated man at the facility who was swearing and banging on the walls. Staff requested that the man be removed so officers arrived, woke the 47-year old Spokane man who was asleep in a chair, and ran a routine check on him. The check revealed that the man was wanted by the Department of Corrections so he was taken into custody and later transported to Mount Vernon so DOC staff could take custody of him.

A $150 tire was destroyed by a tool sometime during the night on Saturday while parked in the southeast part of town. Though the damage appeared intentional, the owner did not have any idea who might be responsible.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

At 9:45 on Tuesday morning, the Animal Control Officer responded to H Avenue and 28th Street per the report of a loose horse in the area. A few moments later, she found a brown horse standing outside a fenced pasture on H Avenue and with the help of a friendly passerby, was able to attach a lead rope and move the horse back into the pasture.  

A woman contacted police on Tuesday afternoon to report that her large breed dog she had recently adopted got out of her residence, ran up the road, and got into a scuffle with a smaller breed dog on a walk with its owner. The woman was quickly able to gain control over her dog and the other dog owner confirmed that he and his dog were uninjured.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Just before 1:30 on Wednesday morning, someone called police to report that a woman unknown to him was in his neighbor’s vehicle. The officer found the vehicle and observed a woman exit as he pulled up. When contacted, the woman said she was not doing anything wrong, just having a smoke in her friend’s pickup. A routine check on the 36-year old revealed that she had two warrants for her arrest and ultimately she would go to jail that night for them. While officers were on scene, the woman’s friend, and owner of the pickup, arrived confirming that the woman did have permission to be in the vehicle.

Mid-morning on Wednesday, an APD Officer contacted the owner of a camper parked in the 2800 block of T Avenue about violating the city ordinance of parking on the city streets. While he was there, another man arrived who was later determined to have two misdemeanor warrants out of the Anacortes Municipal Court for driving while license suspended and trespassing. The 54-year old was arrested and booked in the county jail on his warrants.

Just before midnight on Wednesday, an APD Corporal was patrolling on SR 20 near Thompson Road when he observed an older model SUV traveling approximately 40mph in the posted 55mph speed zone. A routine check of the vehicle registration returned with information about the owner who had a suspended driver’s license and a misdemeanor arrest warrant. The Corporal pulled the SUV over at 22nd ST and Q Avenue after he noticed that the driver looked like the registered owner. The driver, a 51-year old Everson man, admitted that he knew his license was suspended and it had been for a long time. He also said he knew he was supposed to have an ignition interlock device, but did not have one on this vehicle. He was taken into custody on his warrant and later released with a copy of his book and release paperwork as well as a citation for driving while license suspended and operating a vehicle without an interlock device.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

A school district representative discovered a small amount of marijuana and associated paraphernalia in a middle school student’s backpack when speaking with him about an unrelated matter. The School Resource Officer was asked to join the conversation when the drugs were located, so the SRO counseled the student about making better choices and referred possession of marijuana charges to the Skagit County Juvenile Court.

Late Thursday morning, a local man contacted the Anacortes Police Department to report that his green ping-pong paddle case containing two paddles was missing. The man told police department staff that he may have placed the item on top of his car after a local tournament and it could be anywhere between Anacortes and Concrete. A check of lost and found property reports did not reveal anything matching the description provided.

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

549 Skagit Cases (+17)
<30 Cases in ZIP 98221

59 Hospitalizations (+2)
15 Deaths (+0)
434 Recovered
12,113 Tested
4.5% Positive

35,247 Cases Statewide (+469)
4,473 Hospitalizations (+10)

1,354 Deaths Statewide (+2)
607,276 Total Tests Statewide
5.8% Positive

Updated 10:00 pm July 4, 2020.

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