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Police made two arrests and booked both drivers into jail after stopping their vehicles at the same time on highway 20.

At approximately 8PM on Thursday, Jan. 3, an APD Officer on patrol on highway 20 observed two older model vehicles pass by--an SUV with an expired registration, and a sedan with a registered owner who had a felony warrant for his arrest. The officer made contact with both vehicles a short time later after they had parked in a gravel lot on March’s Point Road. The 29-year-old Hope Island man with a warrant for his arrest poked his head out of the window and stated that he was aware of his warrant, but thought it was taken care of. Further investigation revealed that the warrant was active, and he was taken into custody without incident. The officer further observed that the other vehicle, the SUV had an invalid temporary registration so the driver was cited for a trip permit violation, given a ticket for expired vehicle registration, and booked in the county jail on his warrant for trafficking stolen property.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

A representative from a business on the 1000 block of Commercial Avenue contacted police on Saturday to report a burglary that occurred sometime during the mid-afternoon hours that day. There were no signs of interruption within the building, but there was damage to an external lock that will cost the business approximately $150 to repair. There are no suspects.

An Anacortes Police Sergeant was driving along 22nd Street in Anacortes just before 10PM on Saturday when she observed a local 54-year-old man known to police. A routine check with dispatch revealed that he had a felony warrant for his arrest so he was taken into custody without incident and booked in the county jail on his warrant.

A local 51-year-old man was arrested by an Anacortes Police Officer for driving under the influence just after 11:30PM on Saturday. The man’s vehicle was facing south in the northbound lanes of R Avenue when an APD Officer on patrol approached him after exiting highway 20. The vehicle then continued driving the wrong direction as the officer approached, so he pulled the driver over. The man pulled his van over on 34th Street and the officer spoke with him there. Through slurred speech and labored movement, the man interacted with the officer and at one point provided a retail receipt that he thought was his proof of insurance. The man admitted to consuming alcohol earlier that evening while at local restaurant and voluntarily cooperated with a request to perform roadside tests. The man performed poorly on the tests and provided a breath sample of over twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was taken into custody for DUI and transported to APD for processing. He was later released to a sober adult.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Just after 3AM on Sunday, an APD Corporal investigated a vehicle prowl on the 1000 block of O Avenue. The reporting party told police that someone had just entered his unlocked SUV and stole approximately $3 in loose change and attempted to steal the stereo but was unable to do so. No suspects were identified.

An APD Corporal was parked in the police department lot when he observed a late model Chevy sedan speed by on M Avenue just after 7AM on Sunday. The Corporal followed the car as it drove northbound and slowed at the 4-way stop at 22nd Street, then continued without fully stopping. After stopping the car on M Avenue at 18th Street, the Corporal asked the 46-year-old Anacortes driver to provide a driver’s license, but he was unable to do so. When asked where he was going so quickly, he said “Anacortes”. Further investigation revealed that he did not have a license and he admitted that he had been drinking and many of his words were unintelligible. The man took roadside sobriety tests, but he nearly fell over at least one time and had a difficult time following through with the simple instructions. He was taken into custody and charged with DUI and given a ticket for no valid operator’s license.

Monday, December 31, 2018

An 88-year-old Anacortes woman was given a traffic ticket for improper backing after her small sedan struck a parked car on 10th Street. The woman was attempting to back up and applied her gas instead of braking when she hit the vehicle with her car. The driver was not injured, but both vehicles sustained reportable damage.

An APD Corporal was in his patrol car near 24th Street and M Avenue when he observed a late model Ford sedan speed by him southbound on M Avenue. The Corporal observed the vehicle traveling nearly 45mph in the 25mph zone when he pulled it over on the 2800 block of M Avenue and spoke with the 60-year-old woman driving the vehicle. The woman stated that she was on her way to pick up a family member and the Corporal noticed that she smelled of alcohol and was having a difficult time focusing on simple tasks he gave her such as providing her license and vehicle registration. When asked to step out of the vehicle, the woman complied but had to use the car to steady herself so she would not lose balance. She was ultimately taken into custody for DUI and later released to a sober family member.  

A resident from West 4th Street called police on Monday to report a black and yellow tote containing approximately $200 worth of tools and work gear were stolen from his yard sometime between late afternoon on the 26th and mid-morning on the 27th. The victim was unable to provide any suspect leads.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Just after 9PM on Tuesday, an APD Officer contacted a bike rider on 15th Street for improper lighting during the hours of darkness, running a stop sign, and riding on the wrong side of the road. The rider, a 66-year-old from Anacortes, was confrontational with the officer when contacted, possibly because he had a felony warrant out of Island County for possession of stolen property. He was taken into custody on the warrant and later released to an Island County Deputy. 

Just before 10PM on New Year’s Day, an APD Officer performed a welfare check per a call to dispatch from someone concerned about a dog tied to a vehicle at 6th Street and T Avenue. The dog was brought into the vehicle and the car left the area.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

On Wednesday, a catalytic converter was reported stolen from a commercial vehicle parked at a business on the 12000 block of Reservation Road sometime in the previous two days. There are no suspects.

Late Wednesday morning, an APD Corporal on patrol observed a man laboring at an outdoor worksite who had a warrant for his arrest. The 36-year-old Anacortes man was taken into custody without incident and booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on his warrant.

A pickup was following a mid-sized sedan driving eastbound on highway 20 near Reservation Road. Both vehicles stopped for the red light and were waiting to turn right onto Reservation Road. The sedan advanced with the flow of traffic, then stopped again, but the driver of the following pickup, a 67-year-old Mount Vernon man, did not notice that the car was stopped and rear-ended the sedan causing reportable damage and possible minor injury to the driver. He was given a ticket for following too close.

At 11PM on Wednesday, an APD Officer observed an older model Ford SUV driving along Commercial Avenue without headlights. The officer pulled the vehicle over in a nearby business parking lot and spoke with the 53-year-old Anacortes driver who was later determined to have no insurance on the vehicle and no valid driver’s license. He was booked in the county jail on the driving charge and three outstanding warrants out of Burlington Municipal Court.

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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