Police Beat

An Anacortes man was jailed on DUI and reckless driving charges following the rollover crash of his vehicle into a ditch near the Heart Lake trailhead parking lot.

Just after midnight on Saturday morning, Jan. 5, an on-duty APD Officer was driving northbound on Commercial Avenue when he observed a full-sized van driving the opposite direction near the intersection of 28th Street. The van was swerving within the lane of travel and crossed into the center lane. The officer turned his patrol car around and followed the van at a distance as it turned westbound onto 32nd Street, then turned abruptly southbound on H Avenue, at one point driving in excess of 15 miles per hour over the posted speed limit of 25. As the van ran the stop sign at H and 41st Street, the officer called out over the radio that he was trying to catch up to the van and as he passed the Heart Lake trailhead parking lot, the officer observed dirt on the road and the van laying upside down in the ditch. The driver, a 37-year-old Anacortes man, was hanging upside down in the seat belt and sustained injury in the crash, but was able to respond to the officer as he helped him out of the vehicle. The driver smelled of alcohol, his speech was slurred, and his movements were slow and deliberate. Medics arrived and transported the driver by ambulance to the hospital to be evaluated. The man was later cleared medically and transported to the county jail where he was booked for driving under the influence and reckless driving.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

An APD Sergeant wrote a stolen bike report after a 23rd Street resident called with information on an older model mountain bike that was stolen from his residence. There are no suspects.

A 64-year-old woman was given a traffic ticket for following too close early Saturday evening after the station wagon she was driving struck the rear of a late model SUV that was yielding to traffic at the Sharpes Corner roundabout. The SUV driver sustained minor injuries in the crash.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Early Sunday afternoon, a resident from the 1100 block of 9th Street contacted police to report a stolen 4-horsepower Yamaha outboard motor that was removed from his boat. The motor is 16 years old and was valued at $500, but would cost the victim $1,600 if he were to purchase a new one to replace it. There are no suspects.

An APD Sergeant drove through the 32nd Street parking lot at Storvik Park just after 1PM on Sunday when she observed a 17-year-old juvenile male that she recognized as having two felony arrest warrants. The Sergeant contacted the car the juvenile was in and took him into custody without incident. He was later transported to the Skagit County Juvenile Detention Center where he was booked on his warrants.

A 67-year-old man was arrested and charged with assault domestic violence, and interfering with domestic violence reporting early Sunday evening. Police came into contact with him after dispatch informed them of a 911 hang-up on Kingsway. The call entailed a woman yelling on the other line, then a male voice that said all was okay before the line went dead. Officers responded and spoke with a man and woman, later determined to be husband and wife, at the front door. Investigation revealed that the two got into an argument earlier that day and the woman said that her husband pushed her against a rack in the bathroom and threatened to throw her dog. The husband was taken into custody and booked in the county jail on his charges.

Just before 8PM on Sunday, an APD Officer on patrol in the 1000 block of 26th Street observed an adult male bike rider who did not have the required lights or reflectors on his bike, so he contacted the man and identified him. A routine check on the 48-year-old revealed that he had two warrants from the Burlington Municipal Court, so he was arrested on the warrants and searched incident to arrest. The search yielded a small amount of methamphetamine. The jail would not accept on the warrants, so the suspect was transported to APD and later released on his warrants. He also faces possible charges for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

An older model Chevy SUV was pulled over by an APD Officer late Sunday night for a burnt-out taillight. The driver, a 58-year-old Anacortes man, was found to have a suspended driver’s license so he was placed under arrest for driving while license suspended. The man acknowledged that he knew his license was suspended, but he was driving for the licensed passenger because she had a headache. He was released at the scene and the licensed driver took over.  

Monday, January 7, 2019

Just after 1AM on Monday, an APD Officer was on patrol on State Route 20 when he observed a late model Chevy sedan driving 13 miles per hour the posted speed limit so he pulled the car over. The 19-year-old Oak Harbor driver apologized, stating that she was just trying to get home from work. A routine check revealed that her license was suspended as of December so she was arrested for driving while license suspended, then released at the scene with a copy of her citation and a ticket for speeding.

A Community Service Officer with APD was dispatched to 4th Street and Q Avenue to investigate a parking complaint. On scene, she discovered a late model rental car parked in a no parking zone. This is a very busy intersection that is frequently used as a truck route and turning trucks were forced to swing into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting the vehicle. The CSO was unable to contact the person responsible for the vehicle, so a local towing company towed it from the scene.

A 19-year-old Anacortes driver was given a traffic ticket for failure to yield for her involvement in a two-car, non-injury crash on Monday afternoon. The woman was turning on to Commercial Avenue from 6th Street and failed to yield for an oncoming pickup. Her vehicle was towed from the scene due to the extent of the damage sustained in the crash.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

A local man came to the police department on Tuesday afternoon to report that his identity was stolen. The man was made aware of the situation by a retailer who contacted him because they thought that a line of credit opened in his name may be fraudulent. The victim them looked into the matter with the help of the major credit reporting agencies and discovered that his name and social security number were used to open several accounts. He then closed all of the open accounts and put a freeze on his credit and was advised to monitor his credit and financial accounts.

On Tuesday evening, APD Officers went to the 1500 block of 32nd Street to contact a 35-year-old man living at that address who had two warrants for his arrest. He was taken into custody without incident and booked in the county jail on his warrants for driving under the influence and criminal solicitation.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The owner of a storage unit on T Avenue contacted police on Wednesday morning to report the theft of 30 gallons of gas from three vehicles parked in the area. The incident occurred sometime after 5:30PM the night prior. There are no suspects.

On Wednesday just after 4PM, Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to the 800 block of 7th Street for a possible domestic violence situation. The dispatcher told officers that a female voice said that someone was throwing items, then the line went dead. Officers spoke with the woman at the home and she was visibly upset but said that nothing physical occurred. The male subject was not found during a search of the home, but he faces possible charging for malicious mischief for fresh damage to the home’s interior.

An APD Officer on 30th Street made contact with a local 31-year-old woman who had just driven her car into an apartment complex parking lot. The officer spoke with her and asked about her driving status, but she claimed that her status was clear. The officer had to leave the scene to investigate another matter, but later ran a routine check on the woman’s license and it returned with a suspended status. The officer was unable to locate the woman, so he completed driving while license suspended paperwork that will be sent to her in the mail.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Just after 9AM on Thursday, APD Officers were dispatched to a home on 24th Street per two separate 911 calls from a mother and her son respectively. While on scene, officers spoke with both parties and determined that there was a verbal argument between the mother and her adult son and the 61-year-old woman was taken into custody for domestic violence because she shoved her son from behind, causing him to stumble and nearly fall on his infant son. She was later booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on her charge.

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.