Police Beat

A string of crashes involving icy road conditions were investigated by the Police this week.

Monday, February 11, 2019

A 26-year-old Anacortes man was given an infraction for failure to reduce speed for conditions early Monday evening for his involvement in a crash at 12th Street and M Avenue. The suspect driver was driving east on 12th Street and was unable to stop in time for the red light due to the slick conditions on the road—his sedan struck the pickup driving through the intersection causing reportable damage to both vehicles. There were no injuries.

No one was injured in a two-car motor vehicle crash on SR 20 and Reservation Road on Monday afternoon. The two vehicles were following each other as they approached the stop light at the intersection. The lead vehicle was able to stop successfully, but the sedan in the rear was unable to stop due to slippery road conditions. The 19-year-old sedan driver was given a ticket for driving too fast for conditions. 

On Monday, just after 2PM, an APD Officer was dispatched to a hit-and-run collision near Forest Park Lane in Anacortes. The reporting party called police when she noticed that someone crashed into a park bench, then drove off. On scene, the officer noted obvious tire tracks leading up to the heavily damaged park bench, and surmised that someone lost control of their vehicle on the slick road. As the officer spoke with a witness, the suspect vehicle drove past, so he conducted a traffic stop on the older model minivan to speak with the female driver. The 76-year-old driver admitted her involvement, stating that she had to use the restroom which is why she left the scene. She went on to tell the officer that she was on her way to the police department to report the incident and she did not flag the officer down in his marked patrol car because she did not see his vehicle on scene. She was informed that she was under arrest for hit and run and, after explaining the charges, the officer released her from the scene after informing her that charges for hit and run would be coming in the mail.

A local woman called police to report seeing a deer on her neighbor’s deck for a while, and then the deer was gone. She requested that an officer check on the animal’s welfare.

A local 37-year-old man was arrested on a domestic violence assault charge late Sunday night. The man’s girlfriend called police a few minutes prior to his arrest, complaining that her boyfriend was intoxicated and being aggressive towards her. Officers investigated the incident further and determined that the woman had been pushed to the ground during an argument, and at one point the suspect pinned her to the ground. The man was booked in the county jail on his charge.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Just after 9AM on Tuesday, a 9th Street resident contacted police to report that someone accessed his unlocked vehicle sometime overnight and stole approximately $300 worth of electronics and clothing items. There are no suspects.   

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Late Wednesday night, Police arrested and booked into county jail a driver in connection with the hit-and-run crash earlier that evening which involved a police vehicle and a private vehicle near the R Ave. intersection with Highway 20. See separate story here for more details.

A local business contacted police on Wednesday afternoon to report a cold malicious mischief incident. The investigating officer took photos of illegible initials written on a metal door outside of the building that is in the process of renovation. There are no suspects.

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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