Police Beat

A bicyclist that an officer stopped at 1am on Monday ended up in County jail on drug charges.

Just after 1AM on Monday, Apr. 22, an APD Sergeant on patrol on H Avenue contacted a male riding a bike without an operating front light. During the contact with the man, the Sergeant discovered that the rider had a misdemeanor warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. He was taken into custody and Suboxone and a methamphetamine pipe were discovered during the search incident to arrest. He was booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on his warrant and an investigative hold for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

A 35-year-old Mount Vernon man was given a ticket for operating his vehicle without insurance and no driver’s license on person on Saturday evening after his older model sedan drifted off the roadway and struck a parked vehicle on the 2300 block of Commercial Avenue. The driver told the investigating officer that he was distracted by tuning his radio. He was not injured in the crash.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Just after 6AM on Sunday, an APD Officer took a stolen vehicle report from a man who parked his unlocked pickup overnight at the marina in the area of K Avenue and 5th Street. The red 1992 Ford F-250 extended cab pickup has a red canopy, a cargo rack over the canopy, and oversized stainless steel bumpers. The pickup has Washington license plates B17640S. If you have seen this vehicle since 10PM on Saturday, please call the Anacortes Police Department via 911 dispatch at (360) 428-3211 reference case number 19-A02530.

Mid-morning on Sunday, an APD Officer on patrol on H Avenue observed a local 30-year-old man known to police. The man had a warrant for driving while license suspended, so the officer called out to him and took him into custody. He was booked and released on his warrant after agreeing to appear in court on the date provided.

A 63-year-old La Conner driver will be receiving a citation in the mail for driving while license suspended and a ticket for an expired registration and no liability insurance. An APD Officer was driving behind the man on State Route 20 on Sunday afternoon when he noticed that the vehicle tabs were expired as of late 2018 so he pulled the vehicle over. The driver told the officer that he recently purchased the vehicle but one of the two previous owners had not signed the title over yet. A routine check also revealed that his license was suspended. Due to a high priority call coming in, the officer left the scene and informed the driver that charging paperwork would be sent to him via the mail.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Early Monday afternoon, the Anacortes Parks Department contacted police to report $200 worth of damage done to the men’s bathroom at Volunteer Park. The damage was caused sometime over the weekend and there are no suspects.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A 50-year-old Oak Harbor woman was given a ticket for failure to yield at an intersection after she was involved in a two-car collision at the Sharpes corner roundabout. The woman was driving northbound on highway 20 from Oak Harbor and entered the roundabout in front of a Toyota that was unable to avoid the collision. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage. No one was injured.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

An Anacortes Police Sergeant on patrol on the 900 block of 11th Street ran a routine check on a vehicle in the parking lot of the grocery store. The Sergeant recognized a 40-year-old Burlington woman associated with the vehicle and a check on her returned with a felony warrant for Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. She was taken into custody without incident just after 2:30AM and booked into the Skagit County Community Justice Center.

A 41-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested for 1st Degree Driving While License Suspended on Wednesday morning. An Anacortes Police Officer pulled her over in the Honda sedan she was driving due to an inoperable brake light on the car. She was also required to have an ignition interlock device on the vehicle, but there was not one present. She was cited for both charges and released from custody.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Just before noon on Thursday, the Animal Control Officer, while on regular patrol, observed a dog at large on Sunset Avenue. The ACO recognized the dog and drove to the owner’s home to discuss the situation with him. As she did so, the dog trotted into the back yard. The owner was sent a ticket for dog at large.

At 1:30 on Thursday morning, an APD Officer on bike patrol in the area of the 2300 block of Commercial Avenue observed an older model station wagon occupied by one male. The officer contacted the 19-year-old man in the driver’s seat who told the officer that he just got off work. When asked what he was doing there, the man admitted that he had been smoking marijuana despite the fact that he was too young to legally do so. He was arrested and cited for possession of marijuana, then released from custody.

An APD Officer on patrol at 4:40 Thursday morning, observed a small sports car speeding around the corner on 34th Street from R Avenue. The officer pulled the vehicle over to speak with the 39-year-old Burlington driver. The driver said he was on his way to work and was upset because he didn’t have a license. He was arrested for driving while license suspended and later released at the scene with a copy of his citation.

Just before 11PM on Thursday, an APD Corporal on patrol on Commercial Avenue observed a Honda sedan pull in front of him, then into a gas station at 24th Street. The Corporal noticed that that car sat stationary, but no one exited the vehicle, so he drove around the block and waited for the car to re-enter the roadway before pulling it over. The Corporal informed that driver that the registered owner had a suspended license. The 32-year-old Anacortes driver said he had just purchased the car, but he did not have a license either. Further investigation also revealed that he had a Department of Corrections warrant for his arrest so he was arrested on his warrant and driving charge. DOC informed the Corporal that they would not take custody of the suspect so he was released with a copy of his citation for driving while license suspended.

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

5,302 Confirmed Skagit Cases
460-469 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

350 Hospitalizations
74 Deaths
61,181 Fully Vaccinated
68,746 Initial Doses Given


410,195 Confirmed Cases Statewide
24,930 Hospitalizations

5,810 Deaths Statewide
3,637,611 Fully Vaccinated
4,122,446 Initial Doses Given

Updated 5:00 pm, June 17, 2021.

County Map: Confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code in Skagit County. Updated weekly.

Sources: Skagit County Public Health, Washington State Department of Health, New York Times