Police Beat

A man who was intoxicated in his car in a parking lot tested at three times the legal limit and was booked into county jail.

In the early afternoon hours on Wednesday, an APD Officer was dispatched to a local grocery store to meet with a man who, per staff members, was possibly intoxicated and stumbling around the store. As the officer responded to the scene, an update came through dispatch that the man was now in his vehicle. Once on scene, the investigating officer followed a staff member to a late model pickup and spoke with the 61-year-old man behind the wheel. After several attempts to speak with the driver about putting the vehicle in park and shutting down the engine to avoid striking another vehicle, one of the responding officers reached into the vehicle and turned it off. Officers noted a strong smell of alcohol coming from the car and the driver’s disoriented behavior was consistent with alcohol consumption. The man stepped out of his vehicle, but had a very difficult time standing up and could not follow simple directions for roadside tests. He was taken into custody for physical control of a vehicle while under the influence and transported to APD where he provided a breath sample yielding results of approximately three times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was later booked in jail on his charge.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported this week.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Just before 1AM on Sunday, an APD Sergeant in a marked patrol car observed an older model station wagon drive past her on 12th Street and abruptly turn into a convenience store parking lot. A routine registration check on the vehicle revealed that the registered owner had an arrest warrant for driving while license suspended. The Sergeant contacted the 72-year-old Sedro-Woolley driver who said he thought the warrant was cleared, but complied when taken into custody on the warrant. A search incident to arrest yielded a small amount of cocaine. The jail would not accept the suspect on his warrant, so he was released at the scene and advised of possible charging paperwork in the mail for violation of the uniform controlled substances act and driving while license suspended since he was operating a vehicle and his license was still suspended.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Early Tuesday afternoon, the Animal Control Officer was dispatched to 39th Street to collect a mid-sized dog that was found there. The ACO recognized the dog and brought it to its owner who lives nearby. The dog was unlicensed and has been found off-leash multiple times. As such, the man will receive a ticket for dog at large. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

A 37-year-old Anacortes man was arrested for malicious mischief domestic violence on Wednesday morning. Officers contacted the man after they received notice that he was in his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and would not leave. The two got into an argument and the victim grabbed her smartphone to call a family member. The suspect got upset and grabbed the phone from the woman, then threw it to the ground causing damage to the screen. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and transported to jail where he was booked on his charge. 

With the assistance of Washington State Patrol, Anacortes Police Officers investigated a motor vehicle accident involving three vehicles at the intersection of 11th Street and Commercial Avenue on Wednesday afternoon at 5PM. Per witness statements, the driver of an older model sedan traveled southbound on Commercial Avenue at a high rate of speed and collided with an occupied SUV coming through the intersection from west to east. After the initial collision, the suspect vehicle veered into the parking lot at the southeast corner of the intersection and struck a parked, unoccupied vehicle. The suspect driver was transported from the collision scene to the hospital to be treated for possible injuries. The 21-year-old Concrete driver was exhibiting signs of impairment, so officers applied for and were granted a search warrant. Hospital staff drew blood samples that will be sent to the Washington State Patrol lab for testing. Charges are pending on the driver for his involvement in the crash.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Early Thursday morning, an APD Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue observed a woman familiar to him with a warrant for her arrest. The officer contacted the 49-year-old Anacortes woman as she exited a business on 13th and Commercial and took her into custody on her warrant. A search incident to arrest yielded a methamphetamine pipe containing drug residue. The jail would not accept her, so she was booked and released on her warrant and given a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Early Thursday afternoon, the Animal Control Officer stopped to check on a dog locked in a hot car for over a half-hour. Using a laser temperature device, the ACO determined that the temperature in the vehicle was 104 degrees. The dog owner was counseled on the dangers of keeping her dog in a hot car and a friend arrived to take care of the animal.

A boat dry-docked along R Avenue was prowled sometime between 2PM Wednesday and approximately 7PM Thursday. The boat owner contacted the police when she noticed that someone had entered her boat, possibly staying overnight, and stole approximately $200 in tools and electronics. The victim told police that no one had permission to be on her boat. There are no suspects.

Friday, July 19, 2019

An APD Corporal on patrol in the 1200 block of 37th Street noticed an SUV with its doors and rear hatch open during his patrol of the area. The owner told the Corporal that nothing was missing from his SUV, however, a cellphone was stolen from his pickup that was also entered overnight. This was one of several vehicle prowls within a two-block radius that occurred the night prior.

While investigating several vehicle prowls in the 1100 and 1200 blocks of 37th Street, an officer observed a late model SUV with a door ajar, so she contacted the owner. The owner went through the car and noted that her wallet was missing.

On Friday morning, a Q Avenue resident called police to report that her black mountain bike with flowers painted on it was stolen sometime during the night. There are no suspects.

Late Friday morning, an APD Officer was advised of a large white dog on the loose near 29th ST and V Avenue. The officer contacted the person who found the dog and leashed it before turning it over to police. The dog’s owner was contacted and took custody of the animal, stating that the dog had run away when she let him out to use the bathroom.

A $200 red Schwinn mountain bike was stolen from the 200 block of T Avenue sometime between 7 and 8 PM on Friday. The owner left the unsecured bike outside a restaurant, parked near several other bikes. 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.