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In two separate incidents this week, two drivers were booked into county jail on DUI charges after traffic car crashes, one a hit-and-run.

In the first incident on Saturday, Oct. 19, an APD Officer was on patrol late one evening and observed an older model sports car take a wide turn onto northbound Commercial Avenue from 6th Street and drive several feet into the oncoming lane. The vehicle also skidded and lost traction shortly as it made the turn. As such, the officer pulled the car over on 3rd Street and contacted the only person in the car, a 41-year-old Ferndale man who initially said he didn’t lose traction, then said that it wasn’t hard to lose traction in wet conditions given the type of car that he drove. As the officer conversed with the driver, he noticed that his eyes were bloodshot and he smelled like alcohol. The driver’s speech was unclear and he had a difficult time finding the requested documents requested from the officer. The driver agreed to take voluntary roadside tests. When exiting his car to take the tests, the man nearly fell over and had to rely on his car to keep him upright. A voluntary breath sample provided a reading of approximately three times the legal limit to safely and legally operate a motor vehicle. He was taken into custody and transported to the Skagit County Community Justice Center for driving under the influence.

Then, the next day, APD Officers were made aware of a hit and run incident downtown involving a pickup and a parked hatchback. In speaking with the victim vehicle owner, it was determined that the rear bumper of her one-year-old vehicle was completely torn off. She was not in the car when it was struck, but witness accounts revealed that it would have been difficult for the suspect driver to ignore the collision because the alarm went off on the victim’s car. An attempt to locate was put out on the vehicle and Swinomish Tribal Officers found the driver and his vehicle parked on Casino Drive and detained him until an APD Officer could come to the scene. The 34-year-old Oak Harbor man was arrested for hit-and-run and DUI based on his lack of balance and watery, bloodshot eyes. He was transported to APD to be processed for DUI and provided a breath sample of approximately three times the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was later booked in jail on his charges.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

A 30-year-old Mount Vernon woman was distracted by a traffic stop on SR 20 coming into town near the R Avenue roundabout. The woman failed to notice that the car in front of her was stopped for the red light and she rear-ended the car, causing reportable damage to the vehicle she struck and disabling her vehicle. Both drivers sustained minor injury. The at-fault driver was ticketed for following too close.

An APD Sergeant on patrol on 7th Street saw a woman she recognized and ran a routine check on her that returned with a felony warrant for violation of the uniform controlled substances act and a Skagit County District Court warrant for DUI. The Sergeant pulled the woman over a short time later and took her into custody without incident. She was booked in jail on her warrants and faces additional charges for driving while license suspended.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

A 37-year-old Mount Vernon woman was jailed for domestic violence assault after police spoke with her in a grocery store parking late Sunday morning. Someone called police to report a verbal domestic scenario in the parking lot, so officers responded and spoke with the man and woman involved. The two told police that they were in an on-and-off dating relationship and got into an altercation over buying food. A backpack and phone were damaged during the argument and the male half was struck with a child safety seat in the back of the head and sustained several scratches to his face when the woman grabbed his face.  

A King Street resident called police to report that someone entered his vehicle overnight and went rifled through the interior, though nothing of note was missing. In addition, there was a piece of clothing left behind in the vehicle that did not belong to him, so the officer logged the item as evidence.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

A 1980’s Evinrude 9.9 horsepower outboard motor was stolen from a boat parked on the 1100 block of 15th Street sometime over the weekend. The boat owner called police to report the theft. The investigating officer spoke with a nearby neighbor, but he did not notice any suspicious activity in the last several days. There are no suspects.

No one was injured in a two-car, non-blocking accident at the Sharpes Corner roundabout on Wednesday afternoon. The at-fault driver was an 18-year-old from Mount Vernon who failed to yield the right of way to a vehicle already in the intersection. She was given a ticket and both drivers exchanged insurance information.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

A passenger involved in a motor vehicle accident near M Avenue and Broadview Drive called police to report the incident. An APD Corporal responded to the scene, spoke with the reporting party and driver of the vehicle, and determined that they were uninjured. The other involved vehicle was parked nearby, so the Corporal went to contact the 64-year-old driver to interview her. When the driver exited the car, she seemed unsteady on her feet and she fumbled through her belongings to find her driver’s license as requested. She was asked to take voluntary roadside sobriety tests and she complied with this request. The driver had a difficult time maintaining her balance throughout the testing process and did not satisfactorily perform the tests. She was taken into custody for DUI and later to the hospital for a blood sample. She was then booked in the county jail on her charge due to a previous DUI conviction within the last 10 years.

Friday, October 25, 2019

APD Officers were dispatched to the 300 block of O Avenue on Friday morning to investigate suspicious activity. Based on the descriptors provided, officers spoke with four people about what they were doing and all denied doing anything illegal. A routine check of one of the women, a 33-year-old from Oak Harbor, revealed that she had a misdemeanor warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia. She was booked and released on her warrant and she stated she understood that she had to come to court on the assigned date.

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22 Deaths (+0)
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