Police Beat

A driver who was arrested for DUI after crashing his vehicle was booked into county jail because it was his second DUI charge in ten years.

Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to Anaco Beach Road just after 2:30AM Thursday, Nov. 7, to investigate a one-car motor vehicle crash. The driver called police to report that his car had some mechanical issues that caused him to drive off the road. Investigation on scene revealed that the older model SUV exited the roadway and traveled through several plants and rocks, striking them with enough force to trigger the airbags. Medics cleared the driver on scene and officers continued to speak with him to determine if he was under the influence because he smelled of alcohol and slurred his words when speaking. The driver took voluntary roadside tests, but seemed to have a difficult time following directions and keeping his balance. He was taken into custody for DUI and later provided a breath sample of approximately twice the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. Since this was his second DUI arrest in less than 10 years, he was booked in the county jail on his charge.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Just after midnight, an APD Officer on State Route 20 pulled an older model hatchback over for expired registration tabs since as of Spring 2016. The 34-year-old Anacortes woman driving the vehicle admitted that her driver’s license was suspended and further stated that she had just purchased the car from a friend who lived nearby. She was taken into custody and charged with driving while license suspended and operating a vehicle without the required ignition interlock. She was then released at the scene after agreeing to call a licensed driver.

Just after 3AM, an APD Officer was in line to purchase items at a local grocery store when an employee approached him, stating that a juvenile male walking out the front door may have stolen something. The officer spoke with the juvenile outside, but he initially denied stealing anything. After reviewing video surveillance, the officer spoke with the juvenile again and two stolen energy drinks were recovered. The male subject and his friend were banned by police from the store and transported to their respective family member’s homes.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

An automotive shop employee called police to report that he left his sports car parked at the Commercial Avenue business overnight and someone broke his passenger door window, gaining access to a grocery bag containing miscellaneous personal items. The items were later recovered nearby.

Monday, November 4, 2019

A 65-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested and charged for driving under the influence on Monday afternoon. A Swinomish Tribal Officer asked for assistance involving the woman’s possible involvement in a traffic complaint, so an Anacortes Police Officer contacted the woman as she stepped out of the driver’s seat of her sedan parked in the driveway. Throughout the course of the DUI investigation, the woman displayed poor balance and smelled of alcohol. She admitted that she had consumed several drinks throughout the course of the day.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

A local business owner called police to report that someone stole $200 worth of magnetic vehicle signs and a half rack of Dr. Pepper from his unlocked vehicle while it was parked at a retail store on Commercial Avenue.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A local woman called police to report that she has received an automated called for the last several months stating that her social security number has been compromised. She was advised that this was likely a scam and she should contact the credit reporting agencies to verify that her personal information is secure.

A “B” Avenue resident is missing some clothing items and a reusable grocery bag after someone entered her car unlawfully over the weekend and removed the items.

A 42-year-old Anacortes man was given a ticket for improper lane usage after he merged into the right lane on Commercial Avenue to pass a bus. His merge resulted in a collision with another vehicle in the right lane. No one was injured in the collision, but the at-fault vehicle sustained reportable damage.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

A 38th Street resident spoke with a police officer to report a cold vehicle prowl that occurred 1-2 weeks prior. A $100 pair of binoculars were stolen from his unlocked vehicle in the incident, but the victim’s vehicle was not damaged in the incident.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

4,942 Confirmed Skagit Cases
400-409 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

318 Hospitalizations
67 Deaths
44,613 Fully Vaccinated
57,198 Initial Doses Given


379,100 Confirmed Cases Statewide
22,614 Hospitalizations

5,539 Deaths Statewide
2,419,434 Fully Vaccinated
3,368,279 Initial Doses Given

Updated 6 pm, May 5, 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