Police Beat

Traffic-related incidents top this week’s Police Blotter, including a couple of crashes at the Sharpes Corner roundabout.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

A vehicle parked overnight on Kingsway had its window broken out to provide access to a $250 backup camera monitor. There are no suspects.

A 29-year-old Anacortes man was pulled over for driving 15 mph over the posted 30 mph limit on 12th Street on Saturday evening. A routine check of his driving status revealed that his license was suspended. The driver admitted that he was aware of his suspended license, but was hoping to get it fixed before he got caught. He was arrested, cited, and released on scene.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

A 17-year-old Anacortes male was arrested and charged with driving while license suspended in the early morning hours on December 1st. The driver was contacted by an APD Sergeant who observed him on the roadway just after 1AM without using his headlights.

An APD Officer pulled a pickup and trailer over on SR 20 because the trailer did not have a license plate on it. The driver, a 49-year-old from Sedro-Woolley, told the officer that he did not have a valid driver’s license and was driving to bring his friend some wood. In addition to his suspended driving status, the officer also discovered that the man had two arrest warrants for theft out of Mount Vernon Municipal Court and Skagit County District Court respectively. He was taken into custody and booked in the county jail on his warrants and driving charge.  

An Eastsound driver dozed off behind the wheel while driving towards the ferry terminal just after 5AM on Sunday and his vehicle veered into the oncoming lane and struck a late-model pickup. Both vehicle occupants had minor injuries and both vehicles sustained significant damage. The at-fault driver was given a ticket for improper lane usage and no insurance.

Monday, December 2, 2019

An APD Officer on patrol on Q Avenue stopped and checked a sedan parked in the 1700 block because the owner had warrants for his arrest. After a moment, the owner walked towards the car and greeted the officer, stating that he was aware of his warrants and was intending to quash them later in the week. The man was taken into custody without incident and transported to jail on two warrants for assault that were issued by the Skagit County Superior Court.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

A late morning traffic stop resulted in a trip to jail for a local 47-year-old who was driving his hatchback with expired tabs on SR 20 in front of an on-duty Anacortes Police Officer. The officer pulled the car over and spoke with the driver who knew about the registration issue and was trying to get a new title issued for the older model hatchback. The driver also mentioned that he had a warrant and no license. Further investigation revealed that the man had 4 warrants—3 for driving related offenses, and one for disorderly conduct. He was taken into custody without incident and booked in jail on his warrants and a new charge for driving while license suspended.

A 44-year-old Anacortes woman was given a ticket for failure to yield after she drove her late model Jeep into the path of vehicle already in the roundabout at Sharpes Corner. The Jeep sustained reportable damage, but no one was injured.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

An 18-year-old Anacortes man was given a ticket for following too close in a non-injury minor crash involving two cars near K and 19th Street. The responding officer issued the infraction and facilitated an exchange of information between the two drivers.

An 81-year-old Olga (yes, Olga!) woman was given a $190 ticket for failure to yield after she pulled in front of a sedan driving on 11th Street, causing a collision with reportable damage to both involved vehicles. There were no injuries. 

A 62-year-old La Conner woman was given a ticket for improper backing and operating a vehicle without insurance after she struck a vehicle at low speeds while backing out of her parking spot at a local grocery store. No one was injured.

Anacortes Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 8th and Q per the report of a lot of yelling and other loud noises coming from an apartment in the area. Officers were able to identify the source of the noise and interviewed several people from within the residence who stated that no crime was committed. A local 42-year-old known to police was contacted, however, and a search incident to arrest for a Department of Corrections warrant yielded a container with drug residue. DOC could not take him on his warrant that night, so he was released with a copy of his citation and advised to report to the DOC Office the following day.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

An Anacortes Police Officer pulled over a sedan with a broken headlight and partially blocked front license plate after dark on Thursday. The 43-year-old Anacortes woman told the investigating officer that she did not have her license on her, but she had a clear license. A DOL return suggested otherwise and she was arrested for driving while license suspended.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Anacortes Police Officers arrested a local 65-year-old for DUI and driving while license suspended early Friday morning. Casino staff called 911 with concern that the driver may not be able to drive safely due to alcohol consumption and provided a driver and vehicle description. An officer noticed the car traveling northbound on R Avenue and pulled it over just after the 22nd ST roundabout after noticing that it swerved within its lane of travel and the driver failed to signal while merging or exiting the roundabout. The officer recognized the driver from previous experience with him, and explained the reason for the stop. The car smelled of alcohol and a voluntary breath sample revealed that that driver’s blood alcohol level was over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle. He was taken into custody. The driver also faces possible drug possession charges for methamphetamine found in plain view within his sedan.

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