Police Beat

A local man who was driving with a glass of wine sitting in his center console was stopped after he was spotted swerving in his lane. See what comes next.

Friday, January 10, 2020

On January 10, a little after 6PM, an APD Officer was dispatched to investigate an erratically-driven SUV that left the area of the casino traveling towards Anacortes. An officer found the SUV and followed it for several blocks. The officer noticed that the SUV was swerving within its lane, and driving at inconsistent speeds. The vehicle pulled into a retail parking lot on the 1500 block of Commercial Avenue and the officer parked nearby, then contacted the driver as he painstakingly exited the car. The 73-year-old Anacortes man had watery eyes and smelled of alcohol. When asked for his license and registration, the man went back into his car which is when the officer observed a glass of white wine sitting in the center console of the vehicle. The driver later attempted to conceal the wine by covering it with a glove. When an officer asked about the wine, he initially acted confused, then said there was Pinot Grigio in the glass. The driver provided a voluntary breath sample showing he was over twice the legal limit to legally drive his car. He was taken into custody for DUI and later given a courtesy ride home.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

An APD Officer spoke with two people in a car on the 3200 block of Commercial Avenue. A passerby took note of the vehicle parked with the engine running and the lights on for over an hour. The vehicle passengers said they had fallen asleep and would move the car soon.

A woman called police to report a deer wandering through the area of Anacopper Mine Road and Oakes Avenue. The bedazzled deer was not located.

A local 20-year-old man was given a $553 ticket for not carrying insurance on his vehicle after he rear-ended the vehicle stopped in front of him at a stop sign on Kansas Avenue. The victim vehicle sustained reportable damage. No one was injured.

APD Officers took a report of a man in his 30’s throwing items into the road. An officer contacted an intoxicated male in the area, but he denied acting out and declined the officer’s offer of a ride home.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

A local hardware store employee contacted police to request that a woman be banned from the store after she had been yelling in the store and had to be escorted out by a staff member. APD Officers know the 49-year-old Mount Vernon subject and they located her near the building. She was issued a copy of the trespass notice barring her from returning to the business for 12 months.

Monday, January 13, 2020

An officer spoke with the victim of a malicious mischief incident about her broken windshield. The owner said the vehicle was parked by her apartment on Q Avenue and sustained the damage sometime around midnight. There are no suspects.

A pickup mirror worth $500 was broken in a hit and run incident while the pickup was parked along 22nd Street. There was no evidence of the at-fault vehicle at the scene.

A K Avenue resident called police to report that someone tried to force entry into her garage, but was unsuccessful. It will cost the homeowner $200 to fix damage incurred in the incident. There are no suspects.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A local man who had parked his pickup in the marina parking lot on Q Avenue sometime around Thanksgiving recently discovered that someone broke the rear window of the cab to access the vehicle. Although items were noticeably moved throughout the vehicle, nothing appeared to be missing.

Nearly $1,000 in miscellaneous jewelry and electronics was stolen in a vehicle prowl on the 1700 block of 37th Street sometime in the early morning hours of January 14th. Two packages were also stolen from the victim’s mailbox that morning.

A passerby noticed an SUV parked at Storvik Park with its alarm going off, so she called 911 to request that an officer check on the situation. An officer spoke with the vehicle owner who said he lost his keys in the snow and spent two hours looking for them to no avail. The officer stood by until a friend came to pick him up.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

APD Officers assisted several stranded and stuck motorists including an Oak Harbor woman who got stuck on her way back from work. Officers and others in the area got the vehicle moved off the roadway and provided a courtesy ride to a local motel room.

An APD Officer was made aware of a vehicle in the ditch near Reservation Road just before 4AM on January 15th. The officer contacted the owner who stated that his vehicle slid in the ditch after he used it to pull another vehicle out and he was on his way to get another vehicle to retrieve the ditched vehicle.

Park & Recreation staff contacted APD to turn in a pair of Lee jeans with tags on them that were left in the restroom along R Avenue. There is no way to determine who the jeans belong to or if they are stolen, so they were set aside to be donated to a local charity.

An APD Officer was made aware of an elderly woman who was out of necessary medication. The woman’s caregiver was unable to make it to her home due to inclement weather conditions, so the officer delivered the needed medications to the woman’s home.

A local man called police to report that a late model SUV belonging to his father-in-law was damaged in a hit and run incident at a local grocery store the morning of January 15th. Photos of the damage were logged as evidence, but there are no suspects.

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