Police Beat

A man was charged with negligent driving following an incident where another driver was forced off the road into a ditch.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

An APD Officer on patrol on the 1200 block of D Avenue pulled in behind an SUV that was stopped and blocking the roadway. In speaking with the disoriented 66-year-old driver, it was determined that the vehicle had struck another vehicle that was parked in the ditch approximately 8 blocks away. An officer spoke with the occupants of the other vehicle who said the SUV came into their lane of travel and they had to swerve to avoid a head-on collision. Both occupants declined aid at that time, but one of the people in the car had some soreness, possibly because of the collision. The suspect driver smelled of alcohol and was confused and disoriented during the course of the interview process. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI and transported to APD to be processed. Breath tests came back within legal range to safely operate a vehicle, so the man was charged with negligent driving in lieu of DUI and released.  

A 22-year-old Anacortes man was arrested the morning of January 25th after APD Officers responded to a parking complaint on Minnesota Avenue. The first officer on scene recognized the vehicle involved in the complaint and was aware that the person who usually drives the vehicle was prohibited by court order to go to the residence where it was parked. After some convincing, the man associated with the car came outside to speak with police and was later taken into custody for violation of the court order. The man was not cooperative during the process of being arrested and he was transported to APD. The man was aggressive and struggled with officers. He was booked in jail for violation of the order and an additional charge for obstructing.

A local motel representative called police to request that a man be banned from the property because he prowled a customer’s car and he was not a guest at the establishment. Officers located the 25-year-old Sedro-Woolley subject and served him his trespass notice. An officer also collected two small items that were taken in the vehicle prowl and return them to the owner, who opted not to press charges. As the officer was leaving after speaking with the man, a landscape crew working nearby said the man had taken an article of clothing from the jobsite. The officer contacted the man again to collect the clothing and returned it to the rightful owner.

At 10:20PM on the 25th, an APD Officer on patrol in a marked car pulled a classic sedan over near 17th and Commercial for speeding. The 26-year-old Anacortes driver smelled of alcohol and his eyes were watery. When reaching for his vehicle registration, the driver moved slowly and deliberately. The driver struggled somewhat with the roadside sobriety tests, utilizing his arms to keep balance even when instructed not to. A breath sample of over the legal limit to safely operate a vehicle and other observations resulted in a DUI arrest. The man was processed for DUI at APD and later released with a copy of his DUI citation and speeding ticket.

Monday, January 27, 2020

A local woman was involved in a minor collision at 22nd and Commercial Avenue. She did not have insurance on the vehicle, so was given a $553 ticket for operating a vehicle without insurance.

A resident on the 900 block of 35th Street contacted police to report that sometime during the night on 1/26/20, his vehicle was rummaged through, but nothing of note was missing.

A passerby on H Avenue called police to report that someone left the keys to their car hanging from the trunk and no one was around. An officer drove by a little later and the keys were no longer there.

APD Officers responded to a physical domestic dispute at a local motel just before 4:30PM on January 27th. The reporting party stated that her boyfriend and she were not getting along and he slammed the car door on her. Officers spoke with the male and he admitted to the argument and ensuing physical confrontation. The man was cited on scene for domestic violence assault and given a court date.

A male at the hospital destroyed a $250 cigarette butt receptacle on the afternoon of January 27. A security representative contacted police to report the incident and an officer responded and searched the area but did not find the suspect. 

A 23-year-old man was arrested at the hospital the evening of January 27 after a security officer called 911 to report that the subject barricaded himself into a room. Officers contacted the man in a small room and, after some coercing, took him into custody, and transported him to jail for trespassing and resisting arrest.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

A Tyler Way resident left his car unlocked overnight and someone rifled through it but the owner did not notice that anything was missing.

A vehicle prowl occurred on Tyler Way, possibly between 4AM and 8AM on January 28. The vehicle owner did not notice anything missing from the vehicle at the time of the report.

A Robin Court resident called police to report that someone accessed his unlocked vehicle, possibly at the same time as other prowls in the area, and he was missing several hundred dollars’ worth of rain gear and some loose change.   

A $23 bottle of rum was recovered from a theft suspect, a local 19-year-old known to police. Store staff called 911 after observing the theft and an officer found the man at a nearby retailer with the bottle in his hand. The suspect was arrested and charged with theft and minor in possession, then released at the scene.

A local man was sent a $1,500 check for a $200 item he sold online. The investigating officer advised him to destroy the check and sever contacts with the supposed buyer. The reporting party also stated that he would report the scam attempt to the online commerce website.  

Just before 9PM on January 28th, an APD Officer pulled a pickup over that had an inoperable headlight. The vehicle also had expired registration tabs as of spring 2019. A routine check on the 28-year-old woman driving the car revealed that her license was suspended due to an unpaid ticket. She was taken into custody, then released with a copy of her citation for driving while license suspended and a ticket for failure to renew her expired registration.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

An Anacortes Police Officer investigated a call taken by a 911dispatcher reference a woman knocking on the door of a home on 6th Street and asking for money and drugs. The enterprising woman was located a few blocks away by an officer who arrested her after discovering that she had an arrest warrant for assault out of Skagit County Superior Court. She was booked in jail on her warrant.

An older model pickup was speeding on D Avenue so a nearby officer pulled the vehicle over to speak with the 29-year-old driver. The man’s license was suspended so he was taken into custody, cited, and released at the scene.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

There were no identifiers on any of three loose dogs who were called in near 26th ST and C Avenue the morning of January 30th so they were impounded.

A construction site in Skyline was burglarized sometime between 5PM on January 29th and 8AM on the 30th. The victim contractor was missing approximately $400 in hand tools. The suspect may have gained entry through an unlocked door, but it is unknown who is responsible for the crime.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,302 Confirmed Skagit Cases
460-469 Total Cases in ZIP 98221

350 Hospitalizations
74 Deaths
61,181 Fully Vaccinated
68,746 Initial Doses Given


410,195 Confirmed Cases Statewide
24,930 Hospitalizations

5,810 Deaths Statewide
3,637,611 Fully Vaccinated
4,122,446 Initial Doses Given

Updated 5:00 pm, June 17, 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