Police Beat

Police officers could see the damage from several blocks away as a result of a car-tree crash. 

Anacortes Police Officers expedited their response to the intersection of Kingsway and Jasper Way just after 12:30AM on Feb. 15th after someone called 911 to report a single car collision with a tree. Responding officers noticed debris in the roadway several blocks before the intersection where the vehicle and driver were located. The driver of the crashed SUV was a 21-year-old Anacortes man. He was disheveled and dirty, but told the initial officer on scene that he was not hurt. After stumbling around for a moment, he sat down and was ultimately cleared by medics that came to the scene. Officers could smell intoxicants coming from the man’s breath, so they asked if he would take voluntary roadside tests and he complied. The driver did poorly on the tests, nearly falling at one point during the process. He was arrested for DUI and transported to APD for processing. He was later released to a family member after agreeing to appear in court. 

Saturday, February 15, 2020

An APD Officer pulled an older model sedan over on SR 20 just after midnight on the 15th because the car’s registration was expired as of January 2020. A driver’s check of the 21-year-old man behind the wheel revealed that his license was suspended and he admitted that he had an unpaid ticket that led to his license suspension. He was arrested and cited on scene. The responsibility of driving was turned over to his licensed passenger. 

A 36-year-old Ferndale man was arrested for operating a vehicle without a title. The man told the APD Officer who pulled him over on SR 20 that he recently purchased the vehicle at an auction and he thought the tabs were valid despite the expired vehicle registration as of March 2019. He was cited and released on scene. 

An injured deer call from Skyline was cancelled by the reporting party after the animal apparently made a “miraculous” recovery and walked off. 

An APD Officer on patrol after dark noticed an older model SUV in front of him with a broken tail light lens so he pulled the car over. The 65-year-old Sedro-Woolley driver admitted that his license was suspended, but he intended to take care of it next week. After confirming the driver’s license status, the officer arrested him for driving while license suspended and released him on scene with a copy of his citation.

Sunday, February 16, 2020

A routine traffic stop for expired registration tabs resulted in two felony warrant arrests in the mid-afternoon hours of February 16th. The 26-year-old driver and his passenger, a 55-year-old man, are familiar to police and were cooperative when arrested. The 55-year-old also faces an additional charge for possession of drug paraphernalia for needles found on him during a search incident to arrest. The jail was unable to accept the men on their warrants so they were both released. 

Monday, February 17, 2020

Just after 1AM on February 17th, an APD Officer on patrol on Longview Avenue pulled a hatchback over because one of the taillights was burnt out. The 32-year-old Eastsound driver did not have a valid driver’s license so he was issued a ticket for no valid operator’s license. The 22-year-old woman in the passenger’s seat was identified and a routine check revealed that she had a misdemeanor warrant out of the Anacortes Municipal Court. She was taken into custody on her warrant, but the jail would not accept on her warrant, so she was released with a new court date. 

An officer was made aware of an injured crow near O Avenue but the animal was gone upon officer arrival. 

Just after noon on the 17th, an APD Officer took a vehicle prowl report from a Blakely Drive resident. The victim said two unlocked vehicles were rifled through sometime overnight and a cosmetic bag and wallet was stolen in the incident. There are no suspects. 

Early afternoon on the 17th, a Glasgow Way resident called police to report that an unlocked vehicle was prowled while parked in his driveway overnight. 

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Just before midnight on the 19th, officers responded to the 3700 block of West 8th Street per the call from a woman that a man was banging on her door, yelling and possibly trying to enter the residence. As officers responded, the call was updated to a possible vehicle striking the residence. The subject was described as the ex-boyfriend of a woman who lived at the residence. Officers contacted the male subject in the front yard of the residence. He was standing near an older model sedan that had front-end damage. The man ignored verbal commands to put his hands behind his back and, after a brief struggle, he was detained in handcuffs. During the conversation with the man, the officer noticed that the suspect smelled of alcohol and he later provided a breath sample over the limit to legally operate a motor vehicle. The driver said he accidentally ran into the car in the driveway and officers photographed damage to a car in the driveway and part of the garage door. The 31-year-old Granite Falls driver was booked in the county jail on an investigative hold for DUI and malicious mischief. 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

An $18 pack of caffeinated chewing gum was delivered and subsequently stolen from the front porch of a residence on 9th Street, possibly on 16th, the day it was delivered. There are no suspects. 

Friday, February 21, 2020

A 34th Street resident spoke with an APD Officer on the phone and reported that approximately an hour earlier, he heard a loud crash outside his home and looked to see his mailbox that was dislodged from the post. He was unable to provide any suspect information or a license plate of the suspect vehicle. 

APD Officers were investigating a parking complaint involving a van at Washington Park on the morning of February 21st. The van was occupied by a man and a woman and the man, a local 21-year-old known to police, had a Skagit County Superior Court warrant so he was arrested and booked in the county jail. The man faces possible drug charges for methamphetamine and paraphernalia found on him when he was searched incident to arrest. 

APD Officers were made aware of a possible fight in the area of 21st Street and O Avenue on Friday afternoon. Based on vehicle and subject descriptions, officers contacted three males in the area, but all denied that a physical fight had occurred. A routine check on two of the men revealed that they had warrants for their arrest so they were booked in jail on their warrants. One of the men, a 29-year-old from Anacortes, also faces possible possession of drug paraphernalia charges for a burnt piece of foil and a plastic tube found on him when he was searched.

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