Police Beat

A teenage girl was arrested for DUI following a middle-of-the-night car crash.

A juvenile female was arrested for DUI just after midnight on Sept. 29th. Police officers responded to “A” Avenue and Forest Park Lane after receiving information that the juvenile was involved in a traffic crash at that location. Officers noticed a severely damaged sports coupe that had struck a tree and spoke with the teen who was standing nearby. During the collision investigation, officers noticed that the juvenile’s breath smelled like alcohol and she later admitted to drinking alcohol at a friend’s party. The teen was initially taken into custody for minor in possession, but later admitted that she was the driver of the crashed car. Officers performed voluntary sobriety tests with the teen, and after she performed poorly and provided a breath sample of over the legal limit to safely operate a motor vehicle, she was charged with DUI and later released to a sober adult.  

Sunday, September 27, 2020

An unlocked vehicle was entered in the eastern part of the city sometime during the night on the 26th and a wooden box containing belt buckles and a set of vehicle keys were stolen. No suspect information was ascertained.

A small breed dog was placed in the care of a veterinarian after sustaining injury during an altercation with a medium-sized dog at Washington Park. The Animal Control Officer contacted the owner of the medium-sized dog and sent paperwork to him declaring his dog potentially dangerous due to the severity of injuries sustained by the small dog. 

With the help of a Swinomish Tribal Police Officer, Anacortes Police arrested a 38-year-old Arlington man for driving under the influence mid-afternoon of the 27th. Police officers were looking for the man after receiving word that he may have been involved in a physical altercation at Washington Park. Officers contacted the man in the driver’s seat of a pickup on Whistle Lake Road, also removing two additional vehicle occupants who were initially uncooperative with officers. After the pickup was cleared, officers noted that there were open beer cans in the car. Officers kept in contact with the vehicle driver after smelling alcohol on his breath, however, the other two vehicle occupants were released after it was determined that no crime took place that involved them. The driver had a difficult time maintaining his balance during the voluntary tests and ultimately provided a breath sample with a blood alcohol level exceeding the legal limit to safely operate a vehicle. He was later book in jail on a DUI charge.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Just after 6:30AM on the 27th, an APD Officer on patrol on Cabana Lane noticed an unoccupied SUV parked with its dome light on. The officer turned around to see what was going on and noticed a man standing outside the car. The man said the car was his and he was on his way to work. After some investigation, it was determined that the man, a 43-year-old from Mount Vernon, had two misdemeanor arrest warrants. The 43-year-old was taken into custody and booked in jail on his warrants.

A presidential candidate sign was reported stolen from the area of Oakes and Anacopper on the 28th. The reporting party and sign owner told police that the sign was still there they day prior and it appeared that other signs in the area were untouched. There are no suspects.

A political campaign sign at Commercial and Longview Avenue was painted over sometime during the week of the 20th. The reporting party did not have suspect information.

A concerned woman called police to report a call from someone claiming to represent the Social Security Administration. The caller threatened arrest if she did not contact them. The responding officer provided solace after informing her that the call was a scam.

Three juvenile males were banned from a local hardware store for their involvement in the attempted theft of $25 worth of merchandise early afternoon on the 28th. The juveniles dropped the items as a store employee was pursuing them. Officers counseled the juveniles on their behavior and contacted available guardians, then trespassed them from the store for one year at the employees’ request.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

A privately-owned travel trailer was broken into while parked at a business on Molly Lane and almost $1,000 worth of digital equipment and media as well as a stainless steel grill were taken. The owner called police to report the incident and told the investigating officer that the theft occurred sometime in the previous month or so. There are no suspects.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

A 55-year-old Anacortes man was given a ticket for following too close on Wednesday afternoon after his late model sedan rear-ended a late model pickup stopped at the intersection of 32nd and Commercial. The driver told police that he was reaching for something in the glove compartment and didn’t see the vehicle stopped in front of him. Both vehicles sustained reportable damage in the collision.

A local man called police to report that he received an email he assumed was from a trusted friend. The email requested $700 in Amazon gift cards, so the man purchased them and provided the pin number via email. He then reached out to his friend who stated that he did not send the request.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Early Thursday afternoon, a local retailer contacted APD to report the theft of approximately $90 worth of items from their store, including a high-end handbag. The suspect was not in the store when the investigating officer arrived, however, the business had video surveillance of the theft and staff was able to provide possible identification as the male suspect provided his ID when he made a purchase in the store earlier in the day. The suspect was not on scene, but he will receive theft charges in the mail.

An APD Officer took a dog bite call on Thursday afternoon from a man on a bicycle. The man told police that a mid-sized dog walked up to him, licked his ankle, and then bit him. The dog handler denied that his dog bit the man and left the area. The Animal Control Officer later reviewed the case and she was able to establish who owned the dog and made contact with the dog owner to begin the required 10-day rabies quarantine.

A 6th Street resident called police to report that a man he did not know showed up at his house and asked him to call the police after admitting that he had been using drugs and alcohol that day. Officers arrived, took the intoxicated 18-year-old male into custody without incident for minor in possession, and transported him home where he was released to his mother.

A man called police late in the day on the 1st after realizing that his silver 1998 Honda Civic sedan with Washington plate BRC6209 was stolen from a parking lot on the 1300 block of Commercial Avenue while he was working. While speaking with the officer, the man recalled seeing a car that looked like his turn eastbound on Q Avenue at approximately 7PM. The car was recovered by Swinomish Tribal Police just outside city limits later that day.  

Friday, October 2, 2020

A 19-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested for driving while license suspended and failure to transfer title on the evening of the 2nd. The woman was driving an older model hatchback on 12th Street and it had a broken taillight and expired registration tabs. The officer pulled the car over and identified the woman via her driver’s license. She was taken into custody without incident, stating she did not know that her license was suspended. The woman was cited and released at the scene.

COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

1,241 Skagit Cases (+2)
<70 Cases in ZIP 98221

104 Hospitalizations (+0)
23 Deaths (+0)

103,500 Cases Statewide (+587)
8,322 Hospitalizations (+42)

2,321 Deaths Statewide (+25)

Updated 5:00 pm October 26, 2020.

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