Police Beat

This week saw several motorists arrested and jailed in county jail on charges related to drunk driving.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Early evening on the 30th, an APD Officer noticed a sedan traveling on Commercial Avenue with a broken headlight so he pulled the car over. The driver, a 29-year-old man from Bellingham, said he was aware of the defective headlight and was unable to provide a valid driver’s license. The man was arrested, cited for driving while license suspended, and released at the scene. A passenger in the car had her license, so she took over the responsibility of driving.

Just before 9PM on the 30th, an APD Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue observed a small sedan make a series of abrupt driving maneuvers as it merged into traffic, pulled through a parking lot, and turned onto Q Avenue. A registration check revealed that the vehicle tabs expired in 2019, so the officer pulled the car over to speak with the driver, a 26-year-old man from Big Lake. Further investigation revealed that the man’s driver’s license was suspended. The driver was arrested for driving while license suspended and later released after agreeing to call a licensed driver to take the car from the scene.

At 11:30 on the night of the 30th, an APD Officer on patrol on 32nd Street nearly collided with a small sedan that entered the intersection from M Avenue without stopping. The officer pulled the car over on 32nd Street to investigate. The driver, a 23-year-old from Stanwood, had watery, bloodshot eyes and the smell of alcohol was coming from the car. The driver took voluntary roadside tests, but performed poorly, nearly losing his balance multiple times as he swayed while taking steps that were part of the test. The driver also provided a voluntary breath sample of over the legal limit to drive his car. He was taken into custody for DUI and later booked in jail due to a recent DUI conviction.

Sunday, January 31, 2021

An APD Officer responded to 12th and M Avenue just after noon on the 31st to investigate a two-car rear-end collision at the intersection. In speaking with the vehicle drivers, it was determined that the SUV in the rear was at fault. The driver of the at-fault vehicle told police that she sneezed and when she looked up, the SUV in front of her was braking and she did not have time to respond and avoid a collision. The vehicle in the rear sustained enough damage that it had to be towed from the scene. No one was injured.

Just after 5PM on the 31st, an APD Officer on patrol on Commercial Avenue pulled sedan over with registration tabs that expired in May. Further investigation revealed that the car was sold in February 2020, but the title had not been transferred. The 27-year-old Anacortes driver was placed under arrest for failure to transfer title and later released at the scene with a copy of her citation.

Monday, February 1, 2021

A red 1970 Honda CT trail motorcycle with Washington license plate CV642W was stolen from the 300 block of 34th Street sometime between 5PM on the 30th and 7AM on the 1st. The victim told police that the motorcycle was in the process of restoration and was not in running condition. It is possible that the person or persons responsible for the theft pushed it south on the Tommy Thompson Trail. Anyone with information on the theft can contact an APD Officer via 911 Dispatch on the non-emergency line: 360-428-3211 and reference APD case number 21-A00693. Thank you.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

APD Officers responded to a noise complaint late night on the 1st and spoke briefly with the man who was outside yelling, then told officers that he would quiet down. A short time later, someone called in again to complain about the noise, so officers returned to speak with the 70-year-old who was now sitting in the driver’s seat of a sedan with the engine running. The man smelled of alcohol and agreed to take voluntary roadside tests and a breath test. The man nearly fell over several times during the test and had a difficult time following simple instructions. The man was taken into custody for physical control and later booked in jail due to a recent DUI arrest.

Just after 8:30 on the night of the 2nd, APD Officers responded to 6th Street to investigate a domestic disturbance between a boyfriend and girlfriend. The girlfriend had a large bump and laceration on her eyebrow and the boyfriend had torn skin on his hand. When asked about the physical evidence, both parties admitted that they had been arguing off and on for several days, culminating in the 47-year-old boyfriend punching his girlfriend. The man was taken into custody. Since there was a no contact order between the man and woman, the suspect was booked in jail on a no contact order violation and domestic violence assault.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

It was 1:30 AM on the morning of the 3rd when an APD Corporal saw an SUV speeding westbound on South March Point Road, so he increased his speed to catch up, then pulled the car over near the intersection of South March Point and March Point Road. The driver, a 39-year-old Anacortes woman, was given the reason for the stop. There was a slight odor of alcohol coming from the car, so she was asked to do some voluntary sobriety tests. The driver displayed poor balance and gave a breath sample of over the legal limit to drive a car. The driver was taken into custody on a DUI charge and transported to the police station for processing. She was later booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on her charge.

An APD Officer on patrol in an SUV with police markings and lights noticed that the driver of the sedan in front of him on R Avenue was continually checking his rearview mirror as he turned without using his signal light onto SR 20. Investigation revealed that the 39-year-old Seattle driver had a suspended license, so the officer pulled the car over. The man was taken into custody without incident for driving while license suspended and later released from custody with a copy of his citation.

A man called police on Wednesday to report a fraud call he had received from someone claiming to represent the Drug Enforcement Agency in Texas. Per the victim, someone called him claiming that his identity was stolen and he needed to pay the caller with gift cards to clear his name. The victim complied with the request to purchase $2,000 in Apple gift cards and sent pictures of the cards to the caller. The victim had already reported the issue to his financial institution. The identity of the caller is unknown and the phone number used by the fraudster could not receive incoming calls.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

A sedan parked on Parkside Drive was broken into sometime overnight per the police report taken on Thursday morning. The victim told police that the sedan was unlocked and several electronic items valued at just under $2,000 were stolen.

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