Police Beat

Snowy highway conditions on Wednesday, Feb. 10, let to several traffic crashes on Highway 20.

APD Officers were busy with several motor vehicle accidents on the SR 20 spur from approximately 10AM-12PM on the 10th. One of the incidents involved a three-car crash resulting in reportable damage to one of the vehicles. A small sedan attempted to pass a pickup pulling a trailer in snowy conditions and the sedan slid on ice and struck the side of the pickup. Another pickup came to the scene to help and nudged the pickup and trailer after sliding on the ice. None of the involved people sustained major injuries.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Sunday, February 7, 2021

At 12:30 AM on the 7th, an APD Officer on patrol on J Avenue noticed a pickup come to a complete stop at 22nd and J, then accelerate to a speed of 45 miles per hour in the 25 miles per hour speed zone. The officer pulled the pickup over to speak with the 33-year-old Anacortes driver. The driver said he was testing out his new headlights, stating that he did not see the officer at the intersection. The officer smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath and his speech was slurred; eyes bloodshot. Roadside sobriety tests were offered and the driver complied, but had a difficult time maintaining his balance. Based on the officer’s observations, he took the man into custody for DUI and he was later booked in jail on his charge. 

A solar powered motion light was removed from a sailboat docked at a marina on Q Avenue. The boat owner called police to report that the light was stolen sometime since the end of January. There are no suspects.

Monday, February 8, 2021

Just after 4PM on the 8th, an APD Corporal on patrol on the 1600 block of M Avenue observed a late model sports car quickly approach the intersection at 17th Street and screech to a halt with the car partially in the road on M Avenue, causing several vehicles driving on ‘M’ to stop. The coupe then sped westbound towards the high school on 17th Street, so the Corporal turned around and followed the car, noticing that it appeared to be driving fast through the stop sign at 17th and L Avenue. The car then struck an unoccupied late model pickup parked on the side of the road before running the stop sign at 17th and K Avenue. The battered car ultimately came to a stop in the high school parking lot and the Corporal was there to speak with the driver, later determined to be a local 59-year-old woman. When the car door opened, the Corporal smelled alcohol and spoke with the driver who, through slurred speech, said that she was just driving home. When asked to step out of the car, the woman had to lean on the door and door pillar to get out, and then staggered to her feet. The driver was unable to follow simple directives for the voluntary roadside sobriety tests, so she was taken into custody and transported to the police station for DUI processing. The woman was later booked in the Skagit County Jail for DUI, operating a vehicle without a valid title, and hit and run.

An older model coupe rear-ended a sedan that was stopped for the red light at 12th and D Avenue mid-afternoon on the 8th. The driver of the at-fault vehicle was ticketed for following too close. The at-fault driver told the investigating officer that he was focusing on his stereo and when he looked up from the device, it was too late to avoid a collision with the car in front of him.

A 50-year-old Anacortes woman and her 40-year-old boyfriend were given a ride to jail late night on the 8th after police were called to their residence in west Anacortes. The 50-year-old was the person who originally called 911 because of a brief altercation she had with her adult daughter at the residence. Investigation revealed that the two women got into an argument over the mother’s loud music. The mother then grabbed her daughter’s hair and the scuffle quickly ended when the daughter pushed her mother away. Officers determined that the mother was the primary aggressor and she was taken into custody for domestic violence assault. The mother’s boyfriend had an arrest warrant for DUI, so he was taken into custody as well and both were later booked on their respective charge and warrant.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

A local 66-year-old driver was pulled over by police at 3AM on the 10th because a routine check showed that the car he was driving was sold late in 2020 but the title had not been transferred within the allotted 45 days. The driver was taken into custody for failure to transfer title. A search incident to arrest yielded a methamphetamine pipe containing drug residue. The driver was later released with a copy of his citations for failure to transfer title and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

One Husky and one Stihl chainsaw were stolen from the open bed of a work truck parked at a hotel near Sharpes Corner sometime during the night of the 10th. There are no suspects.

A vehicle associated with a downtown business had the passenger window broken out sometime during the day of the 11th. There was no further damage or missing items from the van and it is unknown if the damage occurred purposefully or by accident.

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COVID-19 Cases in Skagit County

5,492 Confirmed Skagit Cases
373 Hospitalizations
79 Deaths
66,524 Fully Vaccinated
72,506 Initial Doses Given

Statewide

429,337 Confirmed Cases Statewide
26,498 Hospitalizations

6,089 Deaths Statewide
4,006,111 Fully Vaccinated
4,367,098 Initial Doses Given

Updated 10pm, July 26, 2021.

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