Police Beat

A 40-year-old Arlington man was booked into county jail on a DUI charge after using his truck to crash into other vehicles in line at the state ferry landing.

The arrest came after the man reportedly backed into other cars and damaged them at the Washington State Ferries terminal around 7:15 p.m. on Sunday night, April 2. Several people reportedly asked the man to turn down the extremely loud music he was listening to in his truck. He then allegedly “lunged” his truck forward and then reversed, hitting the vehicle behind him. Other passengers waiting in line took the man’s keys to prevent him from causing further damage. Upon arrival, an officer noted being able to smell alcohol on the man’s breath from about 3 feet away. The man allegedly said he had “a glass of wine” in Arlington. The officer noted a cup in the center console that had red stains and a broken bottle of red wine in the truck bed. The man refused field sobriety tests and a portable breath test. He was booked into Skagit County Jail.

Here are some other cases Anacortes Police reported on this week.

Friday, March 31, 2017

A 62-year-old Anacortes man reported a hit-and-run crash that occurred sometime in the past week. His white Chevy Tahoe sustained about $3,000 in damage. The man guessed it may have been caused by a vehicle backing out of the Sebo’s angle parking. There are no suspects.

A 48-year-old Anacortes woman reported someone added a tablet to her wireless plan, which resulted in around $70 in erroneous charges. There are no suspects.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

A 26-year-old Anacortes man reported his motorcycle was hit and knocked over while parked in the Jack in the Box parking lot, causing about $1,000 in damage. The investigation continues.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Officers responded to a call about a homeless woman drinking a Mike’s hard lemonade and acting oddly in the 2800 block of Commercial Avenue around 3:19 p.m. The responding officer noted the 34-year-old transient woman also had a warrant. A search revealed several items used to smoke methamphetamine. The jail would not accept her for booking. She was cited for consuming alcohol in public and use of drug paraphernalia and given a new court date on her warrant.

A 37-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested on charges of DUI, disorderly conduct and unlawful possession of a prescription drug after police were called to a fight just before midnight at an establishment in the 1900 block of Commercial Avenue. No victims wanted to pursue assault charges for the fight. However, officers noted the woman appeared intoxicated. She reportedly admitted she drove to the business after drinking at home. She was arrested. Officers found a variety of pills in her purse during a search. Breath test results at the station were more than the legal limit.

Monday, April 3, 2017

An employee of a business in the 1300 block of Commercial Avenue called police about a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot. A 26-year-old transient man in the car known to police had a warrant out of Mount Vernon Municipal Court. During a search, the officer found a school ID card and a debit card with different names on them. Both were confiscated. The jail declined to accept him so he was booked and released with a new court date. The investigation continues.

A light blue and white women’s mountain bike was reported stolen in the 4700 block of Fidalgo Bay Road. The bike had a lock attached but was not locked to anything. There are no suspects.

A 13-year-old boy called police because he thought a white van was following him and a friend while they were walking near Anacortes Middle School around 9 p.m. The van remained stopped at a stop sign for an extended time near them and then turned toward them, appearing to follow. When the two decided to avoid the van by going down an alley, the van followed. The youths became frightened and they ran away and hid. Police later located the van and talked to the driver and two passengers. One passenger, a 50-year-old Anacortes man, was giving directions but was uncertain where he was going, causing the driving to look erratic. The boy later confirmed nobody in the van talked to them or tried to get them to climb into the van. A records check confirmed the 50-year-old man had warrants for driving with a suspended license, possession of fireworks and resisting arrest. He was booked and released. An officer told the boy he is welcome to call 911 any time he feels threatened.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

A woman called police to report vandalism at the tennis courts on K Avenue. Officers found a portable toilet overturned, which they brought upright. There was no visible damage.

A 19-year-old Mount Vernon man was ticketed for following too close after rear-ending another vehicle near a pedestrian crossing on R Avenue around 2:30 p.m. The driver reported he was looking over his shoulder to change lanes. He then noticed the pedestrian but didn’t see the car in front of him stopping.

A $350 yellow 18-speed Trek mountain bike was reported stolen in the 1900 block of 24th Street. Video camera footage shows a man running off with the bike. There are no suspects.

A resident called concerned about chickens left at a house that appeared vacant on Forest Park Lane. The animal control officer found several birds that appeared to be healthy and happy. The owner was advised to rehome the rooster because they are prohibited in the city. The rest of the birds were planned to be moved.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A 17-year-old Anacortes girl was cited for driving with a suspended license, making an improper turn and having no insurance after reportedly making a right turn and hitting another vehicle on 12th Street near N Avenue just before 9 a.m. There were no injuries.

An employee of a business in the 1700 block of Commercial Avenue called police after suspecting a man who had just come through the drive-thru around 1 p.m. was drunk. An officer followed the vehicle for several blocks before pulling over the driver, later identified as a 59-year-old Bellingham man. The man declined to do field sobriety tests or a portable breath test. He was arrested on a charge of DUI. A search warrant was received for a blood sample. He was booked into Skagit County Jail.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

A 28-year-old Anacortes woman reported a fraudulent phone call. She said she received and filled out a survey by a local company. She was later notified she won a prize from a drawing based on the survey and someone would drop off the prize the next day. The woman became suspicious and called the company’s listed phone number. She was told the survey and prize was a scam.

Friday, April 7, 2017

A 44-year-old Anacortes man was arrested on a charge of DUI after on officer saw him driving in the center of the road on Hillcrest Avenue around 1:10 a.m. The man claimed to have had two drinks. During field sobriety tests the man reportedly said he wasn’t “doing great.” His portable breath test was more than twice the legal limit. He reportedly apologized several times during processing. He was cited and released to a sober driver.

Note: Anacortes Police Department policy is to not include names or addresses of businesses or individuals that call 911 for police assistance, though this information is a matter of public record.