Police Beat

A Lopez Island man was jailed after the truck and trailer he was driving at Sharpes Corner knocked down a power pole which blocked traffic.

Just after 5:30PM on Friday, Nov. 6, APD Officers responded to a reported single vehicle accident at Sharpes Corner. Once on scene, the first officer realized that there was a light pole that was knocked down and blocking traffic and a heavy-duty pickup truck pulling a dump trailer that sustained heavy damage after colliding with the light pole and other signs in the traffic circle. The driver, a 56-year-old man from Lopez Island, gave an account of events implying that there was another vehicle involved, however, there was no indication of another vehicle’s involvement. Instead, the markings on the roadway and resulting debris implied that the truck and trailer were entering the roundabout from the south before colliding with markers and poles. The driver answered the officer’s questions with slurred speech and was not able to succeed in his efforts to take voluntary roadside tests. The tests and a breath sample of well over the legal limit to drive resulted in the driver’s arrest for DUI. The driver was later booked in jail on a DUI charge.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Officers responded to Saint Mary’s Drive early morning on the 31st to look for an intoxicated man who walked away from his friends when the group went outside to look at the full moon. The friends told police that when their friend started acting out, possibly due to his level of intoxication, they distanced themselves from him, but were now concerned for his and others’ safety. Approximately 20 minutes later, an officer contacted a man on Hillcrest Drive and confirmed that it was the errant friend. The 20-year-old was slurring and repeating his words and smelled of alcohol. The man later agreed to go home with his friends and will receive a citation in the mail for minor in possession.

Just after 3AM on the 31st, an APD Officer investigated a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of R Avenue and Highway 20. Multiple people called 911 after hearing skidding tires and a crash, then observed a power outage in the area. On scene, the first officer observed that the street and stop lights were powered down. There was also an older model coupe parked there that had crashed through the guardrail and struck the power boxes. The 24-year-old Arlington man driving the car said he was not hurt. The driver explained that he did not see the turn until it was too late, so he slammed on the brakes and skidded into the guardrail. The man smelled of alcohol and voluntarily provided a breath sample of over the legal limit to drive his car, and had a difficult time taking the roadside sobriety tests. He was taken into custody for DUI and later released to a sober family member with a copy of his citation which included a date to appear in court.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Three political signs posted at Sunset Avenue and Anaco Beach Road were spray painted sometime overnight on the 31st and reported the morning of the November 1st. There are no suspects.

A gray Specialized mountain bike with a small frame was stolen from the front porch of a house on 4th Street sometime between 1PM and 8PM on Halloween. The victim was unable to provide any information on a suspect.

A commercial building on Sands Way sustained damage to a window overnight on the 31st. There are no suspects.

A woman called mid-afternoon on the 1st to report that the rear window of her late model SUV broke earlier that afternoon while at Washington Park. Investigation revealed that nothing was missing from the car and it may have been caused by a rock that was kicked up by a passing vehicle.

Monday, November 2, 2020

Late morning on the 2nd, an APD Corporal was notified of a wallet theft on R Avenue. The victim told police that he gave a woman a ride into town and when they arrived in the area of 22nd and R Avenue, she grabbed his wallet and ran into a nearby business. Officers were unable to locate the woman. The wallet was located and the victim opted not to press charges.   

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Just before 5:30PM on Thursday, an APD Officer on patrol pulled an older model sedan over on the 1700 block of Q Avenue. The officer noticed that the car was exceeding the speed limit while driving north on R Avenue and narrowly missed the curb when it over-corrected as the lanes narrowed. The 29-year-old Sedro-Woolley man driving the vehicle seemed intent on concealing items under his seat as the officer approached his car. The driver was lethargic in his response to the officer’s questions and there were empty alcohol containers in clear view in the back seat of the car. Based on the officer’s observations and his suspended driving status, the man was taken into custody. When processed for DUI, the driver offered a breath sample of approximately twice the legal limit to drive his car. Since the driver had a DUI conviction within the last 10 years, he was booked in jail for DUI, operating a motor vehicle without an ignition interlock, driving while license suspended, possession of drug paraphernalia for straws and foil found in the sedan after K-9 T-Bone hit on the car, and failure to transfer title.

Friday, November 6, 2020

A local small equipment repair shop contacted police to report that sometime in mid-October a customer’s chainsaw that was in the shop for repair was stolen. When the customer came in on November 6th, he was informed that the tool was missing. The business does not have any leads on a suspect.

Someone called in an off-leash dog at a park on Cabana Lane on Friday morning. The dog and owners left just before the call to 911 dispatch, but the caller provided a license plate number, so the Animal Control Officer reached out to the vehicle owners and asked them about it. The dog owner admitted that she had the dog off-leash at the park and said she was not aware of the leash law since she just moved to town. The dog owner was given a warning and told that she would need to license the dog since she now lives in city limits.