Police Beat

An Anacortes man learned a hard lesson as he checked a text message while driving on Fidalgo Bay Road last week.

Just before 9PM on the 15th, an APD Officer was made aware of a concerned motorist out with an older model pickup that rolled over on SR 20 near Fidalgo Bay Road. On arrival, the officer noted an overturned pickup with no one inside. A short time later, the man who had been driving the vehicle arrived on scene and identified himself. The driver declined medical attention and told police that he was checking a text message on his phone when he veered off the road. The 47-year-old Anacortes driver was given a ticket for wheels off roadway and made arrangements to have his vehicle towed from the scene.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Just before 8PM on the 13th, an APD Officer on patrol on Oakes Avenue observed an SUV exit the roundabout at the intersection of Glasgow Way and accelerate rapidly to a speed of over 60 miles per hour. The officer caught up with the vehicle to perform a traffic stop on Highland Drive where he quickly noted the smell of alcohol coming from the driver, a local 51-year-old. The man spoke to the officer with slurred and slow speech, but was able to provide his registration and proof of insurance as well as a driver’s license. A routine check of the man’s license revealed that he was required to have an ignition interlock device in his SUV, but there was not one present. The officer then asked the driver to perform roadside field sobriety tests. The man cooperated by taking the tests, swaying from side to side at times while doing so and nearly falling on one occasion. The driver was taken into custody for DUI and transported to APD for processing. The driver was later booked in jail for DUI because of recent DUI convictions. He was also cited for reckless driving and operating a motor vehicle without a required ignition interlock device.

Sunday, March 14, 2021

A suspect described as a male in his 20’s stole $15 worth of candy and ice cream from a local grocer on the evening of the 14th. The responding officer was unable to locate the suspect who was last seen by store staff running southbound on R Avenue after concealing candy in his pants.

Monday, March 15, 2021

A 57-year-old woman was arrested for stealing $20 worth of junk food late morning on the 11th. Police contacted the woman near a grocery store after a manager called police and provided the suspect’s description. The suspect initially ignored officer commands to stop so they could speak with her, and struggled briefly with the officer who was detaining her. The woman was taken into custody, cited for theft and obstructing, and released at the scene after agreeing to appear in court at a later time.

At 5:15 PM on Monday, an APD Officer observed an older model vehicle on R Avenue with no front or rear license plates. The driver, a local 28-year-old, told the officer who pulled him over that he recently purchased the vehicle and the previous owner removed the plates. A routine check of the man’s driving record returned with a suspended status. The driver was taken into custody and later released with a copy of his citation.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

An Anacortes High School staff member contacted the Animal Control Officer on the afternoon of the 16th to report a cat that was loitering on school property. The ACO advised that the cat was probably lingering because of the attention it received from students and there is no leash law for cats in the City of Anacortes.

A 49-year-old Anacortes woman was arrested on the afternoon of the 16th with $80 in stolen merchandise, including alcohol and a bottle of bubbles. Police were made aware of the theft by an observant store employee who called 911 for assistance. The female suspect was charged with third degree theft and banned from the store for one year at the request of store personnel.

A 17-year-old Anacortes driver told police that it felt like his front wheel fell off before the SUV he was driving veered into the ditch and rolled onto the roof on Heart Lake Road. The driver was unharmed in the incident, but the car sustained significant damage. The teen was given a ticket for wheels off roadway.

A tenant at a local motel called police on the evening of the 17th to report that sometime since 5PM the day before, his unlocked van was entered, and someone stole a Sony camera and associated accessories. There are no suspects. 

At 11PM on the 17th, an APD Corporal on patrol at 14th and Commercial observed a sedan that is registered to a 22-year-old Oak Harbor woman with a suspended license. The Corporal pulled the car over and confirmed that the registered owner was driving the car. The woman was arrested for driving while license suspended and later released at the scene.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

A Yorkshire Drive resident called police on Thursday afternoon to report that sometime since 1PM on the 17th, there was a package stolen from her front porch containing a pair of athletic shoes. The company which sent the package agreed to refund the woman’s money since she did not take delivery of the shoes. There are no suspects.

A green and black Trek Marlin 5 mountain bike was stolen from the 2200 block of Commercial Avenue mid-afternoon on Thursday. The man who reported the theft said he went inside the store for a few minutes and the bike was unlocked outside; when he returned, the bike was gone. There are no suspects at this time.

A little girl was playing with an inactivated cellphone and inadvertently called 911 on Thursday night. Officers responded to the address of the call on the west side of town and spoke with the parents who were reminded that most old cell phones still allow 911 calls, even if they are not connected to a service plan.

Just after 10PM on Thursday, APD Officers were dispatched to a restaurant on the 2800 block of Commercial Avenue. The caller said they heard people screaming at one another and there may be a fight going on. As officers approached the restaurant, there was an update that a small car was leaving the parking lot, and the officer that saw the car pulled it over on 29th Street to investigate. The driver, a 22-year-old man from La Conner, told police that the noise the caller heard was from a verbal argument amongst the vehicle occupants, but no fight occurred. There was a smell of alcohol coming from the car, so the officer asked the driver to step out so he could investigate. The driver later provided a breath sample as part of the investigation. The sample returned with a result of over twice the legal limit to legally drive a car, so the man was placed under arrest for DUI. The driver was later booked in jail for DUI because of a previous DUI arrest in 2016.