Police Beat

An Anacortes man was jailed this week after a police officer discovered he had five arrest warrants on him.

Just before 4AM on the 13th, an APD Officer on patrol made contact with a man at a local gas station who was later determined to have 5 arrest warrants, including one for DUI. The 35-year-old Anacortes man was placed under arrest and searched. The search yielded some tin foil with drug residue. The man was booked in the Skagit County Community Justice Center on his warrants and a possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

Here are some other cases APD reported this week.

Friday, April 9, 2021

A rear-end crash involving two SUV’s on the 3400 block of Commercial Avenue resulted in no injuries, however, both cars sustained reportable damage. The at fault driver was ticketed for following too close and asserted that her foot slipped off the brake before colliding with the car in front of her.  

A local woman called police because several plant pots were stolen from her back yard over the course of several weeks. She was unable to ascertain who was responsible for the thefts.

An APD Officer responded to a two-car collision at 17th and Commercial just before 10PM on the 9th. There was a semi-truck and an SUV involved and the 36-year-old woman driving the SUV was determined to be at fault. Investigation revealed that the SUV was following the semi as it signaled a right turn from Commercial to 17th Street. The SUV drove into the path of the turning truck, causing a collision. No one was injured. The SUV driver had a suspended license and did not have insurance on her vehicle. The at-fault driver was cited for driving while license suspended and ticketed for failure to yield and no insurance.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Early evening on the 10th, an APD Officer pulled a sedan over on Christianson Road because the registration tabs were expired as of January. The 31-year-old Anacortes driver also had a suspended driver’s license and was arrested and cited on scene for driving while license suspended. She was later released.

An APD Officer on patrol late night on the 10th observed a sedan in front of him with registration tabs that expired over three years prior, so he pulled the car over. The driver, a 32-year-old from Sedro Woolley, had a suspended driver’s license and there was no ignition interlock device in place as required. The driver was taken into custody for both offenses and later released with the understanding that the licensed passenger would take over the responsibility of driving the car from the scene.

A 38-year-old man was arrested for driving while license suspended and no ignition interlock just before midnight on the 10th. An APD Corporal ran the plates of the station wagon the man was driving that revealed that he had a suspended license. The man was arrested and later released without incident and given a copy of his citations as well as a ticket for no insurance. The licensed passenger then drove the car from the scene.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Just after midnight on the morning of the 11th, an APD Officer spoke momentarily with a man sitting in a van with its motor running in the parking lot of a closed business on Christianson Road. The man did not seem interested in speaking with the officer and drove off southbound. The officer ran a routine check of the van’s registration and it came back as expired since December, so he caught up with the van and pulled it over. The driver, a 43-year-old La Conner man, said the van belonged to a family member so he was unaware of the expired tabs. The man had a suspended driver’s license, so he was taken into custody and searched incident to arrest. The search yielded a glass pipe with possible methamphetamine residue. The man was later released at the scene with a copy of his citations for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended.

Monday, April 12, 2021

A local woman called police to report an attempt to steal her identity. The woman said that an ID theft protection service notified her that someone attempted to use her identity to apply for unemployment benefits in another state. The attempt failed and all appropriate agencies were notified by the victim to mitigate future problems.

A licensed juvenile driver sustained minor injuries and her car was towed from the scene after her involvement in a two-car rear-end crash at 12th and D Avenue. The juvenile told police that the sun was in her eyes, so she failed to see the vehicle stopped in front of her at the intersection.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

A 27-year-old driver from Big Lake was pulled over just after 1AM on the 13th because the investigating officer discovered that the registered owner had a suspended license. The driver was able to provide valid insurance and registration documents, however, his license was not valid, so he was arrested and cited for driving while license suspended.

A local woman called police on the 13th to speak with an officer about a recent notification she received from her credit monitoring service. The monitoring service informed her that there were several unsuccessful attempts to open credit using her maiden name and the address used in the attempts was in California.

A resident from the 1200 block of 17th Street called police on the 13th to report that sometime since the day prior, someone stole a pressure washer from the bed of his pickup. There are no suspects.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

A 31-year-old Anacortes man was arrested just after midnight on Wednesday morning for driving while license suspended. The arresting officer recognized the man’s car and pulled it over on 12th Street. The driver was cited, then released at the scene.

An APD Officer went to the area of the Washington State Ferry Terminal mid-afternoon on Wednesday to find a wayward horse. The horse was nowhere to be found and people in the area said they did not see a horse on the loose.  

A drive-thru restaurant employee called police late night on the 14th because an older model sedan was backing up and moving forward while passing by the restaurant. The car was parked with the engine running when police arrived to speak with the 60-year-old Camano Island man behind the wheel. During a conversation with the driver, the investigating officer smelled alcohol coming from the man’s breath and noticed that his speech was slurred and his eyes bloodshot. The man provided a breath sample of approximately twice the legal limit to legally drive his car, so he was taken into custody for DUI and transported to APD to be processed. The man was later released to a sober friend.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

A local resident called an officer to report what they initially thought was a package theft. The package was later discovered on the neighbor’s front porch.

A sedan collided with the rear end of a stopped sedan at the intersection of Commercial and 22nd Street early afternoon on Thursday. The at-fault driver, an 18-year-old from Mount Vernon, said she was looking at her phone and did not see the car stop in front of her—she was ticketed for electronic device while driving. The driver of the second car sustained minor injuries and both cars sustained reportable damage.

Just before 11PM on Thursday, an APD Officer on patrol on R Avenue pulled a van over after discovering that the registered owner had a suspended license. The registered owner, a 57-year-old La Conner woman, was driving, and her suspended driving status was confirmed. She was arrested and cited for driving while license suspended. 

Friday, April 16, 2021

Someone called police on Friday to report damage to the signs at Cap Sante Lookout. There were initials spray-painted on the signs as well as holes in the plexiglass covering the signs. There are no suspects.

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72,640 Initial Doses Given

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