An 18-year-old Anacortes woman reported at around 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 11 that another car ran her off the road on 32nd Street and she had walked home. Police found the woman’s car in a parking lot at Storvik Park and saw that it had extensive damage to the front passenger side.
They also saw a marijuana smoking pipe inside the car. Police then found tire tracks in the grass that led to a tree that was believed to have been struck.
The woman returned to the accident scene and an officer noticed she smelled of intoxicants and had watery, bloodshot eyes. The woman denied she had been drinking and said the marijuana pipe belonged to a friend.
The woman again confirmed she had been driving the car and she agreed to perform field sobriety tests in which she performed poorly. She was arrested on a charge of DUI.
She allegedly admitted she had a couple of beers earlier. She provided breath samples that were significantly over the legal limit. She was cited for DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Among the other 186 cases handled by Anacortes police during the previous week:
Friday, April 6
• An American flag was stolen off its pole outside a lodge in the 1000 block of Eighth Street. The rope used to raise the flag was also damaged during the theft and will need to be replaced. Estimated loss is $100.
• An employee of an assisted living facility in the 1100 block of 27th Street reported her wallet had been stolen out of her purse. The victim’s purse had been stored in a hallway that was accessible by numerous people. The wallet contained the victim’s debit card and about $30 in cash.
• A 32-year-old Anacortes area transient male who walked into the police department on an unrelated matter around 7:30 p.m. was arrested on a felony warrant that stemmed from previous charges of possession of illegal drugs and possession of stolen property. It had a $75,000 bail amount. The man was booked into jail.
Saturday, April 7
• An officer stopped a car in the 2200 block of Commercial Avenue for speeding about 1:30 a.m. The driver’s eyes were watery and droopy and he smelled strongly of intoxicants. The driver, a 23-year-old Anacortes man, told the officer he had “absolutely nothing” to drink.
The man consented to perform field sobriety tests as he again said he had not been drinking. The man failed the sobriety tests and was arrested on a charge of DUI.
He changed from being cooperative to verbally abusive toward the officer. During processing at the police station, the man provided breath samples that were almost twice the legal limit. He was cited for DUI and released to a sober friend.
• Officers contacted a 34-year-old man inside the post office around 6 a.m. after an employee reported the man was sleeping on the floor. The man’s belongings were also strewn about the floor. The man was a transient who had been previously warned about trespassing at the building and was later charged with criminal trespass in February.
The man said he knew he was not supposed to be camping out in the building. He was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass again and booked into jail.
• Police arrested a 45-year-old Anacortes woman who was walking on Sunset Avenue at around 11:30 p.m. after confirming that the woman had a warrant from a previous criminal trespass charge. Police searched a small bag the woman had wrapped around her wrist and found a baggy inside that contained several pills that the woman said was prescription methadone.
The woman could not provide any evidence of having a valid prescription for the pills and she was issued a criminal citation for possessing a drug without a prescription. She was released after the jail refused to accept her for booking on the warrant due to overcrowding.
• A 28-year-old La Conner man was arrested in the 1000 block of 26th Street at around 2:30 p.m. on a felony warrant for failing to appear for a drug court hearing. When the man was searched, police found a small baggy that contained a tar-like residue that the man confirmed was heroin residue.
The man claimed the baggy did not belong to him, but he would not elaborate further. He was issued a criminal citation for possession of drug paraphernalia prior to being booked into jail on the warrant.
• The wife of a 50-year-old Anacortes man reported her husband was not following his doctor’s advice after a recent surgery and was drinking a beer and smoking a cigarette. While the man was possibly showing poor judgment, the woman was told it was not a criminal matter.
Sunday, April 8
• A woman who was smoking in the parking lot outside her apartment in the 1100 block of 27th Court reported she forgot her purse outside when she re-entered her apartment. When she went to retrieve her purse about two minutes later, it was gone. The purse contained the woman’s identification, Social Security card, and several prescription pills.
Monday, April 9
• A Fidalgo Island girl had her $200 iPod stolen from the girls’ locker room while she was at swimming practice at Fidalgo Pool.
Tuesday, April 10
• An employee conducting inventory at a hardware store in the 1700 block of Q Avenue discovered the business was missing a $260 Craftsman brand push lawn mower.
Other employees confirmed they had not sold the mower and when they checked surveillance video they discovered the mower had been stolen from where it had been on display in front of the store.
The video showed an unknown white male taking the mower and loading it into a blue passenger car that then drove away. Police are trying to identify the suspect.
• Loose change was reported stolen out of an unlocked car parked in the 1600 block of Georgia Place.
• A $25 red scooter with a lightning bolt on the foot board was stolen from the front porch of an apartment in the 800 block of 30th Street.
• A 39-year-old man was issued a court summons for domestic violence assault after he allegedly pushed his wife to the ground at their apartment around 9:30 p.m.
The man was reportedly intoxicated and got mad because a family member poured out his beer. The wife said she intervened on behalf of the family member and her husband reacted by shoving her to the floor. The man fled before officers arrived and police were unable to find him that night.
• Witnesses reported a possibly intoxicated driver left a casino possibly en route to Anacortes around 10:15 p.m. An officer found the vehicle traveling on 32nd Street and saw it cross over the center line a few times.
The officer stopped the pickup in the 1600 block of 32nd Street. When asked for his insurance and registration information, the driver, a 30-year-old Anacortes man, handed the officer a credit card application. The man smelled strongly of intoxicants and had droopy, bloodshot eyes.
During field sobriety tests, the man commented “that one was bad” and “that one was off a bit.” After failing the tests, the man was arrested on a charge of DUI. He provided breath samples that were more than three times the legal limit. He was cited for DUI and released to a sober friend.
Wednesday, April 11
• An Anacortes man leaving a bar in the 1900 block of Commercial Avenue about 12:45 a.m. discovered his car had been hit while parked in the lot behind the bar. The vehicle had fresh scratches on the driver’s side and white-colored paint was on the damaged area.
The victim told police he remembered a white car had been parked next to his, but that he didn’t know the make or model. The suspect is unknown at this time.
Thursday, April 12
• An employee of a grocery store in the 900 block of 11th Street reported about 9 a.m. that a man had just fled the store after being asked in a checkout line if he was going to purchase anything.
Police had previously issued a trespass warning to the man barring him from the store as he had been annoying and harassing customers. The man showed up at the Municipal Court building a short time later for a court appearance on another criminal trespass charge. The 34-year-old man was arrested on the new criminal trespass offense and booked into jail.
• A 40-year-old Fidalgo Island man was arrested while at Anacortes Municipal Court on a warrant out of Skagit District Court for a previous DUI charge. He was booked into jail.
• Police were advised about 3:30 p.m. that a 22-year-old woman was at an apartment in violation of a no-contact order that prohibited her from having contact with her 1-year-old child who was also present. Police contacted the woman, who had come to the apartment to pick up the child.
Police confirmed the woman had been served with the court order and that she also had a warrant out of Whatcom County for previous charges of domestic violence assault and minor in possession. The woman was arrested and booked into jail on a new charge of violation of the no-contact order as well as the warrant.
• The renter of a boathouse at a marina in the 3000 block of Oakes Avenue reported the boathouse had been burglarized. The victim arrived to work on his boat and discovered many of his tools were missing. Items stolen included a table saw and stand, a miter saw, a dual tank framing compressor and a 3500-kw generator. Estimated loss is more than $3,200.
The victim provided the name of a possible suspect. The investigation continues.
Friday, April 13
• Police booked a 45-year-old Oak Harbor man into jail on investigation of burglary charges after he was found hiding at a vacated sawmill in the 9600 block of South March’s Point Road.
An officer on nighttime patrol found an unoccupied pickup parked at the mill with the engine still warm. The officer checked further and found a door to an outbuilding had been forced open. A K-9 unit from a neighboring agency arrived and found the man hiding in some blackberry bushes near the outbuilding. The man’s pickup was impounded so it could be searched later. The investigation continues.
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