An Anacortes police officer responded to a report Saturday, Dec. 1, that a seemingly intoxicated male had gotten out of his car at the Cap Sante lookout, drank a beer on the hood, did a little dancing, then got back into the car and drove down the hill. The first officer who met him driving down the hill attempted to speak with him as he passed by. Another officer activated his emergency lights as the car began driving recklessly down the hill and away from the patrol car.

The vehicle sped into a nearby apartment complex on T Avenue, and the driver emerged from his car and ran several feet, ignoring officer commands to stop. He was detained after a short foot pursuit.

The 32-year-old Mount Vernon man had empty beer bottles in his car. After roadside sobriety tests, he provided a breath sample that was nearly twice the legal limit to safely drive. He was taken to the police department for processing, then transported to jail for DUI, driving while license suspended and resisting arrest charges, as well as four warrants.

Sunday, Dec. 2

• Just after 1 a.m. Sunday, an officer pulled over a white van with expired registration on Highway 20 near Christianson Road. The 44-year-old La Conner woman driving the car said she did not have the required paperwork but thought her license was valid. It was not, so she was taken into custody for driving while license suspended and later released with a copy of her citation and expired registration ticket.

Monday, Dec. 3

• Hospital staff requested that an officer remove an intoxicated man from the facility Monday morning who was swearing and banging on the walls. Officers arrived to find the 47-year-old Spokane man asleep in a chair. A routine check on him revealed he was wanted by the Department of Corrections, so he was taken into custody and later transported to Mount Vernon so Corrections staff could take custody of him.

• A $150 tire was destroyed by a tool sometime Saturday night while parked in the southeast part of town. Though the damage appeared intentional, the owner did not have any idea who might be responsible.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

• A horse was reported loose Tuesday morning at H Avenue and 28th Street. The animal control officer found a brown horse standing outside a fenced pasture on H Avenue and with the help of a friendly passerby, was able to attach a lead rope and move the horse back into the pasture.

• A woman contacted police on Tuesday afternoon to report that the large dog she had recently adopted got out of her home, ran up the road and got into a scuffle with a smaller dog on a walk with its owner. The woman quickly regained control over her dog. The other dog owner confirmed that both he and his dog were uninjured.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

• Just before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, someone reported that a woman unknown to him was in his neighbor’s vehicle. The officer found the vehicle and observed a woman exit as he pulled up. When contacted, the woman said she was not doing anything wrong, just having a smoke in her friend’s pickup. A routine check, however, showed 36-year-old had two warrants for her arrest. While officers were on scene, the pickup’s owner arrived and confirmed that the woman had permission to be in the vehicle. The woman was taken to jail on her warrants.

• Mid-morning on Wednesday, an officer contacted the owner of a camper parked in the 2800 block of T Avenue about violating the city parking ordinance. While he was there, another man arrived who was later determined to have two misdemeanor warrants out of the Anacortes Municipal Court for driving while license suspended and trespassing. The 54-year-old was arrested and booked in the county jail on his warrants.

• Just before midnight Wednesday, a corporal on Highway 20 saw an SUV traveling about 40 mph in a 55 mph speed zone. A routine check showed the vehicle owner had a suspended driver’s license and a misdemeanor arrest warrant. The corporal pulled the SUV over at 22nd Street and Q Avenue. The 51-year-old Everson driver said he knew his license was suspended and that he was supposed to have an ignition interlock device, but did not. He was taken into custody on his warrant and later released with his paperwork and a citation for driving while license suspended and operating a vehicle without an interlock device.

Thursday, Dec. 6

• An Anacortes School District representative found a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia in a middle school student’s backpack when speaking with him about an unrelated matter. The school resource officer was asked to join the conversation, so the officer counseled the student about making better choices and referred possession of marijuana charges to the Skagit County Juvenile Court.

• A local man reported that his green ping-pong paddle case containing two paddles was missing. The man told police staff that he may have placed the item on top of his car after a local tournament, and it could be anywhere between Anacortes and Concrete. A check of lost and found property reports did not reveal anything matching the description.

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