0612 police blotter

A 58-year-old Anacortes man faces a criminal charge of having physical control of a vehicle while under the influence.

Anacortes police officers received a report on June 3 of an erratically driven vehicle almost striking parked vehicles and bouncing off a curb on O Avenue. The first officer on the scene found the vehicle with a man asleep in the driver’s seat. The man was startled awake when the officer knocked on the window and, without responding to the officer’s questions, exited the vehicle and entered a nearby business. Officers arrested him and escorted him from the building.

A breath test showed his blood alcohol level was over the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle. He was released to a sober adult with a copy of his charging paperwork.

The Anacortes Police Department was dispatched to 143 calls from June 3-9. Here are some of the calls to which police responded since the beginning of the month.

Saturday, June 1

• A coordinator of the car show at the Anacortes Waterfront Festival reported an unlawfully parked vehicle situated a few feet from a no parking sign. The responding officer tried unsuccessfully to contact the vehicle’s owner, and the vehicle was towed.

• A woman called police to report an injured fawn in the road on Skyline Way. An officer responded and saw the fawn, but it ran into the woods as the officer approached.

Sunday, June 2

• A 37-year-old driver was arrested at 7 a.m. on M Avenue near 23rd Street for driving with license suspended. He was informed of his mandatory court date and released.

Monday, June 3

• More than $2,000 worth of construction materials and tools were stolen from construction sites in the area of Rock Ridge Parkway sometime over the weekend. The contractor walked the responding officer through several areas affected by the thefts.

• A boater called police to report malicious mischief. He said he had kept his boat overnight at a marina on Q Avenue a few days prior. When he took the boat out the following day, he switched fuel tanks midway through the trip and noticed that the motor wasn’t performing well. The man took the boat to a mechanic, who determined there was water in the fuel tank that someone may have intentionally put there.

• The animal control officer responded to an Anacortes business early Monday afternoon after someone reported what they thought was a koi fish hanging from a tree in the parking lot.

• An officer pulled over the driver of a minivan who failed to dim his lights late Monday night as the officer approached in his patrol car. The 42-year-old man from Sedro-Woolley said he drove with the high beams on because one main headlights does not work. A routine check revealed he had an arrest warrant for assault issued by Sedro-Woolley Municipal Court. He was arrested and booked in the county jail.

Tuesday, June 4

• An officer on patrol on Oakes Avenue at 1:30 a.m. pulled over the driver of a sedan with a non-working headlight. The 50-year-old driver’s license had been suspended. The driver told the officer he was just running an errand. He was taken into custody, cited and released.

• A grocery store employee contacted police just before 7 a.m. to report a man in a vehicle who had urinated in the store parking lot. Officers arrived and tried to speak with the man, but he initially refused to get out of his van. After officers convinced him to leave the vehicle, he arrested for obstructing. He was given an infraction for obstructing, handed a trespass notice and released at the scene after he was ordered to leave the business.

• An SUV struck the rear of a sedan at the intersection of 12th Street and M Avenue, causing reportable damage to the sedan. The SUV driver was given a ticket for following too close.

• A Whitney Elementary School substitute teacher’s vehicle sustained minor damage in a hit-and-run collision that occurred near the school. The vehicle sustained scuff marks and paint transfer to the front quarter panel that will cost about $100 to repair.

• A 19-year-old Mount Vernon woman was ticketed for failure to yield at Sharpes Corner, causing a collision with a sports car already in the roundabout. No one was injured.

• The owner of a pickup truck reported that the rear window of his vehicle was broken and several thousand dollars’ worth of camera equipment and jewelry was stolen sometime over the weekend while the truck was parked in the 1000 block of Q Avenue.

Wednesday, June 5

• A 27-year-old man was arrested before 9 a.m. in the 1000 block of 14th Street for driving with a suspended license and not having an ignition interlock on his car. He was arrested and later released with a copy of his citations.

Thursday, June 6

• Officers investigating a report of suspicious behavior on D Avenue saw a man on a bike matching the description of the suspect. The 28-year-old man was wanted on a warrant for driving while license suspended; he was transported to the police station, booked and released after agreeing to appear in court.

Friday, June 7

• Officers arrested a 33-year-old Anacortes man just after 3:30 a.m. for violating a no-contact order. Police spoke with a woman who said she has an order against her husband. She said he began calling her about an hour-and-a-half earlier and sent her text messages. Officers went to the man’s address and arrested him for violation of the court order. He was booked in county jail.

— Anacortes Police Department

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