Police at a DUI checkpoint in North Laguna screened nearly 1,000 vehicles this past weekend, which resulted in seven arrests, including three drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Another 15 drivers were cited for license suspensions, four people were arrested on other criminal charges and 14 citations were issued, said a statement by Lieutenant Jeff Calvert.
The checkpoint was set up at North Coast Highway and Crescent Bay Drive after 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20. Over the next five hours, 990 vehicles were screened. A major purpose of the checkpoints is to serve as a deterrent on those who might drive drunk or drugged impaired, encouraging everyone to use sober designated drivers, Calvert said.
Monday, Dec. 15
Suspicious vehicle. 300 block of Canyon Acres 9:18 a.m. Joshua Jenkins Driggers, 31, of
Dana Point, was arrested for two felony bench warrants after officers were called about a possibly abandoned vehicle. Driggers, the car owner, met with police, who learned of the no-bail warrants for drug possession and burglary.
Burglary. 1100 block of S. Coast Hwy. 10:33 a.m. The theft of five feet of copper wiring valued at $500 was discovered.
Fraud report. 1000 block of N. Coast Hwy. 5 p.m. A wary shopkeeper, who received a $12,639 cashier’s check for an order to a Los Angeles address, checked with the bank and learned the check was fraudulent.
Tuesday, Dec. 16
Traffic stop. Seventh Ave. 1:26 a.m. A 26-year-old woman from St. Louis, Mo., was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Wednesday, Dec. 17
Child abuse. 400 block of Third St. 4:44 p.m. A report of lewd conduct with a child, which allegedly occurred in January, will be investigated locally. The report was taken by sheriff’s deputies.
Thursday, Dec. 18
Pedestrian stop. 200 block of Ocean Ave. Kevin Graham, 36, of Huntington Beach, was arrested for outstanding warrants.
Occupied vehicle. 200 block of N. Coast Hwy. 12:54 a.m. A 37-year-old Costa Mesa man was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.
Suspicious circs. 21600 Treetop Lane. Mail, some of it opened, from local residents was found dumped in the parking lot. Officers are returning it rather than booking it into evidence.
Medical. 100 block of N. Coast Hwy. 8:58 a.m. A cyclist biking south received minor abrasions to his face but denied medical aid after he collided with a side view mirror of a vehicle and was thrown from his bike.
Traffic collision. S. Coast Hwy. 12 p.m. A 59-year-old female pedestrian from Laguna Beach suffered abrasions on her foot and a minor head injury when struck by a vehicle that had overshot the intersection and backed up into the crosswalk. The pedestrian was transported to the hospital for treatment and the 53-year-old motorist from Dana Point was found at fault.
Vandalism. 600 block of Park Ave. 3:36 p.m. Gallon cans of white and tan paint were poured over a 30-foot area of a tennis court, which will cost $400 to clean up. Police suspect the paint was stolen from a nearby home.
Friday, Dec. 19
Petty theft. 200 block of Broadway St. 9:59 a.m. The theft of $400 worth of vitamins was reported.
Vandalism. 1300 block of S. Coast Highway. 10:43 a.m. Someone pushed two large pumpkins from their perch, the 31st incident of pumpkin vandalism at this location since 2007.
Fraud report. Carmel St. 10:16 a.m. A credit report revealed that someone had opened 10 accounts using purloined information about a resident, who was unaware of the activity.
Traffic stop. 300 block of Forest Ave. 10:38 p.m. A 27-year-old Newport woman was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Saturday, Dec. 20
Traffic stop. State Hwy 73. 2 a.m. A 26-year-old Irvine resident was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Traffic stop. S. Coast hwy. 2:57 a.m. Kraig Alixandrei Blue, 45, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving and felony battery after splashing a jailer with urine-filled toilet water. Cited for urinating on a parked vehicle, Blue was warned not to drive his car. He disregarded police, did not pull over for several blocks and was combative when he did.
Pedestrian stop. Broadway St. 10:59 a.m. Joshua Louis Oldham, 32, of Laguna Beach, was arrested after police learned he was wanted for a no-bail Louisiana warrant for terrorizing and improper telephone communications. A search also turned up a meth pipe and open liquor containers, for which he was cited.
Petty theft. 500 block of Allview Terrace. 11:46 a.m. vehicle was unlocked. A $980 Alexander McQueen purse and $500 car key fob were taken from an unlocked car.
Disorderly person. 14-04367. 32300 block of Coast hwy. 2 p.m. Tyler Jamer Cutler, 30, of Dana Point, was arrested for an outstanding felony drug possession warrant after officers responded to complaints about a disturbance. Bail was set at $25,000.
Medical. 20600 Laguna Canyon Rd. 4:46 p.m. The aggressor in a fight had fled by the time police arrived. The victim had been punched in the face and lost a tooth; he was transported to Mission Hospital for treatment.
Sunday, Dec. 21
Traffic stop. Mountain Rd. A 54-year-old Laguna Beach woman was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Traffic stop. 100 block of Anita St. 12:30 a.m. A 43-year-old Laguna Beach man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Traffic stop. Cleo St. 12:59 a.m. A 22-year-old Laguna Niguel woman was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Traffic stop. 200 block of Cress St. 1 a.m. A 23-year-old from Oxnard was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Traffic collision. S. Coast Hwy. 2:26 p.m. A driver failed to stop for traffic and rear-ended another vehicle. A 9-year-old in the vehicle that was struck received a minor head injury, which did not require a hospital visit.
Traffic stop. Coast Hwy. 3:40 p.m. Passenger Jaime Nichole Anti, 38, of San Juan Capistrano, was arrested on a misdemeanor bench warrant for drunk driving and Raymond Lloyd Cook, 44, of Lake Forest, was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving, possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription and driving on a suspended license.
Pedestrian stop. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 1:19 a.m. Christopher Wright, 45, of Laguna Beach, was arrested after he was found to have a $15,000 warrant for resisting arrest and drunk driving. Bail was set at $15,000.