Crackdown Planned on Holiday Drunk Driving


Laguna Beach police officers will deploy this Memorial Day weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers in saturation patrols beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 24.

Monday, May 12

Traffic stop. 20600 block of Laguna Canon Rd. 10:22 p.m. A 41-year-old woman of Costa Mesa, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to a prior conviction.

Tuesday, May 13

Theft. 1400 block of Bluebird Canyon Dr. 3:41 p.m. Golf clubs worth $1,800 were taken from an open garage.

Burglary. 500 block of S. Coast Hwy. 9:46 p.m. Someone broke a lock to steal $385 from a locked valet stand, the third theft in a week.

Wednesday, May 14

Hazardous condition. 400 block of Cliff Dr. 11:26 a.m. A gas leak in a laundry room forced the brief evacuation of four occupants.

Traffic stop. Vista del sol. 1:30 p.m. Edward Karcher, 55, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for an outstanding DUI warrant as well as a new charge, driving on a suspended license.

Traffic collision. 31400 block of Coast Hwy. 10:44 p.m. A pedestrian was knocked unconscious and suffered a broken leg and arm in an accident, which resulted in the road’s closure for 30 minutes. The injured person was transported to Mission Viejo. No further details were available.

Thursday, May 15

Burglary. 800 block of Diamond St. 8 a.m. A thief, who entered by cutting a screen door, took a laptop computer worth $1000.

Welfare check. 700 block of N. Coast Hwy. 1:37 p.m. Summer Rae Quam, 19, of Dana Point, was arrested for multiple charges after resisting arrest.

DUI. 2900 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 9:33 p.m. A 46-year-old man was arrested for DUI after running into a wall.

Friday, May 16

Domestic violence. 200 block of N. Coast Hwy. 12:01 a.m. Detectives will investigate the boyfriend of a woman allegedly held against her will for three days in a Laguna hotel. She sought aid at an ER for a swollen face, cuts and bruising.

Burglary. 3000 block of Mountain View Dr. 11:27 p.m. Jewelry worth $11,000 was stolen.

Assault with a deadly weapon. Eagle Rock way. 1:21 p.m. A driver fled from a parking officer, who had to step out of the way to avoid being hit.

DUI. N. Coast Hwy. 6:32 p.m. Michael Angel Vera, 32, of Anaheim, was arrested for suspicion of felony DUI with injuries after a three-car pile-up. A passenger of one of the involved vehicles suffered a concussion and a seizure.

Saturday, May 17

Vandalism. 100 block of S. Coast Hwy. 12:50 a.m. An intoxicated Camp Pendleton Marine broke a restaurant window and severed an artery, gushing a liter of blood across 175 feet of sidewalk before collapsing outside the theater. Friends and police provided first aid until medics arrived. While his friends offered restitution, the restaurant management declined and a criminal vandalism report was taken.

DUI. Beach St. 1:18 a.m. A 31-year-old Colorado man was cited for DUI.

Traffic stop. Laguna Canyon Rd. 2:39 p.m. Jessica Michelle Ready, 25, of Orange, was cited for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 due to a prior offense.

Vandalism. 3200 block of Tyrol Dr. 7 a.m. At least two vehicles were wrapped with toilet paper, mustard and rice.

Missing person. 31900 block Virginia Way. 11 a.m. A 17-year-old girl left a treatment facility in town and her whereabouts are unknown.

Suspicious person. 2900 Laguna Canyon Rd. 7:22 p.m. A transient with a pick ax was advised against walking in traffic.

Traffic collision. 1200 block of Park Ave. 9:35 p.m. A 16-year-old Laguna Beach boy who ran a vehicle into a tree was also arrested for cannabis possession.

Traffic stop. Third St. A 42-year-old Aliso Viejo man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Sunday, May 18

Burglary. 1900 block of S. Coast Hwy. 5:43 a.m. Robert Andrade, 44, and an unidentified companion were arrested for suspicion of burglary and possessing stolen property after allegedly breaking into a salon. A deputy located the fleeing vehicle, which contained the salon’s register and hair supplies.

Burglary. 400 block of Mermaid St. 2:44 p.m. Someone broke into storage unit by breaking the lock but nothing is missing.

Monday, May 19

Suicide. 2700 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 12:31 a.m. Police are investigating what they believe is an unintended death of a 32-year-old man by a handgun. “There is a belief that since the magazine was not in the gun, he did not think it would fire. Unfortunately it did,” said Sgt. Louis Callus. The .40 caliber Glock is not registered to anyone in the household.

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