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Officers from Laguna Beach’s police department will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and drug-impaired drivers on Friday, April 18, from 6 p.m. until Saturday at 3 a.m. in areas where DUI collisions and arrests are frequent.

In the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed one life and resulted in 37 crashes that injured 52 people locally, said Lieutenant Jeff Calvert.

 Monday, April 7

Traffic collision. S. Coast Hwy. Two vehicles were involved in a rear-end collision near Center street.

Drunk driving. Laguna Ave. 6:25 p.m. After citizens reported an erratic driver, police stopped the driver and found he was experiencing a medical problem. No arrests were made.

Tuesday, April 8

Traffic collision. 31600 block Coast Hwy. 1:38 a.m. Katherine Louise Kell, 41, of Long Beach, was arrested for a $7,500 warrant for failing to appear for a suspended license citation. She and two men were escorted off the roof of a business.

Assault with a deadly weapon. 100 block of S. Coast Hwy. 8:37 a.m. Douglas Alan Frederes, 33, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of assault a day after a fight among a group of homeless people. Frederes allegedly struck a woman in the face with a whisky bottle and kicked a man in the face before fleeing the area. He changed his appearance by shaving his head and was arrested in the 500 block of N. Coast Highway on April 9.

Petty theft. 200 block of Forest Ave. 9:32 a.m. Gregory Hering, 63, of San Clemente, was arrested for suspicion of burglary after walking shoeless into a store, putting on a pair of $62 black canvas shoes and leaving. He told officers he needed shoes for a court appearance. Bail was set at $20,000.

Vandalism. 400 block of Anita St. 2:47 p.m. A homeowner claimed an $800 loss due to trees being cut on his property.

Vehicle burglary. High Dr. Items of undetermined value were discovered missing after a front passenger window was shattered.

Wednesday, April 9

Attempted burglary. 700 block of Griffith Way. 4:58 a.m. Two people were observed loitering near vehicles.

Suspicious person. 400 block of Cliff Dr. 6 p.m. A man who was seen trying to extract coins from meters was cited for pot possession.

Verbal threats. 800 Acapulco. 9 p.m. A 33-year-old Lake Forest man was arrested for two misdemeanors in the aftermath of a harassment report.

Thursday, April 10

Suspicious. 800 Acapulco St. 1:37 a.m. Police found Daniel Jones McDaniel Jr., 23, of Laguna Beach, on foot in the neighborhood following an argument where he allegedly made threats against a homeowner, who called police. He was arrested for suspicion of violating a restraining order and two $15,000 bench warrants

Traffic stop. Glenneyre St. 1:40 p.m. Joanna Marie Shoop, 22, of Laguna Hills, was arrested for suspicion of DUI, driving on a suspended license and obstructing officers after she attempted to flee on foot. An officer pulled her over after hearing a collision and observing her damaged car. Bail was set at $10,000.

Disturbance. 100 block of S Coast Hwy. Brian Schaar, 28, of Lake Forest, was arrested for suspicion of felony vandalism, violating parole and hate crimes. He told police he kicked in the grill of a vehicle occupied by three men of Middle Eastern descent and made disparaging remarks about their religion.

Friday, April 11

Traffic stop. Laguna Canyon Rd. 4 a.m. Jeffrey Gallagher, 50, was arrested for suspicion of felony drug possession. Bail was set at $20,000. Police requested medical aide in the jail for an ankle injury.

Burglary. 2200 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 10:09 a.m. About 2:30 a.m., two men were seen on video wearing masks and gloves and smashing a glass classroom door with a hammer. They made off with two 27-inch computers valued at $1,750, fleeing outbound in a white BMW.

Fraud. 300 Ocean Ave. 3:08 p.m. A customer paid for $1,125 worth of lingerie with a check on a closed account.

Probation search. 600 block of Thalia St. 9:29 p.m. Drew Michael Hakim, 29, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for allegedly possessing heroin and a syringe after detectives went to his home to conduct a probation search.

Attempted burglary. Eagle Rock. 9:49 p.m. Teens were seen trying doors of cars.

Foot patrol. 3200 block of Alta Laguna Blvd. 10:54 p.m. Five juveniles were detained.

Speed race. Aliso Circle. 11 p.m. A 39-year-old San Clemente man was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Saturday, April 12

Traffic stop. 200 block of Ocean Ave. 12:05 a.m. James Martyn Morris, 22, of Laguna Niguel, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to a prior conviction.

Traffic stop. 600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 1:41 a.m. Scott, 7/55, Laguna Niguel, DUI $2,500.

Fire. 900 block of Oriole Dr. 8 a.m. A fire is contained to a bed in a bedroom.

Burglary. 2300 block of S. Coast Hwy. 2:17 p.m. Two garages were broken into.

Petty theft. 200 block of Forest Ave. 2:29 p.m. Two young girls were detained for suspicion of shoplifting jewelry.

Sunday, April 13

Fraud report. 200 block of Forest Ave. 6:35 p.m. A merchant reported several customers attempting to pay for purchase with fake $100 bills.

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