Motorist Bypasses Valet for Dramatic Entrance


How grand is the entrance to the Montage resort? Not wide enough for a BMW 325, which crashed through the front doors of the lobby and into a wall about 4:49 a.m. last Wednesday, May 21, and caused what police described as extensive damage.

The driver, Leilani Hughes, 51, of Orange, was charged with felony vandalism, suspicion of driving while under the influence and resisting arrest, Sgt. Louise Callus said.

Police initially took her to a hospital. When the medical staff prepared to release Hughes, she attempted to flee and had to be chased down by officers, Callus said.

Hotel spokeswoman Kacey Spies-Bruno characterized the damage as minimal. “We were back to normal operations within the hour,” she said. Hughes was not a guest of the resort, she said.

Monday, May 19

Vandalism. 3200 block of Alta Laguna Blvd. 7 a.m. Vandals marked up a sidewalk and city signs.

Traffic collision. Bluebird Canyon Dr. 7:55 a.m. Two passengers suffered minor injuries when a car turning left collided with a northbound vehicle.

Fight. 1200 block of S. Coast Hwy. 11:56 a.m. Robert Tobarro, 51, was arrested for four outstanding misdemeanor warrants from Santa Barbara.

Traffic stop. 200 block of Oak St. 4:22 p.m. Sean Stuart Alexander Burns, 21, of Fountain Valley, was arrested for suspicion of possessing 118 grams of marijuana and an Adderal pill without a prescription.

Tuesday, May 20

Animal calls. 100 block of S. La Senda Dr. 2:13 p.m. A garden snake was spotted in vegetation.

Suspicious vehicle. Coast Hwy. 5:53 p.m. Adalberto Perez, 29, of Ontario was arrested for suspicion of child endangerment. A small amount of meth fell out of Perez’s shorts when he exited the car. A 5-year-old son was a passenger. Bail was set at $100,000.

Traffic stop. Glenneyre St. 11:12 p.m. A 23-year-old Laguna Niguel man was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Wednesday, May 21

Traffic collision. Woodland Dr. 12:12 a.m. A 59-year-old Newport Beach woman suffered a head injury, a broken ankle and lacerations after colliding with a legally parked dump truck.

Traffic stop. 1200 block of N. Coast Hwy. 1:38 a.m. A 47-year-old was cited for a DUI.

Structure fire. 1300 block of S. Coast Hwy. 10 a.m. Employees evacuated a building where a short in an electrical panel sparked a fire.

Reckless driving. 200 block of Viejo St. 5:13 p.m. A 51-year-old Laguna Beach man was cited for DUI and held for $2,500 bail.

Thursday, May 22

Burglary. 1000 block of Park Ave. 10:33 p.m. Detectives are investigating the disappearance of jewelry and purses valued between $100,000 and $200,000. There were no signs of forced entry.

Friday, May 23

Traffic stop. Irvine Cove 7:24 a.m. A 35-year-old Newport Beach man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Fraud. 100 block of Cliff Dr. 11:11 a.m.A resident’s identity was used to open a Cox account.

Vehicle burglary. Cliff Dr. 12:07 a.m. A passenger window was smashed.

DUI. Coast Hwy 3:46 p.m. After receiving a report of an erratic driver, police arrested Anita Sankaran, 39, of Laguna Beach, for suspicion of DUI and child endangerment. Children ages 9, 6, and 4 were in the car. Bail was set at $100,000.

Saturday, May 24

Traffic stop. Oak St. 1:47 a.m. A 47-year-old Laguna Beach man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Warrant arrest. La Brea St. 2:22 a.m. A 17-year-old Irvine girl was arrested for a bench warrant and transported to Juvenile Hall.

Traffic stop. Legion St. 3 a.m. A week before her 24th birthday, an Aliso Viejo woman was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Traffic stop. 300 block of El Paseo 4 p.m. Alexis Alexander Espinoza, 27, of Whittier, was held for a DUI warrant and $50,000 bail.

Medical. 400 block of N. Coast Hwy. 4:37 p.m. A resident wearing a holstered 1911 U.S. Army issue Colt .45 stumbled, accidentally discharging the weapon that fired into his rear end.

Traffic collision. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 10:49 p.m. A motorist suffered minor injuries in a single car collision.

Loud party. Vista del Sol. 11:30 p.m. Seven male juveniles in two separate vehicles were stopped, but only a 17-year-old from Hollywood was cited for pot and under age liquor possession.

Sunday, May 25

Traffic stop. 200 block of Cliff Dr. A 29-year-old Dana Point man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Traffic collision. Coast Hwy. 2:28 p.m. A motorcyclist put his bike down to avoid a collision and suffered minor injuries.

Fire. 300 block of Cozumel 3:26 p.m. Wind blown clothes near a portable BBQ ignited and caused $5,000 in damage to an apartment.

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