The driver of a 14-foot truck ferrying landscaping waste down one of Laguna Beach’s steep hillside streets lost control and collided with four other vehicles, Tuesday, May 1, police reported.
The truck hit four other parked vehicles and a monument sign in the 200 block of Nyes Place, which was closed for two hours as authorities investigated the accident.
The driver and a passenger suffered minor injuries in the accident, caused by the driver breaking too hard with a heavily loaded truck, Sgt. James Cota said.
Police Arrest Suspect in Stabbing
A Texas man was arrested for suspicion of assault after he allegedly wielded a knife and slashed a patron in a fast food restaurant Saturday, April 28, police said.
A Jack-in-the-Box employee who pursued the fleeing suspect saw him enter a car and provided a description to police, who were able to locate the fleeing vehicle, Sgt. James Cota said. Police stopped the vehicle with Texas plates near Myrtle Street and North Coast Highway and the occupant matched the description provided by witnesses, Cota said.
A knife with blood residue and a handgun were located in the trunk of the car driven by Alan Warren Anderson, 59, of Kerrville, Tex. He was charged with felony assault and held for $25,000 bail.
Anderson allegedly answered a perceived insult by taking out a folding knife from a back pocket and lunging at the victim, who was with friends in the restaurant dining room, Cota said. The victim sustained an eight-inch superficial laceration to his torso, police said.
The suspect fled on foot, but was followed by an employee who observed Anderson enter a black Mercedes Benz with Texas license plates and drive north.
Cinco de Mayo Partyers Need Transit Plans
Those celebrating Cinco de Mayo need to have a safe and sober ride home as police will be deploying this weekend to stop and arrest alcohol and impaired drivers.
Patrols will deploy starting at 5 p.m. happy hour Saturday, May 5, and 3 a.m. Sunday morning in areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and or arrests.
Going out for a night of drinking without a plan for getting home safely is a recipe for disaster, Lt. Tim Kleiser said. “When you drive impaired, you run the risk of killing yourself or someone else. You will be looking at jail time and the average DUI costs about $10,000.”
Friday, April 27
Traffic stop. Broadway St. 3:52 a.m. Michael Allen Garcia, 39, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of felony evading police and wanton disregard for safety after a lengthy high speed freeway chase ending in Newport Beach. Police attempted to stop his swerving vehicle that instead fled outbound on Laguna Canyon Road to freeways. He ultimately halted at 17th Street on Newport Boulevard about 4:20 p.m. Garcia was not intoxicated or wanted for warrants, police said. “He just decided to cause a pursuit,” Cota said.
Wednesday, April 25
Disturbance. 100 block of S. Coast Hwy. 10:30 a.m. Brett Michael Bolin, 28, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of felony vandalism and held for $20,000 bail. Bolin was upset because someone took his belongings and admitted to cracking a concrete city trash can. A replacement can costs $500.
Petty theft. 100 block of N. Coast Hwy. 1:53 p.m. Police arrested Bradley Armes Eugene, 48, of Irvine, for a no-bail felony warrant after receiving a report about shoplifting.
Tuesday, April 24
Jerald Bruce Pollard, 31, of Irvine, was arrested for suspicion of exposing himself to a minor at Aliso Beach and suspicion of burglary. Police
contacted him in the 31000 block of Monterrey Street, allegedly still in possession of items taken from a home in the area.
Monday, April 23
Christopher Robert Seifert, 34, of Mission Viejo, was arrested for suspicion of felony cocaine sales.
Jesus Rosas, 37, of Santa Ana, was arrested for an outstanding warrant after police contacted him over a report about the theft of clothes from a laundromat.