Police Arrest Suspected Hit and Run Driver


A 42-year-old Aliso Viejo motorist, who allegedly fled after hitting a woman in a Laguna Beach crosswalk,  was arrested for suspicion of driving drunk and hit and run at least four miles away, police said.

Witnesses said Sherry Lynn Vialone did not stop after striking a pedestrian at Coast Highway and Brooks Street at 11:17 p.m. Friday, April 18, Sgt. Louise Callus said. The pedestrian suffered scrapes and bruises and complained of pain, Callus said.

Officers recovered a broken side mirror from the scene. Another officer monitoring Laguna Canyon pulled over a fast-moving vehicle fleeing outbound, which was missing its side mirror and driven by Vialone, Callus said. Bail was set at $100,000.

Speeding Driver Causes Pile-Up Near Emerald Bay

A Huntington Beach man who was driving northbound at a high rate of speed swerved around slowing cars near Emerald Bay’s main gate and into oncoming traffic on Wednesday, April 16, police said.

The motorist sideswiped a northbound car as well as a southbound SUV, whose passengers included a pregnant Aliso Viejo woman and three children under 4, Sgt. Louise Callus said.

The SUV driver suffered a cut to the arm, but no one else was injured, Callus said.

The roadway was partially closed for 45 minutes until 6:30 p.m.

Furtive Look Leads to Arrests

A driver who avoided eye contact with a passing officer and then slouched in his seat resulted in the arrests of three people for suspicion of cocaine and heroin possession on Tuesday, April 15, police said.

Nicholas Jackson Roberts, of Downey; Matthew Lawrence Kelley, of La Habra; and Betsy Lou Godinezvillagas, whose city of residence was unavailable, all 21, were held on felony drug possession charges and $20,000 bail, Sgt. Louise Callus said.

The officer pulled over the vehicle on Park Avenue without even turning on the lights and started an investigation since the car had expired tags, she said.

Tuesday, April 15

Fraud. 1000 block of Eastman Way. The victim received a thank you not for opening an account that she did not open.

Wednesday, April 16

Traffic stop. Chiquita St. 1 a.m. A 23-year-old Dana Point man was held for transportation of a controlled substance and held for $2500 bail.

Thursday, April 17

Traffic stop. Laguna Ave. 1:14 a.m. A 19-year-old Orange woman was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.

Disturbance. Broadway St. 10:20 a.m. Transient Phillip Isacc Caraveo, 37, was arrested for suspicion of making a verbal death threat against a couple near the bus depot. Caraveo was also charged with resisting arrest and violating parole. He was held without bail.

Domestic violence. 1300 block of N. Coast hwy. 4:46 p.m. Wade J. Kelley, 48, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of felony domestic violence after his fiancé reported an assault from the previous night. The woman’s injuries included bruising, cuts and swelling on the back of her head. Bail set at $50,000.

Friday, April 18

Suspicious circs. 600 block of Cliff Drive. 12:10 a.m. A horn honking incessantly led to the arrest of a 42-year-old Scottsdale man for DUI and $2500 bail.

Domestic violence. 9 a.m. Solana Drive. Investigators will follow up a report by a woman who said her ex-boyfriend slapped her the night before and abused her in five previous incidents.

Fraud. 500 block of Temple Hills Dr. 10:59 a.m. Someone attempted to make an unauthorized $25,000 transfer through a bank account.

Traffic collision. 400 block N. Coast Hwy. 4:58 p.m. A Coto de Caza bicyclist suffered minor injuries after colliding with a vehicle and was transported to Mission Hospital.

Bike stop. Sunset Terrace. Andrew Bruce Skinner, 51, of Laguna Beach, who was stopped for riding without a light, was arrested for suspicion of possessing 8.83 grams of cocaine. Bail was set at $20,000.

Saturday, April 19

Traffic stop. Bluebird Dr. 3 a.m. Jonathan Maxwell Brick, 24, of Dana Point, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 due to a prior offense.

Grand theft. 31900 block of 10th Ave. 11:34 a.m. A $2,500 bike and tools were taken from an unlocked garage.

Petty theft. 200 block of Forest Ave. 5:23 p.m. Two wetsuits were swiped from a store.

Sunday, April 20

Drunk driving. 6 p.m. Laguna Canyon Rd. Jessica Lauren Waldstein, 49, of Laguna Niguel, was arrested for suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $20,000.



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