An allegedly drunk driver collided with three other cars while leading police on a high-speed, nearly eight mile chase last Saturday, May 16, through downtown and Laguna Canyon.
Alan Terrazas, 41, of Aliso Viejo, only yielded to police after his own car was disabled when he rear-ended a car on El Toro Road, police Sgt. Tim Kleiser said.
Despite wrecking two other cars between Boat Canyon and Aliso Creek Road, there were no major injuries reported as a result of the pursuit although one of the traffic accident victims was transported to the hospital, Kleiser said.
Two six-pack carriers were found in the car driven by Terrazas, who was arrested for suspicion of felony evading, hit and run and DUI, Kleiser said.
An officer spotted Terrazas’ car near downtown about 4:40 p.m. and pursued it out the canyon, where it hit another vehicle near Sun Valley Road and reached speeds of 88 mph, Kleiser said.
CHP and sheriff’s deputies were notified of the vehicle heading their direction and six officers conducted a high-risk vehicle stop, Kleiser said, where weapons are drawn.
Police Roll Out Holiday Checkpoint
Police will be conducting a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint at an undisclosed location within the city limits and special patrols over Memorial Day weekend.
The checkpoint is set for Sunday, May 24, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. while patrols start Friday, May 22.
A checkpoint is effective at lowering DUI-related fatalities and injuries, Lt. Jeff Calvert said in a statement. If you are planning a party with alcohol included, plan ahead and designate a non-drinking sober driver, he said.
Monday, May 11
Burglary. 500 block of Through St. 8 a.m. Friends who stayed at the house took appliances and silverware valued at $3200
Fraud. 2500 block of Glenneyre St. 11:43 a.m. Someone charged $310 worth of merchandise without authorization to a credit card at a market in Trabuco Canyon.
Fraud. 1100 block of Miramar St. 3:25 p.m. Unauthorized credit cards with $26,347 in charges arrived.
Tuesday, May 12
Grand theft. S. Encino. 8 a.m. An 18 k gold and platinum wedding ring with an emerald valued at $29,700 was discovered missing last month.
Fraud report. 20300 Laguna Canyon Rd. 10:42 a.m. A resident discovered someone using his identity filed a federal tax return on his behalf.
Medical. 100 block of S. Coast hwy. 3:31 p.m. A 44-year-old man was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge.
Vehicle vs. bike. Aster St. 4:56 p.m. A cyclist suffered a non life-threatening injury when hit by a parked car that pulled out.
Wednesday, May 13
Pedestrian stop. 100 block of N. Coast Hey. 12:09 a.m. Brandon Colin Heath, 21, of Lake Elsinore, was arrested for two outstanding warrants.
Traffic stop. Coast/Catalina 12:26 p.m. Scott Lloyd, 40, of Upland, was arrested for suspicion of driving without insurance or a valid license and expired registration.
Domestic violence. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 7 p.m. A 53-year-old Laguna Beach woman was cited for domestic violence.
Thursday, May 14
Stolen vehicle. 31800 block of Coast Hwy. 9 a.m. A stolen 1997 Honda was recovered.
Pedestrian stop. 400 block of Cliff Dr. 9:19 a.m. Peter Fischer, 28, of San Bernardino, was arrested for a petty theft warrant.
Burglary. 900 block of Cliff Dr. 9:21 a.m. A handyman reported that someone’s attempt to gain entry was thwarted, but that they did make off with a kayak valued at $150.
Fraud. 900 block of Canyon View Dr. 3:23 p.m. A lender alerted a customer of someone attempting to open an account in their name.
Drug activity. 100 block of N. Coast Hwy. 6:32 p.m. After failing to yield to a pursuing officer, Alexander Connelly, 22, of Seal Beach, finally stopped at El Morro School and was arrested for suspicion of evading and transporting narcotics. A search allegedly turned up .03 grams of heroin.
Domestic violence. 20600 block of Laguna Canyon rd. 7:11 p.m. A 51-year-old man and 48-year-old woman were both arrested for misdemeanor domestic violence.
Friday, May 15
Traffic stop. 200 block of Thalia St. 1:35 a.m. A 33-yea-old Irvine man was cited for DUI.
Medical. Forest Ave. 1:26 p.m. Lisbeth Anne Giglio, 49, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for public intoxication and misdemeanor cruelty to children after medical personnel were summoned to help a fall victim. Her children, who were due to be released from school, were taken to the police station and released to another adult. Bail was set at $100,000.
Burglary. 200 block of Coast Hwy. 5:35 p.m. Taylor Seymour, 20, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of shoplifting a swimsuit.
Saturday, May 16
Drunk driving. Cleo St. 4:40 a.m. Jose Eduardo Pineda-Aviles, 23, of Anaheim, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and domestic violence. When the driver finally yielded to police, the officer observed blood spots and learned he had assaulted his passenger and taken the phone she had tried to use to summon help. Bail was set at $50,000.
Unknown trouble.. 200 block of Myrtle St. 4:24 p.m. A 37-year-old Laguna Beach woman was arrested for allegedly biting her boyfriend during an argument.
Vehicle burglary. N. Coast Hwy. 8:27 p.m. A rear window was smashed and luggage sifted.
Sunday, May 17
Traffic stop. 1000 block of Coast Hwy. 12:26 a.m. A 44-year-old Laguna Niguel woman was cited for DUI.
Traffic stop. 100 block of Cleo St. 1:12 a.m. A 37-year-old Lubbock, Tex., visitor was cited for DUI.
Traffic stop. 100 block of Cleo St. 2:13 a.m. A 21-year-old Aliso Viejo woman was cited for DUI.