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Checkpoint Nabs Nearly a Score of Scofflaws

By Donna Furey | LB Indy

Over 1,500 vehicles were screened and three suspected drunk drivers arrested last Friday, Aug. 22, during a DUI checkpoint by Laguna Beach police near Irvine Cove.

In all 17 citations were issued including four for unlicensed vehicles or motorists during the 9 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. checkpoint, police said.

Sunday Aug. 17

Traffic Stop. Boat Canyon at N. Coast Hwy. 8: 15 a.m. An Anaheim resident was arrested for outstanding warrants.

Hit and run. 100 block Pitcairn Place. 12:50 p.m. After an argument with a person whose parked vehicle he hit while backing out of his driveway suspect leaves without giving insurance information.

Hit and run. 200 block Oak St.1:26 p.m. A 2006 Cadillac with Arizona plates hit a parked car and fled. The car was later found on Temple Hills Dr.

Fraud. 1200 block S. Coast Hwy. 4:26 p.m. An employee was terminated for allegedly embezzling money from a restaurant where she worked.

Traffic collision.  S. Coast Hwy. at Diamond St. 8:45. A 27-year-old Trabuco Canyon woman crossing South Coast Highway in a crosswalk was struck by a car driven by a 33-year-old Newport Beach motorist, who was turning at Diamond Street. The driver was not cited and the accident is under investigation.

Monday Aug. 18

Vandalism. 200 block Thalia St.  8:17 a.m. A man reported rocks being thrown through his window.

Traffic stop. 300 Block Third St. Suchitra Kalayasilpin, 64, of Laguna Niguel, was cited allegedly using false car registrations tabs.

Injury. Police and fire personnel responded to the 200 block of Park Avenue after a 72-year-old resident of Laguna Niguel hit her head on a dutch door left open near a restaurant.

Vandalism. Fourth Ave. at Jewel St. 6:18 p.m. Side of vehicle is keyed while parked overnight.

Traffic collision. 300 block Broadway. 7:36 p.m. A trolley was damaged when it collided with a Toyota Camry.

Tuesday Aug. 19

Traffic stop. Diamond St. at S. Coast Hwy.  11:25 a.m. Brandon Jonathan Lopez, 20, of Buena Park, was arrested for suspicion of failing to obey an officer’s order and driving on a suspended driver’s license.

Brandishing a firearm. S. Coast Hwy. at Main Beach  4:05 p.m. Filomeno Ruben Cordova, 37, of Lake Forest was arrested for suspicion of brandishing a firearm, resisting arrest and violation of probation.

Pedestrian stop.  Cleo St. Beach 6:02 p.m. A Yreka resident was arrested for previous warrants from Yreka.

Wednesday Aug. 20

Vehicle burglary. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park 12:14 p.m. No details were available

Fraud report. 300 blk. Broadway 4:22 p.m. A known suspect wrote a $3,200 check on a closed account.

DUI. 2300 block Laguna Canyon Rd.  6:22 p.m. A 56-year-old woman from Laguna Hills was arrested for driving under the influence.

Thursday Aug. 21

DUI. 800 block Balboa 2:52 p.m. Three males were arrested for drinking and throwing bottles out car window.

Traffic collision. 300 block Third St. 3:16 p.m. A bicyclist was hit and transported to the hospital. No further details were available.

Disturbance. Main Beach 6:08 p.m. A 53-year-old Oklahoma man was arrested in an argument over a bag.

Friday Aug. 22

A prowler is reported at 1:48 a.m. in the 2600 block of Solana Way.

Traffic stop. 200 block Forest 1:50 a.m. A 32-yr.-old Lake Forest man was arrested for DUI while is 28-year-old companion from Ladera Ranch was arrested for being drunk in public.

Petty theft.  300 block Broadway 8:38 p.m. An Iphone stolen from a coffee house customer was recovered and a 32-year-old Laguna Beach man was subsequently arrested.

Traffic Stop. Ruby St. 2:02 p.m. Robert Keith Lajoie, 51, of Whitewater, Calif. and Robert Scott Lajoie, 21, of Hawthorne, Calif. were arrested for possession of a controlled substance. They are father and son.

Saturday Aug. 23

Traffic stop. 3200 block Alta Laguna Blvd. 2:22 a.m. A 21 year old Laguna Beach resident is arrested for DUI.

Warrant service. South Coast Hwy. at Main Beach 10:18 a.m. A 37-year-old Laguna Beach resident is arrested for Harbor Court warrants.

Physical fight. 200 block Forest Ave. 12:21 p.m. A 29-year-old male Lake Forest resident is arrested for a probation violation.

Family disturbance.  2500 block Solano Way 2:34 a.m. A 47-year-old Laguna Beach resident was arrested for attempting to harm his son.

Injury collision. Solana Way at Coast Hwy. 3:03 a.m. A motorcycle rider sustained a minor leg injury.

Sunday Aug. 24

Occupied vehicle. 3200 block Alta Laguna Blvd. 11:47 p.m. A 22-year-old male of Huntington Beach is arrested for outstanding warrants.



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