Car Collides With an Apartment
An elderly driver escaped injury Friday, Aug. 16 despite having crashed her car onto the first floor of an apartment building at 235 Lower Cliff Dr. at 11:44 a.m., Laguna Beach police said.
It took authorities an hour to extract the driver, who had to be cut from the car because of extensive damage, said Capt. Jason Kravetz. It took two tow trucks to extract the vehicle, said Sgt. Louise Callus, which came to rest perpendicular to a street-level carport.
Preliminary investigation indicates that she possibly hit the gas instead of the brakes and went through the barrier, Kravetz said.
Monday, Aug. 12
Vandalism. 800 block of Gainsborough Dr. 8:42 a.m. Spray painting vandals caused $2,000 in damage.
Fraud. 1500 S. Coast Hwy. 9:10 a.m. A local resident was informed by a phone company that someone used his information to open an account in Florida.
Traffic collision. Cleo St. 10:18 a.m. A driver turning left collided with an oncoming car. She was transported for treatment due to complaint of pain. Two children in the car were uninjured.
Burglary. 32300 block of Coast Hwy. Someone broke into petty cash drawer over the weekend and took an envelope with $60.
Tuesday, Aug. 13
Traffic stop. 300 block of Forest Ave. 12:24 a.m. A 16-year-old Aliso Viejo boy was arrested for felony possession of cannabis, 5.48 grams, and misdemeanor alcohol possession.
Traffic stop. 30600 block of Coast Hwy. 9 a.m. A 48-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for an outstanding Harbor Court DUI warrant due to a missed court date. Bail was set at $15,000.
DUI. 30600 block of Coast Hwy. 8 p.m. After a witness reported an erratic driver, a 45-year-old Laguna Beach resident was arrested or DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Wednesday, Aug. 14
Vandalism. 600 block of S. Coast Hwy. 7:36 a.m. The owner of a car reported it was keyed in a parking lot.
Traffic stop. Coast Hwy. 2 p.m. A 36-year-old Ladera Ranch man was arrested for a vehicle code-violation warrant.
Traffic stop. Emerald bay. 5:30 p.m. A 21-year-old Newport Coast resident was arrested for an outstanding vandalism warrant. Bail was set at $25,000.
Warrant service. Pearl St. 6:34 p.m. A 23-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested for an outstanding battery warrant. Bail was set for $15,000.
Burglary. 100 block of San Tropez Ct. 10:08 p.m. An unknown person for the second time in two weeks attempted to break into a home through a back window.
Thursday, Aug. 15
Vandalism. 300 block of Cliff Dr. 1:21 a.m. Graffiti was reported in the wall of a men’s restroom.
Vandalism. 200 block of Forest Dr. 9:53 a.m. Graffiti was discovered spray-painted overnight in four different places.
Petty theft. 700 block of Ocean Front. 6 p.m. Credit cards stolen from a car were reported being used in Temecula.
Municipal violation. 1200 block of Coast Hwy. 6:24 p.m. Chinese lanterns are being released into the air with candles.
Hit and run. 31600 Coast Hwy. 8:47 p.m. Virginia Annette Armstrong, 50, of Laguna Beach was arrested for suspicion of DUI and hit and run after she allegedly rear-ended a vehicle near a restaurant and fled the scene.
DUI. Cress St. 9:43 p.m. After a woman was seen staggering to her car, a 45-year-old woman was arrested for DUI and held for $2500 bail. No city of residence was given.
Friday, Aug. 16
Stolen vehicle. 500 block of Forest Ave. 9:12 a.m. Mercedes left overnight on Glenneyre had vanished the next morning.
Traffic collision. Cut and rescue. 1900 Park Ave. 9:37 p.m. A 16-year-old passenger sustained minor injuries in a collision that closed Park Avenue for an hour and led to the arrest of Kevin Ortega Mendoza, 21, of Tustin, for suspicion of felony drunk driving causing injury. Bail was set at $100,000 bail. Another 17-year-old female passenger escaped injury.
Saturday, Aug. 17
Traffic stop. Anita St. 12:26 a.m. A 52-year-old Colorado man was arrested for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Suspicious. El Toro Rd. 12:26 a.m. A 42-year-old Mission Viejo was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Traffic collision with injuries. 700 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 10:23 a.m. A vehicle sideswiped a bicyclist, who was knocked from the bike. The cyclist suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital.
Traffic stop. Coast Hwy. 11:28 a.m. Miller Evan Garrett, 26, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for suspicion of possessing paraphernalia.
Traffic collision. Ocean Ave. 4:31 p.m. A vehicle traveling southbound at Coast Hwy struck a bicyclist, knocking him to the ground. The bicyclist received minor injuries and was transported to Mission Hospital.
Sunday, Aug. 18
Traffic stop. Irvine Cove. 1:50 a.m. a 25-year-old Bakersfield man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
DUI. S. Coast Hwy. 3:40 a.m. A 24-year-old Camarillo man was cited for DUI and held for $10,000 bail.
Vandalism. 900 block S. Coast Hwy. 6:33 a.m. Vandals broke a statue in front of a business.
Vehicle burglary. 1100 Miramar St. 12:59 p.m. An iPad was taken from unlocked vehicle.
Traffic collision. State Hwy. 1:34 p.m. A car whose driver held an international license collided with three vehicles and went off the road into dense brush. The driver escaped serious injury.