a controlled substance after he reportedly crashed into a telephone
pole at about 2:19 p.m. in the 20600 block of Laguna Canyon Road,
Sgt. Jason Kravetz said. The force of the impact caused Spring's
Mercedes E-320 to roll over, and the car was seriously damaged. A
passenger, Thomas Zucchero, 44, suffered a concussion and multiple
lacerations on his head and body.
Spring told police he momentarily took his eyes off the road
before colliding into the pole, Kravetz said. Police found
methamphetamine in Spring's shoe and believe he was under the
influence of drugs. Zucchero, who was treated at Mission Hospital,
was arrested on warrants and taken to Orange County Jail after being
released from the hospital.
The second incident involved a series of collisions that happened
at about 4:24 p.m. Police first responded to a call that a Ford
Expedition hit a BMW that was parked by the city employee parking
lot, on Laguna Canyon Road near Forest Avenue, police said. The BMW
is owned by police. Sgt. Louise Callus.
The crash sheared the right front tire from the SUV but the
driver, 52-year-old Laguna Beach resident David Daniel Rivadeneyra,
was able to continue driving north on Laguna Canyon Road, before
causing another crash Kravetz said.
"He just plowed into the back of the last car, setting up a chain
reaction accident," Kravetz said.
Rivadeneyra rear-ended a 2002 Volvo S-40, injuring the driver,
42-year-old Laguna Beach resident Lisa Genesta, Kravetz said. Genesta
was treated at Mission Hospital for a broken jawbone, extensive
whiplash and mild concussion. The Volvo in turn hit a 2002 Ford
Taurus and a 2001 Mercedes S-55, no one in the last two cars was
Rivadeneyra was treated for bleeding on the brain at Mission
Hospital, though his injuries were very minor, Kravetz said. He was
arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run and felony driving under the
influence. Police believe he was drinking heavily before the crashes.
"He appeared to be very intoxicated," Kravetz said.
Police investigate alleged rape report
Police are investigating a report that a woman was raped by a man
she met at a local club.
The alleged victim, a 30-year-old Laguna Beach resident, reported
she was sexually assaulted on Sept. 4 by a man she met at the White
House, Sgt. Jason Kravetz said. The two walked to her home, where he
allegedly raped her.
The woman reported she had been drinking and was intoxicated at
the time of the alleged rape, police said. It is illegal to have sex
with someone who is not sober enough to consent.
The woman visited the Laguna Beach Community Clinic last Friday,
and a clinic employee called police after a medical examination. The
woman then made a report at the police station the same day.
Police would not comment on what evidence has been found in the
case and detectives have not yet contacted any suspects.
"We have to find the guy and interview him," Kravetz said.