Briefly In Public Safety

January 20, 2011
  • SWAT team members, one aiming his rifle, try to talk a woman from her Ford Explorer that came to stop at Diamond St after leading police on a low-speed chase from Newport Beach and ended in Laguna Beach on Friday night. The woman, who refused to exit the vehicle and was thought to have a gun, exited the vehicle nearly three hours later peacefully.
SWAT team members, one aiming his rifle, try to talk a woman… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

SWAT incident ends in Laguna

Newport Beach's SWAT team used 40 mm rubber bullets to subdue a Bellflower woman who they said refused to obey officers' commands after a short vehicle pursuit Friday night that ended in Laguna Beach.

Kelly Sheree Taylor, 48, was arrested on suspicion of evading arrest and driving under the influence of drugs by Newport Beach police after she refused to stop and drove south, police said.

After police tried to stop her car in Newport Beach, she fled into Laguna and eventually stopped but did not respond when officers ordered her out of the car, police said. Officers were told Taylor may have been armed with a handgun and Newport Beach's SWAT team was deployed.

Officers used non-lethal rubber bullets to subdue her and take her into custody. Paramedics treated Taylor at the scene before her arrest, officials said.


Authorities had received 911 calls about a white SUV driving erratically without its headlights on at East Coast Highway and Cameo Shores at about 6:43 p.m. Police said Taylor was the driver. She's being held in Orange County Jail pending bail.

Spike strips were deployed at Diamond Street and Moss Street to attempt to stop the driver, according to Laguna Beach police files. Eleven people were evacuated from a sports facility during the incident. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Newport Beach police at (800) 550-NBPD.


Student suspected in marijuana sales

A Thurston Middle School student was transported to juvenile hall after he was suspected of selling marijuana on campus, according to Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Louise Callus.

School officials called police to the campus at 1:16 p.m. Jan. 12 after suspecting that marijuana sales were being transacted at the school.


Anti-skateboard signs stolen

Five signs promoting a ban on skateboarding in Laguna Beach were reported stolen at 11:53 a.m. Jan. 13 from private property, Callus said. The signs, valued at $35, were stolen from various locations.


Bar fight leads to arrest

A 24-year-old Laguna Beach man was arrested on suspicion of battery with great bodily injury after allegedly punching a man during a fight at a bar at 1:27 a.m. Sunday in the 700 block of South Coast Highway, Callus said.

Zamon A. Taher was accused of sucker-punching the victim, who fell to the ground and sustained a two-centimeter gash to the back of his head. The victim required 10 staples to treat the wound. Taher was held on $25,000 bail.


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