Briefly In Public Safety

June 02, 2011

Arrests, citations increase this year

Last week saw a spike in alcohol-related citations and arrests, as well as an increase in traffic collisions and hit-and-runs, according to Laguna Beach police.

There were 988 calls for officers and service this year from May 24 to Monday, 59 more than 2010.

Total arrests nearly tripled compared to last year with 73 arrests versus only 28 in 2010.

Public intoxication arrests doubled, from three in 2010 to six this year, as well as hit-and-run collisions, going from four to nine. Drunk driving arrests only slightly increased from 11 to 13.


Reported traffic collisions went from 13 to 22 this year, nearly twice as much as last year's holiday week. Similarly, alcohol-related citations went up from seven to 12.

Police wrote 96 reports this year, 17 more than last year. Citations — traffic and municipal — went up from 136 in 2010 to 167 this year.

The Police Department had three additional DUI units assigned to saturation patrol this year, Sgt. Louise Callus said.

Marine Safety reported close to 80,000 people at the beaches this year, which they say are always packed every year, regardless of the weather or surf conditions.

Chief of Marine Safety Kevin Snow said lifeguards didn't find this year much different from 2010 with the exception of medical aids and rescues. Medical aids were cut in half, going from 100 over the three-day weekend last year to 53 this past weekend. There were only three rescues last year compared to 23 rescues this year.

In addition, there were three boat rescues, two missing children and one mutual aid response for the drowning and boat accident in Dana Point off Strand Beach.


Hotel ejects possibly armed guest

A female employee at the Surf & Sand Hotel called police to report a suspicious male guest, possibly carrying a gun, at 10:30 p.m. Friday.

The woman reported that she had bumped into the guest and he responded, "What's the difference between you and me is that I have a 9mm."

There was no report taken, but he was asked to leave the premises per the hotel's request. Authorities did not find a gun.


Hit-and-run at Mountain Road

A suspected drunk driver struck a tree and building after jumping a curb in the 200 block of Mountain Road at 8:51 p.m. Monday.

The driver fled the scene with the vehicle. The traffic collision damaged the transmission and engine, causing it to leak fluids. Officers followed the trail, leading them to the man's home in the 1100 block of Skyline.

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