Briefly In Public Safety

DUI patrols to ramp up for Labor Day

The Laguna Beach Police Department will step up its enforcement over Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2 to 5.

Extra officers will be patrolling the city in an effort to locate and clear DUI offenders off the road. In the past, these DUI saturation patrols have proven successful.

The police department hopes getting the word out about an increase in patrols will deter motorists from drinking and driving, Chief of Police Paul Workman said in a news release.

Police recommend the following tips to keep yourself and others safe over the holiday weekend:

•Plan out how you will get home before you head out for the night.

•Designate a sober driver.

•Call a taxi or use public transportation.

•Call 911 if you see a drunk driver on the road.

•Prevent your friends from driving if you see that they're impaired.

Funding for Labor Day weekend enforcement comes from a grant by the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Car crashes into Katsuya restaurant

A two-car crash took out a pillar at Katsuya in the 800 block of South Coast Highway at 9:12 a.m. Thursday.

A woman in a Ford camper was attempting to turn into the restaurant's driveway when she had to suddenly brake to allow a pedestrian to walk by.

A delivery truck rear-ended her when she stopped and pushed her into the restaurant.

No other structural damage was reported at Katsuya, and the drivers did not seek medical attention.


Caller doesn't like 'Rocky' noises

A person reported that "Rocky" theme music and punching bag noises repeatedly coming from a building at Brooks Street and Glenneyre Street at 12:35 p.m. Sunday.

The person told police the music and noise has been coming out of the same building for seven days.


Two report about threats between men

A person reported that a man was threatening to kill another man in the 300 block of Broadway at 12:44 p.m. Saturday.

The reporting person said he was asked to call police after a male was seen at the bus depot threatening another male. Police said that a festival driver reported the same thing.

Laguna Woods resident James Albert was arrested for public intoxication and put on $500 bail.


Alleged road rage incident reported

A woman reported a Nick Nolte look-alike was aggressively driving near Crown Valley and South Coast Highway at 9:11 a.m. Monday.

The woman reported that a middle-aged blond man, who allegedly looked like the actor, had "road rage" and was attempting to run her off the road. She said he also cut in front of her and slammed on his brakes, trying to provoke an accident.

— Kelly Parker and Joanna Clay

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