Police Files

High-risk car chase though Laguna ends in Newport

A high-risk vehicle pursuit than started in Laguna Beach shortly after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, ended several hours later with the suspect’s capture in Newport Beach near Fashion Island.

At approximately 3 p.m., Richard Bloustine, who was suspected of fraudulent activity and had a no-bail warrant for his arrest, was seen driving a silver Mercedes westbound in the 200 block of Ocean Avenue. 

“LBPD officers attempted to stop him at Broadway Street and Coast Highway. Bloustine did not yield and shortly after, were in pursuit,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “The pursuit weaved through the downtown area and went northbound on North Coast Highway. At Beverly Street, Bloustine made a U-turn and continued southbound on North Coast Highway. The pursuit continued southbound into Dana Point at which time the OCSD helicopter ‘Duke’ arrived to assist.” 

Police Files Richard Bloustine

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Richard Bloustine

The pursuit continued onto the N/B SR-73 where CHP arrived to assist and took over. All LBPD police units cancelled their involvement in the pursuit at this point.

“One LBPD officer was assigned to trail the pursuit, so he could be at the conclusion because it was LBPD’s investigation and subsequent arrest,” Sgt Cota said. “Throughout the pursuit, Bloustine was on the phone with various agencies claiming he had a gun and would shoot officers or that officers would have to shoot him.” 

According to NBPD PIO Heather Rangel, “At 4:01 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department entered into the pursuit at the request of pursuing units as the suspect entered into Newport Beach. As the suspect continued to evade pursuing police cars, the suspect was on the phone with NBPD Dispatch.”

The pursuit ended and turned into a standoff in Newport Beach after suspect brought his vehicle to a stop in the 1441 Avocado Dr parking lot.

“Although initially not compliant with officer’s orders to exit the vehicle, the suspect spoke with the Newport Beach Police Department Crisis Negotiation Team by phone,” Rangel said. “Through telephonic communication, the Crisis Negotiation Team was able to get the suspect to exit his vehicle and surrender to NBPD.”

At 4:57 p.m., Bloustine gave up and was taken into custody by NBPD and OCSD. LBPD officers took custody of Richard Scott Bloustine, a 53-year-old Newport Beach resident, and transported him to LBPD where he was booked and later transported to OC Jail. No weapons or contraband were found in Bloustine’s vehicle.

In February of 2016, Bloustine was sentenced to seven years in prison after writing more than $200,000 in bad checks. His sentence included an order by the Orange County District Attorney to pay restitution to victims and attached a fine of $444,000.

His bounced checks included one for $15,000 to a Laguna Beach car dealer, a $32,000 check for the lease on a house, $13,000 to furnish that residence and $80,000 for dental work that he received in Newport Beach.

According to the District Attorney, Bloustine has more than a dozen fraud-related misdemeanor and felony convictions in Orange County.

His record also includes previous arrests and convictions in Arizona, Santa Barbara County and Hawaii for fraud related incidents.

 “The Laguna Beach Police Department is pleased with the outcome of the arrest and glad it ended peacefully. A tremendous thanks to our law enforcement partners over at Newport Beach PD, Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD), and the California Highway Patrol (CHP), for their continued partnership,” Sgt Cota said. “Mr. Bloustine is someone who needed to be in custody and at the end of the day, community safety is everything to us.”

Offensive racial language tagged on local’s wall

On Sunday, April 28, at 10:51 a.m., at the 800 block of High Drive, a local resident contacted LBPD in reference to graffiti that was spray-painted on his block wall that faces Coast Highway.

According to Sgt Cota, “An unknown person wrote ‘Jews are asois’ with a black sharpie pen on the wall. The writing was 2x2 inches.” 

According to Sgt Cota, the caller told LBPD he would repair the graffiti himself since it was on his property.

Suspected drunk motorcyclist hits parked car and ends up in hospital

On Wednesday, May 1, at 11:52 a.m., LBPD officers responded with LBFD to an injury traffic collision involving a motorcyclist at Upland Road and Glenneyre Street. 

“The motorcycle rider, was riding eastbound uphill and due to the steep incline and intoxication level was unable to negotiate his acceleration properly and fell over. When he fell over, he struck a parked vehicle, his chin, and his wrist,” Sgt Cota said. “He sustained a broken wrist, laceration to his chin, and there was minor damage to the parked vehicle.” 

The motorcyclist was subsequently arrested on suspicion of DUI and treated at the hospital.