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Alleged DUI driver involved in hit and run collision seen driving on wrong side of road

On Saturday, June 1, at 2:21 a.m., LBPD and LBFD personnel were dispatched to a report of a traffic collision involving a vehicle crashing into the Royal Hawaiian. 

As emergency personnel were enroute, the suspect, driving a black Toyota SUV, was seen leaving the scene, driving on the wrong side of the road. 

As officers approached Forest Avenue, the heavily damaged Toyota was seen driving directly at them in their lane of travel, according to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota. Fortunately, the Toyota was going slowly and swerved back into its lane to avoid a collision. 

“Officers initiated a traffic stop and the driver of the Toyota yielded by driving onto the sidewalk in front of 577 S Coast Hwy,” Sgt Cota sad. “The driver was immediately detained.”

According to Sgt Cota, the suspect did not claim any injuries, but was examined by paramedics as a precaution. 

“During the investigation, officers learned the that the Toyota was proceeding southbound when it struck a parked 1964 Chevrolet van. The van was propelled onto the sidewalk and came to rest approximately 70 feet away,” Sgt Cota said. “The van struck and damaged the metal patio fence of the Royal Hawaiian, but the building was not damaged.” 

The driver of the Toyota was identified as William Louis Alton, 54, from Carlsbad. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI and for hit and run.

Bail was set at $3,000.

Man caught stealing booze takes police on foot chase

On Tuesday, June 4, at 6:31 p.m., LBPD officers responded to CVS, at the 30800 block of S Coast Hwy, in reference to a male subject reportedly stealing liquor and placing it in his duffle bag. 

The suspect left the store and fled to a nearby white Honda with temporary plates. 

“The vehicle fled southbound on Coast Highway where an officer located it. An enforcement stop was conducted on a female driver and the suspect in the passenger seat,” Sgt Cota said. “The male suspect began reaching into his waistband and was fidgeting around in the vehicle. Additional officers were requested.” 

Once officers were attempting to get the passenger out of the vehicle, he chose to flee on foot. A short foot pursuit ensued and the suspect was apprehended. 

“A search of his person revealed a magnet device to remove the alarm scanner from alcohol and clothing,” Sgt Cota said. “The suspect was identified as 24-years-old Los Angeles resident Joe Medina.” 

Joe Perez Medina, 24, of Los Angeles, was arrested for resisting arrest, burglary, possession of burglary tools, and on an outstanding warrant out of Texas.

“The female driver fled the scene during the foot pursuit but she was later identified,” Sgt Cota said.

No bail was set.

Woman busted for drugs at gas station

On Friday, May 31, at 8:23 p.m., LBPD officers responded to the Mobil gas station, at the 100 block of N Coast Hwy, for the report of a possible drug transaction involving the female driver of a white Honda Accord.

“Officers located the Honda and conducted a traffic stop. Laguna Hills resident Heather Pflug was arrested,” Sgt Cota said. 

 Heather Tiffany Pflug, 43, of Laguna Hills, was arrested for possession of narcotics, possession of dangerous drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Bail was set at $1,500.

Concerned citizen turns in note threatening to kill cops

On Sunday, June 2, at 5:04 p.m., LBPD Officers responded to the lifeguard headquarters for a note that was turned in, which referenced a “cop killer.” 

According to Sgt Cota, the note said, “I’m a cop and I’m going to kill cops.”

It was unknown who wrote the note. But it was found by a concerned citizen in front of the Mobil gas station, at the 100 block of N Coast Hwy. LBPD Investigations Division was notified.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

-By Suzie Harrison