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Rollover crash on Wednesday lands driver in hospital

On Wednesday, July 31, at 8:55 a.m., LBPD officers and LBFD responded to a rollover traffic collision at South Coast Highway and West Street. 

According to LBPD, a BMW X5 was involved in a possible road rage incident and speeding northbound on South Coast Highway.

 “The BMW reportedly drove in the two-way left turn lane before quickly turning back into the northbound lanes and colliding with a Nissan Sentra,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “The BMW flipped over during the collision and came to rest on its roof.” 

LBFD engineer paramedic Pat Cary said LBFD received a report of an overturned vehicle with occupants trapped.

“Engine 4 arrived on scene with Laguna Beach Battalion 2 and we found an overturned BMW with one occupant attempting to crawl out the side window,” Cary said. 

The driver of the BMW was able to exit through the passenger side door with minor injuries.

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BMW flips over during traffic collision

“The patient was a male in his 50s. He had lacerations to his arms and small abrasions to his legs and feet. He was alert and oriented and he self-extricated,” Cary said. “The patient was wearing his seatbelt. Airbags were deployed.”

The patient was assessed by LB paramedics on Engine 4 and due to the mechanism of injury (rollover) and some of his injuries, he was transported to the hospital.

“It was deemed appropriate to transfer him to Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo, which is a trauma center,” Cary said.

The driver of the Nissan was reportedly uninjured. 

Sgt Cota said, “South Coast Highway was shut down to one lane in each direction. All lanes were reopened at 10 a.m.”

LBPD helps residents with two fraud scams

On Wednesday, July 31, at 1:30 p.m., an LBPD officer was dispatched to a residence in the 1400 block of Coral Drive for a fraud report. The victim had been called from someone claiming to work for Apple. 

“The victim was tricked into providing the suspect with access to their computer and bank information. The suspect stole $500 from the victim’s bank account online,” Sgt Cota said. 

A report was taken to document the incident and the officer also forwarded the information to the FBI.

Also, on Wednesday, at 2:25 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the LBPD front counter for a fraud report. The victim had been called by someone claiming to be his grandson. 

“The caller told the victim that he had been involved in a traffic collision and had been arrested. The suspect talked the victim into sending $9,800 cash to an address in Florida for ‘bail,’” Sgt Cota said. “After they received the money, they stated the victim needed to send $17,000 for surgery expenses.” 

The victim sent $17,000 cash to an address in New Jersey. 

“While the package was on the way, the victim received a phone call from their grandson and realized it was a scam,” Sgt Cota said.

 The victim was able to cancel the shipment and the money was returned. A report was taken.

Man who allegedly threw heroin out of his vehicle window arrested on myriad charges

On Tuesday, July 30, at 12:04 a.m., at South Coast Highway and St Ann’s Drive, LBPD officers made a traffic stop and watched as the driver threw something out the passenger side window. 

According to Sgt Cota, “Officers recovered a small foil ball containing heroin. Mission Viejo resident Timothy David Bonner, 38, was subsequently arrested for possession of narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license, and a probation violation.” 

A probation hold was granted and he was transported to OC Jail.

No bail was set.

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