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Man arrested on suspicion of DUI after hitting a pedestrian

On Saturday, Nov 23, at 10:21 p.m., LBPD and LBFD personnel responded to South Coast Highway at Cleo Street for the report of a vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “Emergency personnel arrived and found that a Honda Civic was making a left turn onto South Coast Highway when it knocked over a pedestrian in a crosswalk.” 

The pedestrian, a 23-year-old resident of Mission Viejo, was transported to Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach for the complaint of pain and being unable to feel her leg. 

Sgt Cota said, “The driver of the Honda was identified as Lake Forest resident, Daniel Osorio, 36. He was arrested for felony DUI.”

Bail was set at $100,000.

Repeat offender sentenced to two years in prison

On Wednesday, Nov 20, Daniel Moretti was sentenced to two years in prison at OC Harbor Court. Per LBPD, Moretti, 40, has been arrested eight times in Laguna Beach in 2019.

According to LBPD Emergency Operations Coordinator Jordan Villwock, on Tuesday, July 2, LBPD officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Gaviota Drive for an alleged burglary in progress.

Villwock said, “When officers arrived, they found and contacted Daniel Moretti inside and he was subsequently arrested. It’s unknown how Moretti entered the home. However, he did [allegedly] steal a bottle of champagne, which he still had the cork to in his pants pocket.”

Moretti was arrested for alleged burglary.

Bail was set at $50,000.

Two days earlier on Sunday, June 30, at the 100 block of Cliff Drive, Moretti was arrested for alleged trespassing.

According to police records, it was reported that a male was walking by that appeared to be “casing the place.” The suspect appeared to be stopping and hiding in between parked cars as people passed him.

Bail was set at $500.

Two weeks prior, on Saturday, June 15, LBPD officers were conducting a foot patrol in the area of Marine Way. The officers were doing residence checks due to the recent burglaries in the area. 

According to Sgt Cota, “While checking a residence in the 1000 block of Marine Way, officers noticed a broken pane of glass on the upper portion of the side kitchen door. Officers made entry into the residence and eventually located a male subject in one of the upstairs bedrooms.” 

Sgt Cota said, “The subject was detained and later identified as Daniel Moretti. Moretti admitted to throwing a rock through the window in order to gain entry to the residence.” 

He was transported to LBPD for booking for alleged vandalism and trespassing.

Bail was set at $20,000.

A couple of weeks prior, on Friday, May 31, Moretti was also arrested for alleged trespassing, this time at the 100 block of Crescent Bay Drive.

LBPD officers were dispatched to a residence in reference to a trespassing investigation.

According to Sgt Cota, “A broken window was observed to the front of the residence. It was believed that there might possibly be a suspect still inside the residence. A perimeter was established and a canine from Newport Beach PD was requested. The interior was searched and no suspects were located.”

According to LBPD, property belonging to Moretti was located inside the residence and the reporting party also positively identified Moretti as the person observed entering the residence. 

Moretti was taken into custody for alleged trespassing and vandalism. 

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


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