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Driver falls asleep at the wheel, drives off cliff

On Wednesday, Feb 12, at 12:29 a.m., LBPD officers were dispatched to a traffic collision involving a single vehicle that drove off the roadway. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “Officers arrived in the area and spoke to the driver who told them he fell asleep while driving and drove off the road, over a cliff, and landed in some bushes near Vista Del Sol and S Coast Hwy. An officer located the vehicle a long way down the slope and buried in the bushes,”

Sgt Cota said, “The tow truck driver was unable to extricate the vehicle at that time of the evening because a crane was needed to lift the vehicle out and daylight would be useful.” 

The tow company was scheduled to return later in the morning to remove the vehicle.

Two coyotes sighted by LBPD at Brooks Street

Two coyotes, likely a mother coyote and her pup, ran past two LBPD police officers at approximately 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb 12. 

According to LBPD Civilian Services Administrator Jim Beres, “The officers were searching for a male subject they thought might be hiding in a vegetated area near Glenneyre Street and Brooks Street. While conducting the search for the male subject, the coyotes suddenly ran out from the vegetated area past the officers and ran up Brooks Street.” 

Beres said, “One of the coyotes did brush up against an officer’s leg, as it ran past the officer. The coyotes did not attack the officers and were likely startled as the officers were walking through the vegetated area at 3:30 a.m.” 

In an abundance of caution, Animal Services will be posting “Coyote Alert” signs in the vicinity of Glenneyre Street and Brooks Street. 

“Additionally, Animal Services will be conducting a Living with Wildlife community meeting somewhere on Brooks Street in the next week or two,” Beres said. 

-By Suzie Harrison


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