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Vodka-fueled threats and racial slurs land man in jail for 5th time

On Friday, Nov 23, at 3:37 p.m., LBPD officers contacted known homeless subject Braden Bolton, who was reported to be highly intoxicated carrying a bottle of vodka, at S Coast Hwy and Forest Ave. According to reports, Bolton had no shirt on and was provoking fights.

Police Files Braden Bolton“Upon contact with Bolton, he called the officers the “N” word and threatened to assault them. Bolton has had numerous contacts with LBPD over the years,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “Bolton was taken into custody for public intoxication but resisted to walk to the police vehicle. He continued with the threats, insults, profanity, and racial slurs.”

According to police logs, he was saying, “You don’t want to mess with me,” as he “threatened people with a bottle of Absolute Vodka.” LBPD received several calls reporting the incident.

Braden Elliot Bolton, 34, of Laguna Beach, was arrested for disorderly conduct related to alcohol. He was transported to OCJ in lieu of the LBPD jail. 

According to Stu News Laguna records, this is Bolton’s fifth arrest with LBPD in eight months.

Bail was set at $500.

7-person rescue at Sleepy Hollow Beach, swimmers caught in riptide

On Friday, Nov 23, at 12:31 p.m., at the 600 block of Sleepy Hollow Lane, Marine Safety received a 911 call for six people caught in a rip current approximately 100 yards off shore at Sleepy Hollow Beach. They were described as male adults.

“For us it’s a multiple person rescue, so we sent two of our lifeguard units to Sleepy Hollow to make the rescue. When we got on scene, we found that the number was actually seven people,” LBPD Marine Safety Capt Kai Bond said. “We had four lifeguards swim out and rescue the seven people from the rip current and bring them into shore.”

Marine Safety considers a rescue to be a multiple rescue when it involves more than one person.

“Multi-victim rescues can happen often, especially when there is large surf and the rip currents are strong,” Capt Bond said. “On Friday, the surf was 2 to 4-feet; it was green flag conditions. But we did have some significant west wind, which tends to push people down the beach, when they swim offshore. They happened to get into a rip current.”

It’s always a good idea to be aware of the conditions when swimming in the ocean.

“The first thing someone can do to be safe is to swim in front of an open lifeguard tower. Then they can get the most updated information on where those rip currents are from the tower lifeguard. That’s the most important thing,” Capt Bond said.

But as far as identifying a rip current, look for brown discolored water that is forming and going out to sea. Sometimes it’s easy to identify, while other times it’s difficult.

“If you’re in the water and you feel like you’re getting pulled out, you could possibly be in a rip current,” Capt Bond said.

If you get caught in a rip current, Capt Bond offers the following key advice:

“The best thing you can do is swim parallel to shore until you’re out of the rip current,” Capt Bond said. “And if you’re in a situation where you’re in need of a rescue, raise your hand and call for help.” 

Rip currents occur on a daily basis in varied conditions, so there could be a small wave day where there are a lot of rip currents. That’s not abnormal. Typically during yellow flag days and red flag days, there are usually more large, identifiable rip currents. Rip currents can occur on green flag days as well, as it was on Friday, when the multiple-erson rescue took place. 

“None of the victims taken out of the water needed medical aid,” Capt Bond said. “So that’s the good news.”