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Man hits three parked cars, light pole and fire hydrant in cut & rescue in the canyon, DUI suspected

On Tuesday, Dec 18, at 3:55 a.m., LBPD officers responded to a traffic collision on Laguna Canyon Road at Big Bend. The traffic collision was a single vehicle rollover, cut and rescue, with the driver trapped in the vehicle. 

“Officers arrived on scene and attempted to pull the driver, later identified as Anaheim resident Tyler Tripp, from the vehicle, but the damage was too extensive. LBFD arrived on scene and began rescue efforts to extricate Tripp from the vehicle,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. 

The outbound lane was closed for approximately one hour, but due to the early morning hour, traffic was not a factor. 

“Tripp was eventually rescued from the vehicle and transported to Mission Hospital, Mission Viejo. Prior to being transported, Tripp submitted to a Preliminary Alcohol Screening test and his BAC exceeded .08 percent,” Sgt Cota said. “Tripp was ultimately arrested for DUI.” 

The collision involved Tripp’s vehicle, three parked vehicles, a light pole, and a fire hydrant, according to Sgt Cota. Edison and the Water Department arrived on scene to make the necessary repairs. Fortunately, the fire hydrant capped itself upon being sheared off and no flooding or water damage occurred as a result of the collision. 

Tripp was released from the hospital later in the day after receiving medical treatment.

Tyler Mitchell Tripp, 23, of Anaheim was arrested on suspicion of DUI, his first.

Bail was set at $2,500.

Man asleep at the wheel of idling car wakes up to a DUI arrest, charges for cocaine and loaded Glock 

On Sunday, Dec 16, at 8:34 a.m., LBPD officers responded to the Laguna Drug parking lot, at 239 Broadway St, to check on the welfare of a man reportedly passed out inside of a black Toyota RAV 4. 

According to police reports, the man was “slumped over the wheel and the vehicle [was] idling.” The reporting person knocked on the window and the subject didn’t respond.

“The male was identified as Mission Viejo resident Charles Furis. It was determined he was under the influence of alcohol and a stimulant,” Sgt Cota said. “He was subsequently arrested for DUI. A loaded Glock handgun and cocaine were located inside the vehicle.” 

Charles Alexander Furis, 31, Mission Viejo, was arrested on suspicion of DUI, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded gun. According to Sgt Cota, booking information shows he is employed by Whittier Hospital doing lab work.

Bail was set at $3,500.

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