Police Files

Suspected DUI driver arrested following high-risk pursuit in the canyon

On Sunday, Feb 10, at 2:52 a.m., an LBPD officer was in the canyon near the dog park when she began to follow a possible DUI driver driving a 2014 BMW 535i outbound on Laguna Canyon Road.

“The officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the vehicle near the 73 Toll Road. The vehicle did not yield or react in any way,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “The officer went in pursuit of the vehicle. After a short distance, the vehicle yielded. A high-risk vehicle stop was initiated and the driver was ultimately detained.”

A DUI investigation was conducted and the driver was identified. Joseph Paul Digiulio, 23, of Newport Beach, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Bail was set at $2,500.

Heavy rain a real downer for trees

The deluge of rain and high wind over the past few weeks has been a real downer for trees in Laguna Beach, literally, with reports of downed trees. Sadly, the saga continues with two more logged into the LBPD police logs. 

On Saturday, Feb 9, at 11:04 a.m., at the 700 block of Wilson Street, LBPD received a report referencing a tree falling on electrical wires. According to police records, the tree in the backyard had fallen into wires and the wires were hanging low. Edison was called.

Later that same day, at 3:01 p.m., LBPD received a report in reference to a fallen tree biting the dust at the 600 block of Cliff Drive. According to police records, “the large tree fell onto the walkway, blocking the stairs.” No one was injured and LBPD called Public Works. According to police logs, a tree cutting service was enroute to cut the tree down. Public Works remained on scene until the service arrived.

Looking ahead – it seems more rain is on its way, along with wind gusts as high as 25 mph on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Diamond found near Naked Dog

On Wednesday, Feb 6, at 4:21 p.m., LBPD received a report in reference to found property. According to police records, the RP found a diamond ring near the Naked Dog Bistro on Forest Avenue, also near Laguna Beach Animal Hospital.

The RP was asked to fill out a finders’ affidavit. If you or someone you know lost their diamond ring by the Naked Dog, call LBPD’s non-emergency line at (949) 497-0701.