Newport Beach Police Department

  • Agency: Newport Beach Police Department
  • Address: 870 Santa Barbara Drive, Newport Beach, 92660 CA
  • Chief: (Chief of Police)
Phone: 949-644-3681
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Newport Beach Police Department is located at 870 Santa Barbara Drive, Newport Beach, 92660 CA. The Newport Beach Police Department phone number is 949-644-3681.

Newport Beach Police Department News

Animal Control isn’t always about the critters… One day last week, our newest Animal Control Officer and her Field Training Officer had spent their shift picking up snakes, helping injured birds, and patrolling parks & beaches. While driving back to the station at the end of a long day, they spotted a motorist out of gas. After standing by while the driver purchased a gas can, the ACOs noticed that the young man couldn’t quite figure out how to get the spout to work properly. Always willing to lend a helping hand, the ACOs held an impromptu gas-can-training-session on the side of MacArthur Boulevard! Whether it’s helping animals in need–or helping a young motorist get on his way–our Animal Control Unit is first-rate. If you’d like to spend a day in their boots, be sure to mark your calendar for our Animal Control Virtual Ride-Along on Saturday, May 26 starting at 10 am over on https://www.twitter.com/NewportBeachPD!

You know what they say… While the doting editor is away, the readers will play. So here’s a new arrest story for you, written and lovingly scheduled before we headed out of the office last week. We hope you like it! Our tale begins on a calm and picturesque Monday, just as brunch-hours transition into lunch-hours. (We know! A daylight arrest story is a rare treat. 😁) An officer is out doing his cop-ly duties when he spots a white Mercedes on Birch near Jamboree... with no front license plate. (Yep. That’s still illegal.) Now… let us stray ever-so-slightly off topic for a moment. Because your editor is not around to field the ensuing comments, let us take a stab at a couple points here. Because… there are few issues on this FB page that seem to be as divisive as the question of front license plates. 😉 Yes, it’s a law that gets violated all the time. No, we don’t make the law. But yes, we still give people tickets for it. All good? 👍 If not, we’ll chat further. So, back in our story, the Mercedes parks before the officer can do the whole 🚨🚨🚨 bit... but our story is far from over. You see, the no-front-license-plate thing can be a ticket, or even a warning. But you’re reading a story called “Arrested by NBPD”! Let’s assume it doesn’t just end with a chat, huh? Sure enough, the chat takes a hard left preeeeettty quickly. There are two folks in the car: Driver Guy and Passenger Gal. And they both have their own separate issues. To start, Driver Guy has a suspended driver license. He not only admits that he *knows* it’s suspended… but he informs the officer that it got suspended because he’s got an outstanding warrant in another state. Lovely. Evidently, he’s a wanted man in Colorado… but not wanted enough that they’ll extradite him. He’ll remain California’s issue, for now. 🙄 But let’s not forget about Passenger Gal! She’s got a warrant herself… but a much more local one. Like, one city over – Irvine PD – to be exact. Again… our story could end here. Driver Guy and Passenger Gal would be off to jail: him for driving without a license, her for the warrant. But wait! There’s more! (There’s always more.) And MAN is there ever more. In this case, the evidence list is actually longer than the report itself. It starts small, with a handful of baggies in the center console. They have a white residue on the plastic… which seems awfully meth-y. That suspicion is confirmed when the officer spots another baggie nearby with a smidgeon of meth still inside. Aaaaaand a spoon with some heroin residue. 😞 Time for a quick check of the glovebox… there’s a little baggie of meth. Then another, slightly bigger. Then another, even bigger. And, for a change of pace, a package of Suboxone films. (Editor’s note for the uninitiated: Suboxone is a prescription that is supposed to help folks kick their heroin addiction. But – like all substances, it seems – Suboxone itself can be abused.) There’s also a couple baggies with heroin. Passenger Gal’s purse is as well-stocked as the Mercedes. She’s got SEVENTEEEN used syringes, empty baggies, foil with burnt heroin residue, and multiple spoons with heroin residue. She’s also got a stash of heroin, another baggie of meth, aaaaaaand…. A meth pipe. (We know some of you are inexplicably excited right now, you lovable kooks. 💙) So, it’s off to jail for these two folks, and off to the evidence room with aaaaaaallll these drugs and paraphernalia. Driver Guy is booked for three charges: driving without a license, plus two possession charges for the drugs. Passenger Gal has FOUR charges: two matching possession charges for the drugs, plus one more for the paraphernalia, and her outstanding warrant. Whew! We’re glad to get these folks – and all those narcotics and needles – off of the NB streets. And we always hope that an arrest can be the wake-up call that someone needs to get their lives back on track…

Summer is just around the corner! As the weather starts warming up, people–and their pets–will be out and about enjoying the sunshine. The Newport Beach Police Department would like to address a couple common questions we receive about animals in cars when temperatures start increasing… --- Can I leave my dog in my car if the windows are down and my car is in the shade? --- California state law prohibits leaving an animal unattended in a vehicle under conditions which could endanger the animal’s welfare. Lots of factors, like temperature and ventilation, are taken into consideration. Our advice is not to take that risk. Conditions can change very rapidly; a car that was just in the shade can find itself in direct sunlight within minutes. Instead of chancing it (even for a couple minutes) we recommend visiting pet-friendly businesses or, if that’s not possible, leaving your dog safely at home. --- What should I do if I find a dog locked in a car? --- We encourage citizens to call the Police Department immediately when they observe any animal locked in a car, and they believe that animal is in distress. The PD takes these calls very seriously and an Animal Control Officer or Police Officer will respond as quickly as possible. The vast majority of "dog in car" calls we respond to are resolved without the need to remove the animal from the vehicle. We are often able to locate the owner using police resources, and criminal citations are issued when violations exist. In those extreme cases where animals need to be removed from a vehicle, our Animal Control Officers are trained to minimize the stress caused to the vulnerable animal which may be experiencing heat distress. --- But I heard I can rescue the dog the car myself. Is that true? --- Last year the State law was changed, giving citizens some immunity from criminal liability if they remove an animal from a vehicle in VERY DIRE CIRCUMSTANCES, where the animal is in such imminent danger that waiting for our arrival is not possible... but the citizen must follow very specific protocol. We ask our residents and visitors to take a few things into consideration before making that choice. NBPD responds very quickly to these types of calls and we encourage you to wait for our arrival, before removing the animal, whenever possible. Removing the animal from the vehicle before we get there *may seriously hinder our ability to prosecute the owner for any animal cruelty-related laws*. Our officers gather crucial evidence at the scene of serious cases, prior to and immediately after removing the animal, and that evidence is necessary for a successful prosecution. If you determine that the animal’s condition makes waiting for us impossible, please refer to the exact text of section 597.7(b)(2) of the Penal Code for guidance on what specific procedures you must follow under the new law: "A person who removes an animal from a vehicle in accordance with paragraph (1) is not criminally liable for actions taken reasonably and in good faith if the person does all of the following: (A) Determines the vehicle is locked or there is otherwise no reasonable manner for the animal to be removed from the vehicle. (B) Has a good faith belief that forcible entry into the vehicle is necessary because the animal is in imminent danger of suffering harm if it is not immediately removed from the vehicle, and, based upon the circumstances known to the person at the time, the belief is a reasonable one. (C) Has contacted a local law enforcement agency, the fire department, animal control, or the “911” emergency service prior to forcibly entering the vehicle. (D) Remains with the animal in a safe location, out of the elements but reasonably close to the vehicle, until a peace officer, humane officer, animal control officer, or another emergency responder arrives. (E) Used no more force to enter the vehicle and remove the animal from the vehicle than was necessary under the circumstances. (F) Immediately turns the animal over to a representative from law enforcement, animal control, or another emergency responder who responds to the scene." We hope that helps clear up any questions. Please share as you see fit. It's only getting warmer outside, and leaving a dog in a hot car is a serious issue. NBPD is here to help.

Do *you* like NBPD? How about animals? How about... NBPD + animals??! Well then, you're in luck. 🎉🎉 Mark your calendars, folks: on Saturday, May 26, join us for 10 HOURS of virtual ride-along fun with an Animal Control Officer. You don't have to have a Twitter account to enjoy this event (although, if you do, follow us: @NewportBeachPD). Just head on over to www.twitter.com/NewportBeachPD and follow along as we hit the streets of Newport Beach in search of animal mayhem. If you DO have a Twitter account, we hope you'll have time to participate by sending us a tweet or two. Stray dogs? Rogue snakes? Sea lions? Cats in trees? Who knows what we'll find... but you'll have a front row seat for all of it. We hope you can join us!

NBPD Seeks the Public’s Assistance in Identifying Suspect and Witnesses for Assault with a Deadly Weapon Investigation May 16, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Newport Beach Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect and a witness for an assault with a deadly weapon investigation. The crime occurred on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at approximately 1:00 a.m. in the area of Newport Blvd. and 28th St. in Newport Beach. According to statements received by the NBPD, the victim was stabbed by an unknown object during an assault. The victim sustained several stab wounds and is in stable condition. A witness (pictured) is described as a white male, in his mid-20’s, with brown hair, green or blue eyes. He is approximately 6’ tall and weighs approximately 200 pounds. At the time of the incident, he was wearing white shorts and a burgundy and white shirt with flip flop style sandals. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, in his mid-20’s, with “scraggly” hair. He is approximately 5’-08” to 5’-09” tall. At the time of the incident, he was wearing dark clothing, including a hooded sweatshirt. NBPD Detectives are asking this witness and suspect, or anyone who can help identify them, to come forward to assist in the investigation. We are also seeking any additional witnesses who were in the area at the time of the assault. Anyone who can offer assistance is encouraged to contact Detective Rick Henry at 949-644-3797. Messages may also be left anonymously on the Police Department’s recorded hotline at 1-800-550-NBPD. # # #

Heeeeelllllloooooo! Your editor is out of the office, but we wrote you up a little something-something before we left. It’s a wee tale, just long enough to brighten your day. Wanna read it? Great! This story begins on a Saturday night, just before 10 pm. An officer is out and about, doing his cop business, when a car on Coast Highway catches his eye. A silver Hyundai Sonata, to be exact. With expired registration. Time for a chat! 🚨🚨🚨 Let’s meet our cast of characters. In the driver’s seat, we have Driver Guy. To his right, we have Passenger Gal. And, behind Driver Guy, we have Passenger Guy. Got it? 👍 Ok, so the officer starts out with the standard license-insurance-registration request. Aaaaaaand Driver Guy is not faring so well. He doesn’t HAVE a license. And he just bought the car, ya see… and he hasn’t sorted out all the paperwork yet... 🙄 Fun fact: he bought the car three weeks ago. Because his other car was impounded. For expired registration and driving without a license. We can’t make this stuff up. The car also smells STRONGLY of marijuana. Driver Guy says he smoked some a few hours ago, but that he feels sober now. He performs well on a field sobriety exam, so the officer is confident that he hasn’t been driving while impaired. The officer is *also* confident that the meth in the center console would look LOVELY in our Evidence Room. Time to sort everything out! Driver Guy is heading to jail for driving without a license and possessing methamphetamine. Passenger Gal is joining him, since she has an outstanding warrant. Passenger Guy is left all on his own, without even a mode of transportation… you see, he’s not licensed either, so he can’t drive the Hyundai off into the sunset. So the Hyundai… it’s off to car jail. Which means that Driver Guy will either be sorting out his registration... or buying (another) new car. 😞 That’s all we got, folks! Thanks for reading!

TRAFFIC TUESDAY Question: Is it legal to have tinted tail lights or brake lights on my vehicle? Answer: No, any required lighting equipment on a vehicle (including tail lights and brake lights) cannot be modified from their original design or performance capabilities. Applying tint or other modifications to make tail lights appear dark is not only illegal, but it makes it much harder for people to see that you are braking and could cause an accident. If it is determined that tinted tail lights contributed to a collision, it could affect who is found to be at-fault.

Word of the Week: Bindle. This word comes up a lot when we talk about narcotics arrests, and it always solicits a few questions.

Your doting editor is still out of the office, but we didn’t want to leave you in the lurch. What would your Monday BE without a nice arrest story?? Let’s get right to it! The day: Thursday. The time: 7:30 am. The place: a parking lot on Coast Highway. The scene: a white Honda Accord is parked, with the engine running. Music is blaring from the sound system. Behind the wheel, there is a man (we’ll call him Driver Guy… cuz we're assuming he was Driving at SOME point and... ya know... tradition). Driver Guy is not looking particularly conscious at the moment. But here comes another person – one who is most certainly conscious, and *conscientious*. It’s an NBPD cadet! And he does just what we ask folks to do when they see something suspicious or out-of-place: call NBPD Dispatch. (What a good kid, huh? 😊) An officer arrives and approaches the Honda. Perhaps Driver Guy is in need of medical help… Ah no, it’s pretty obvious that he’s just sawing logs in there. (In the metaphorical sense.) Fun fact: sleeping in cars is against the municipal code in NB. (Unknown if there is a similar violation for log-sawing. 😉) Time for a courtesy tap-tap-tap on the window! Driver Guy wakes up, but is immediately agitated and *extremely* nervous on seeing the officer. He gets… hmmm… what’s the word? Sassy. No, he wasn’t sleeping… he was just “lightly resting”. No, he doesn’t think it’s weird to “lightly rest” with the engine running and the radio cranked up. No, he doesn’t think that his car REEKS of un-smoked marijuana. No, he doesn’t use drugs – he’s ALLERGIC, man! Duh! Yeah – he's sassy. And a liar-head. Cop stuff, cop stuff, cop stuff… and the pile of lies is about as big as the pile of confiscated evidence. (And that’s huuuuuuuuge!) Total counts as follows. Meth: 5 baggies. Heroin: 1 baggie and 1 bindle. * Marijuana: 3 baggies. Syringes: 4 used, and one loaded with heroin. Plus a scale, empty baggies, a pay/owe sheet, and wads of cash. And, of course, the crowd faaaaavorite. Say it with us: meth pipe! This, dear readers, is like the deluxe drug-dealer’s starter kit. Driver Guy has WAY more drugs than any one person would tote around for personal use… plus all the accessories to peddle his wares. Harrumph. So Driver Guy is off to jail for a list of various narcotics charges: possession of marijuana for sales, possession of meth for sales, possession of heroin for sales, and possession of narcotics paraphernalia. AND all those drugs are now off the street. Which is a VERY nice side-effect. Kudos to our cadet for making the call, and a round of applause for our officer.👍👍👏👏 Ahhhh... We 💙 a happy ending. 😁 ---- * NOTE: If you don't know what a bindle is, check back this afternoon for our Word of the Week!

This is National Police Week, a time of observance that may not be marked on your calendar. It is a week set aside to pay tribute to the law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty... and to voice our appreciation for all those who currently serve in communities across the country. This coming Tuesday is also Peace Officers Memorial Day. That day, and every day, we remember those men and women who have given their lives to protect others. Gone, but never forgotten.

The “Click It or Ticket” campaign is a reminder that some of the best traffic safety tips are also the most basic ones. Buckle up, every time you get behind the wheel. It’s the single greatest defense you have if you are in a traffic collision.

A couple weeks ago, we swore in a new lateral police officer. That afternoon, he responded to a call about a mama goose and her two babies trying to cross Jamboree. He chased them down and whisked them away to safety... proving that he's got the heart (and the good humor) of an outstanding public servant. Who knew his first "foot pursuit" in Newport Beach would involve webbed feet?! 😉

Well how-dee-do?! We hope that this Friday morning finds you feeling full of vim and vigor, with a sense that you are slightly more quick-witted, slightly more magnetic, and slightly more aesthetically-pleasing that you normally feel. ☺️ Now that you’re feeling all confident and glowy, we have some news to share… 1) Your doting editor is going away. Again. We can’t believe that we keep doing this to you. Who approves this stuff?? After this, we’re never leaving again. No days off, no vacations, no training classes, no conferences, nothing. We’re just putting a cot at the station, next to our computer. 😉 2) Because we 💙 you so much, we went on a writing spree! You will not suffer a lack of arrest stories while we’re gone. Somebody else will EVEN be responding to comments while we’re away, so you won’t have to wait for the delayed gratification when we return. 3) To make up for the fact that we’re abandoning you, we have not one – but TWO special announcements. 📣📣 When we get back, we’re going to have SO much fun you guys!! Mark your calendars: Saturday, May 26 we’ll do a virtual ride-along with Animal Control; and Monday, May 28 (Memorial Day) will mark the triumphant return of CopLibs. (If you have no idea what we’re talking about, don’t worry. We’ve scheduled some explanatory posts as the days draw closer.) And now, after aaaaaaallll that, let’s talk about an arrest, shall we?! Our tale begins on a Friday evening, just before 6:30 pm. And it begins, as many tense situations do… at a four-way stop. Ahhhh... The intersection of awkward waves, right-of-way dyslexia, and the coordinated dance of two cars accelerating and then braking at the same time. Our officer is at just such an intersection: Irvine Avenue at 16th Street. As he approaches the stop sign on Irvine, he notices a black Mercedes SUV already stopped at the intersection on 16th Street, off to his left. He waits, but the Mercedes doesn’t budge, even when a car goes through the intersection the opposite way on 16th Street. The officer glances over at the SUV, noting the lack of front license plate (yes, that’s still illegal) as he starts his awkward waving. He realizes he can't assess the effectiveness of said awkward waving because the SUV's front windows and windshield are so tinted that he can’t see inside (also illegal). Huh. The SUV’s left turn signal turns on. Two more cars cross the intersection. Still, the Mercedes sits. Another car crosses. Nothing from the SUV. Aaaaand another car goes through. Nada. And then, the Mercedes slowly rolls forward. It goes straight through the intersection, despite the whole turn-signal thing. As the officer’s head swivels from left-to-right to watch the SUV go by, he smoothly activates his own right-hand turn signal and (proceeding when it is legal and safe to do so) turns right to get behind the Mercedes on 16th Street. Before the officer turns on his flahing lights, the SUV whizzes by a school (with an in-progress baseball game and oodles of pedestrians and bike traffic), going easily 10 miles over the posted 35 mph speed limit. It is, as they say, time for a chat. 🚨🚨🚨 Things start out poorly. The man inside the car (Driver Guy, in case you were wondering what we’d call him 😉) hands over an expired driver license. (Look… it’s nice that you have ID on you and all, but it kinda needs to be valid for driving if you’re gonna drive??!) When the officer asks what was up at the four-way stop, the man explains (as if it is a totally reasonable explanation) that he was reading a letter. 🤨 What comes next may not surprise you… the officer detects a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. Driver Guy also is sporting a matching set of blood-shot and watery eyes, with coordinating slurred speech. It’s not a good look. So, Driver Guy… how much have you had to drink this evening? Nope. Nothing. Nada. Zippo. Zero. Zilch. (Allegedly.) Then, sensing that his audience is not buying it, Driver Guy admits that he might have indulged… in some non-alcoholic beer. Perhaps some scallywag slipped him a Coors Light in between his O’Doul’s when he wasn’t looking? The officer’s not convinced. Neither are the field sobriety tests OR the breathalyzer tests. Driver Guy is *drunk*. So it’s off to jail for him. His charges? DUI (with prior DUI convictions… this is not his first rodeo), and driving without a license. He just gets a warning (this time) for the tint and front license plate. The best part? We got him off the street before anyone got hurt. Thank goodness.

NBPD's Honor Guard traveled to Sacramento to participate in Monday's 42nd annual Fallen Officers Memorial. We honored the six California officers who lost their lives in the line of duty in 2017, and all those who fell in years past. Gone, but never forgotten. 💙

Congratulations to the graduates of Citizens' Police Academy Class 43!! After all the classes and activities, these folks have earned a diploma (and our affection). We thank every one of these students for spending twelve weeks with us, getting to know their Police Department a little better. We're gonna miss you guys.

It's time for the debut of our newest series: Word of the Week! And we're starting off with a word we hear misused a LOT. Robbery. Robbery is different from burglary or theft. Robbery involves person-to-person interaction, and is the taking of property by force, intimidation, and/or fear. There. Never say we didn't teach you anything. 😉

Heeeelllllo, dear reader. We’ve got a little story for you… it starts with an observant officer and ends with an arrest. Sound familiar? Ok, ok – so the formula isn’t novel. But this is the kind of stuff our officers deal with every day. Let’s dive in. An officer is driving down Baywater when she spots a grey Dodge Ram truck parked along the curb line. Hmmm… 🤔 She’s never seen that car parked there before. And then she sees something else: a person ducking and weaving in the back seat. Huh. Is that person ok? Are they having a medical issue? Trying to avoid contact with a cop? Or just having an acapella one-man dance party?? Let’s see if we can find out! 😲 Well… it’s this truck is too packed to have space for any dance parties. There’s a LOT of stuff inside. Luggage. Bedding. Backpacks. Clothes. More clothes. MORE clothes. And… a gal. The “dancer”. We’ll call her Dancer Gal. Dancer Gal isn’t looking so good. She’s sweating and very, very nervous when our officer tries to check in on her. Maaaaaaybe it’s because of the heroin in the front seat of the truck. 😬 Whoopsie. It turns out that Dancer Gal has a lot more than the heroin too… she’s got an outstanding $10,000 warrant. And a collection of pills: orange ones, yellow ones, white ones (both round and oblong). All the pills are difficult to identify, because they’ve been coated in blobs of sticky black heroin. But the officer keeps at it… It turns out that three of the pills are Xanax, which Dancer Gal does have a prescription for. But the rest are forms of Suboxone… a pill that’s supposed to help with opioid addiction. And Dancer Gal does *not* have a prescription for those. She admits that she buys them from her heroin dealer, and that he gives her the pills pre-coated in heroin. (Editor’s note: Addiction is a nasty thing. We wouldn’t wish it on anyone.) So Dancer Gal is off to jail, for three reasons: 1) the warrant, 2) possessing Suboxone without a prescription, and 3) possessing the heroin. We got the pills and the heroin of the street… and we hope that the gal sees this arrest as an opportunity to get the help she needs, and get her life back on track.

When a cadet was working at the OC Marathon on Sunday, he was approached by a woman who needed medical assistance. While she waited for medics to arrive, the cadet stayed by her side. She was feeling lightheaded, so he asked her to sit down... and then joined her on the curb. He asked her all the right questions. He was calm and reassuring. He stayed until she got the help she needed. This is the kind of personal touch that we see so often in our officers... so it's a good thing that we've already decided to hire this cadet as a Police Recruit. 😊 He starts in his new role later this month, and we can't wait to see how he continues to serve this community for many years to come. 💙

TRAFFIC TUESDAY May is a busy month for traffic safety! Last week, we covered bicycle safety; this week we're tackling another two-wheeler: the motorcycle. Safety tips for motorcycle riders: See and be seen - Use your lane position to increase visibility; change lanes only when there is ample room - Match your speed to surrounding traffic - Always wear a DOT-compliant helmet and brightly-colored protective clothing - Ride with lights on, even during daylight hours Safety tips for drivers: Share the road - Look twice for motorcyclists, especially when entering the roadway, turning, or changing lanes - Remember that motorcyclists are allowed in HOV lanes, unless prohibited by signage We encourage everyone on the road to stay alert and aware of your surroundings, especially when turning or changing lanes. Whether you are on two wheels – or on four – it’s your responsibility to share the road safely.

It’s just another manic Monday… until you settle in for another episode of “Arrested by NBPD”, that is! Justice is the PERFECT antidote for any Monday-morning doldrums. 😁 This tale begins in the wee hours of the morning, just about 2:30 am. It’s a Thursday, and an officer is patrolling the area around Ocean Boulevard and Iris Avenue when something catches his eye. Call it intuition, call it a well-informed hunch, call it spidey sense… but the grey Toyota Sienna parked over there is just… not right. For one, it’s got four people inside, and they’re all just sitting still and staring straight ahead. (We can't say for certain, but it sure looks like they are *willing* the officer to leave.) Plus, the home they’re parked in front of is unoccupied and under construction. Plus-plus, there’s been some recent burglaries and vehicle burglaries in this neighborhood… Hmmm. Perhaps it’s worth a little chat to see what’s going on. LIES. That is what is going on. Aaaaaaalll kinds of lies. Fact: The car reeks of marijuana. Lie: Marijuana? Huh, that’s weird. They don’t have any marijuana. Lie: They’re just in town to hang out at the beach, officer. Fact: The beach closes at 10 pm. Follow-up Lie: Yeah, that’s why they aren’t AT the beach, man. They parked HERE to avoid being on the wrong side of the municipal code... but still kinda close to the beach. 🙄 Lie: They’re just gonna drive home now. All nice and legal-like. Fact: There are no driver licenses to be had. Driver Guy (or the guy in the driver’s seat, who we can only assume has been driving) hasn’t even been issued a license. To complicate matters further: Passenger Guy #1 (front seat) also hasn’t ever been licensed; Passenger Guy #2 (behind Guy #1) says he has a license, but not on him; and Passenger Guy #3 (behind Driver Guy) also has no ID. He also appears drunk. And he has some other issues… read on. Lie: Passenger Guy’s name and date of birth. He says he’s Reginald Smythe-Owens, born in 1993. Fact: He’s Reggie Smithson, born a year later. 🤥 Bonus Fact: He’s got THREE outstanding warrants (under his real name). THREE. Two for $10,000 and one for $15,000. 😱 BONUS bonus fact: and there’s an open container of marijuana in the car. (Yeah, that’s illegal.) Once the officer gets all the truths sorted out from the fictions, here’s the end result. 1) Driver Guy gets a ticket for the open container of marijuana. 2) Passenger Guy #2 is now the driver-of-choice, seeing that he’s the only one who is licensed to drive. 3) Passenger Guy #3 is going to jail for his three outstanding warrants. 4) The Toyota – and its three non-arrested occupants – are leaving CdM and heading homeward. One thing that ISN’T going to get enumerated in a nice list: any crimes in the neighborhood that night. We can never know for sure what crime we *stop* with this kind of intervention, but we’re pretty certain that zero crimes = good thing. And licensed drivers are ALSO a good thing. AND we’re pretty sure that the justice system is happy to have Passenger Guy #3 in custody again. Not too shabby for a bit of spidey sense and a chat, huh? 😉

Have we mentioned that we have the BEST Facebook community ever?? As if we needed further proof, check out this incredible gift that reader Sandy brought us this week... It's a beautiful wind chime that *she made herself* from driftwood and shells she collected on NB beaches. We're smitten. And so, so grateful. 💙💙

The Orange County Marathon will be held tomorrow (Sunday, May 6). Starting at 12:00 a.m. Sunday morning, the race course will be checked for vehicles in the posted temporary no parking areas. Any vehicles left along the course will be cited and towed. Please park your vehicles in a legal parking space on Saturday, prior to midnight. Corona del Mar residents are allowed to park in the CDM Main Beach Parking Lot overnight. Payment requirements will end at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and begin again at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday. More information for residents is available in our previous post here: https://www.facebook.com/NewportBeachPolice/photos/a.113768866725.98303.96309146725/10156300243391726/?type=3. For more information regarding road closures please call (949) 228-9532, email traffic@ocmarathon.com, or visit the OC Marathon Road Closure Information Page at: http://www.ocmarathon.com/race-weekend/directions/road-closure-info.aspx

Happy, happy weekend, everybody! Who’s ready for another great tale from the (not-so-mean) streets of Newport Beach?? Our story begins on a Monday, just after 2 am. A pair of officers from our Peninsula Enforcement team are driving down Balboa Boulevard, near the end of the peninsula. They spot a grey Dodge Charger. The Dodge, dear readers, has no front license plate. (Yes, that’s still illegal.) Time for a chat! 🚨🚨🚨 Inside the Dodge, the officers find two people. They shall, for the purposes of our tale, henceforth be known as Driver Guy and Passenger Gal. Things get off to a rocky start when the officers check Driver Guy’s license. His license is expired, he’s on parole, AND he has an outstanding warrant in Nevada for burglary. 😨 Nevada, it seems, is happy to let Driver Guy keep enjoying his coastal hangout, because they refuse extradition on the warrant. He’s gonna just be California’s problem, for now. (And yes, a “problem” he most certainly is!) You see… despite his claim that he and Passenger Gal are "just trying to find a hotel for the night" (in the middle of a residential area, at the very end of a peninsula), Driver Guy happens to have some rather suspicious items in his car and about his person. Like what, you ask?? Well, like a fascinating little object known as an “auto jiggler”. Never heard of it? Let us educate you. An auto jiggler is a is a small metal object with various sliding parts. In Driver Guy’s case, there are five slidey bits, and three of the five are cut to resemble different key shapes. A jiggler, dear readers, is inserted into the door lock on a car, and then “jiggled” around to see if it can (criminally) persuade the door to open. Lovely, huh? 😒 Driver Guy's tool kit is more extensive… there’s a metal file (although less *dynamic* than a jiggler, a file is often used on car looks too), a window punch (with a well-used punch tip), and a bandana (all folded up and ready to cover a car burglar’s face at a moment’s notice). Oh, and he’s got a baggie full of meth. Why not. 😔 But let’s not forget about Passenger Gal! What’s going on with HER? Well, our Gal seems to have some issues of her own. She’s got a bunch of paperwork and checks in a bunch of other people’s names. When the fine officers ask her for an explanation, Passenger Gal is SHOCKED. Where did all that paperwork come from? It CERTAINLY isn’t hers! Oh no. Never mind that it’s all next to her seat, in a box that also has a few pieces of her mail in it! She has *NO* idea how it got there. The shock, evidently, is contagious. Driver Guy begins loudly wondering which of his friends would have left their meth in his car. He then moves on to the bandana, explaining that he uses it to cover his face because he has a cold. It’s just for *public courtesy*, man! 🙄 Plus, they both maintain, they’re just trying to find a good hotel. The cops aren’t buying it. Cop stuff, cop stuff, cop stuff… there’s some investigation-y business, some calls to possible victims... aaaaaaand one more little surprise when Passenger Gal admits she’s shoved a meth pipe down her pants. 😬 In the end, Driver Guy and Passenger Gal are both off to jail. He’s racked up charges for possession of burglary tools and possession of meth. SHE’s faring far worse… What started out as a charge for misappropriating lost property has grown during the “cop stuff” interlude. Passenger Gal is now booked for three additional charges: possession of the meth pipe, possession of stolen property, and false checks. You see, the officers were able to track down one of the people listed on Passenger Gal’s It’s-a-Mystery-How-They-Got-Here checks, and he confirmed that the checks were stolen. AND it appears as if *someone* has whited-out the payee information on a number of these checks. Thousands of dollars’ worth of checks. As if, perhaps, Passenger Gal was planning to personally profit from these magically-appearing bank orders. Harrumph. And thus ends our tale. We have some follow-up to do to identify all the victims in the Incredible Case of the Apparating Checks… but at least the paperwork is all safe from misuse and identity theft for the time being. In addition to getting more drugs – and another pesky meth pipe – off the street, we’re also pretty happy about another less-measurable achievement. There were no vehicle burglaries in that neighborhood that night. And, if Driver Guy and his bandana-and-burglary-tool kit had been free to flit around the quiet nighttime streets for a while longer, we’re not sure that would have been the case. Well done, officers. Well done. 👏👏

REMINDER! The Outdoor Warning System Test is TODAY at noon. See our previous post and the full map here for more info: https://www.facebook.com/NewportBeachPolice/posts/10156290744096726