Crime Log: Bicyclist victim of hit-and-run in Seal Beach

A bicyclist is currently being treated for head trauma after a motorist slammed into the bike at 60 m.p.h. on Friday, April 1, according to the Seal Beach Police Department.

Sgt. Steve Bowles, public information officer for the SBPD, said the victim was critical, but stable, as of 12:40 p.m., Monday, April 4.

The following is the police account of the event.

Early Friday afternoon, the bike rider was in the Westminster Avenue bike lane, east of Bolsa Chica. The bicyclist was travel ingeastbound when a Chevrolet  truck swerved into the bike lane.

The Chevy was apparently traveling at 60 m.p.h.

The bicyclist was thrown onto the dirt shoulder of the road.

Someone called the Seal Beach Police Department at 1:34 p.m.

An unspecified number of witnesses reportedly told police that the driver kept on going.

The driver apparently continued going east on Westminster Avenue, then went south on Bolsa Chica until he arrived at a home in Huntington Beach.

Seal  Beach Police arrested a man they believe to be the driver of the Chevrolet truck.

The man was identified by the Seal Beach Police as John Hines, 38 years old, a resident of Huntington Beach.

Hines’ name is not listed as a being in custody at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Web site.

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Crime Log Assembled by Charles M. Kelly

The crimes listed in the Sun Newspapers were reported to Seal Beach Police Department, Los Alamitos Police Department and Orange County Sheriff Department between March 21 and  April 1, 2011.

Only street names are used; times given are reported times, not incident times. Crime Log entries are based on preliminary information. Space limitations make it impossible to publish every incident. Until proven guilty in a court of law, all suspects are considered innocent.


Monday, March 21

Vandalism—8:04 a.m.—Ironwood Avenue—Someone smashed the window’s of the caller’s vehicle and flattened two tires between 6 p.m., Thursday, March 10 and 7:40 a.m., Monday, March 21.

Tuesday, March 22

Bike Theft—4:21 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—Someone took the caller’s bicycle between 9 a.m. and the time of the call to police. The bike was described as a two-tone teal blue/brown Beachcruiser with three baskets valued at $400. Report taken.

Wednesday, March 23

DUI—7:10 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard and Westminster Avenue—An individual was arrested for drunk driving.

Thursday, March 24

Forgery—2:13 p.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—Someone used the caller’s credit card at a business on Seal Beach Boulevard. Report taken.

Friday, March 25

Petty Theft—6:49 a.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard—An individual was arrested for petty theft at a business. It turned out he was wanted on an outstanding warrant.

Saturday, March 26

Defraud Innkeeper—1:26 a.m.—Seal Beach Boulevard and Electric Avenue—A cab driver reported that a man did not pay his taxi fare. (A cab driver is obviously not an innkeeper, but the section of the California Penal Code that applies to cheating a cabbie is called “defrauding an Innkeeper.”) Police arrested the man for public drunkenness.


Friday, March 25

Disturbance—12:25 p.m.—St. Andrews, Mutual Unknown—This call resulted in an individual’s arrest for an outstanding warrant.


Thursday, March 24

Malicious Mischief to a Vehicle—7:47 a.m.—Noel Street—Back right tire deflated on caller’s black Toyota Tundra overnight. Caller suspects juvenile neighbor.

Hit and Run Property Damage—4:01 p.m.—Katella Avenue and Cherry Street—The caller followed the suspect vehicle eastbound on Katella Avenue and northbound on Cherry Street. The suspect stopped on Cherry Street and appeared to pick up his dry cleaning. The caller said the suspect is aware that he hit the victim. The incident started out as a traffic dispute. The responding officer logged the incident.

Friday, March 25

Grand Theft—4:45 a.m.—Howard Avenue—The caller said an unknown suspect took the wheels off his 2010 Nissan Maxima.

Disturbance—5:29 p.m.—Lampson Avenue—The caller said a man’s dog attacked the caller’s dog.  The man with the aggressive animal pulled his dog off the caller’s dog and threatened to beat the caller. The man with the aggressive dog was described as a white man in his early 60s wearing a black Mets jacket, hat and sunglasses

Suspicious Person—7:08 p.m.—Pine Street—The caller said a dark-complexioned man unknown to the area sitting at the benches using a computer for over an hour. The responding officer found an individual using a computer. He left the park.

Traffic Stop—11:56 p.m.—Cerritos Avenue and Walker Street—A man was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

Saturday, March 26

Disturbance—1:28 a.m.—Chestnut Street—A group of men and women were seen arguing in front of a restaurant. No weapons were seen. The group headed towards Sausalito with two men in a verbal dispute and a couple dozen onlookers. The group entered an apartment complex. Responding officers found 10 to 15 individuals who agreed to disperse.

Family Disturbance—11:06 a.m.—Paseo Bonita—Verbal argument between the caller and the caller’s grandson over the latter being kicked out of Saturday school. The grandson, a minor, reportedly spat on the grandfather. Juvenile’s parents were present. The juvenile left on a bike, traveling northbound. Everyone was counseled.

Disturbance—1:26 p.m.—Katella Avenue—A business was holding a grand opening with a disc jockey. The caller asked for the music to be turned down without effect. The caller was concerned about the scheduled 2 p.m. church service. The person responsible for the event was advised to lower the volumeand promise to comply with police instructions.

Person Down—9:03 p.m.—Los Alamitos Bouelvard—A man was seen laying next to an older vehicle to the rear of the property. The caller said the man looked unconscious, but did not look like a transient. Orange County Fire Authority was en route. The responding officer found a man who was able to stand. He was transported home.

Disturbance—9:58 p.m.—Howard Avenue—The caller complained about a daily problem with loud music next door. The caller asked neighbors to turn it down and they refused. Police advised the neighbors to turn down the music and they told police they would comply.

Sunday, March 27

Suspicious Occupied Vehicle—3:27 a.m.—Paseo Bonita—The caller observed a white Ford Explorer occupied by juveniles smoking for the past hour and a half. The juveniles were advised and released to their parents. The vehicle was legally parked.

Monday, March 28

Person Down—7:44 a.m.—Briggeman Drive and Los Alamitos Boulevard—A juvenile fell off a skateboard, onto his back. He was counseled.

Tuesday, March 29

Traffic Stop—7:05 p.m.—Bloomfield Street—An individual was arrested on warrants.


Monday, March 28

Welfare Check—10:24 p.m.—Martha Ann Drive—An argument between a divorced couple prompted a check on the welfare of their teenage son. Nothing suspicious noted.

Tuesday, March 29

Suspicious Person in Vehicle—11:58 a.m.—Rowena Drive and Silver Fox Road—The suspect gone by the time the unit arrived.

Wednesday, March 30

Citizen Assist—1:33 p.m.—Wembley Road—The call concerned the victim paying for work that was never performed. No report, No further details were available.

Thursday, March 31

Suspicious Person or Circumstances—7:25 p.m.—Los Alamitos Boulevard—A suspicious person reported at The Fish Co.  The suspect was gone by the time the unit arrived.

Assault Report—7:25 p.m.—Foster Road—Two “pre-teen” sisters were involved in a fight.  No report requested. The matter was handled privately.

Friday, April 1

Disturbance, Music or Party—12:14 a.m.—Ruth Elaine Drive—A loud party was reported in the area. The party goers were advised to quiet down and complied.


Thursday, March 31

Disturbance—8:04 p.m.—Pacific Coast Highway—An individual was reportedly disturbing an Alcoholic Anonymous meeting.

The individual left prior to deputies’ arrival.

Friday, April 1

Welfare Check—2:26 a.m.—Pacific Coast Highway—An individual was yelling incoherent things into the payphone a Pacific Coast Highway and Warner.

Shelley Henderson of the News-Enterprise contributed to this article.