LAGUNA BEACH - A 41-year-old Carson man involved in a five-hour standoff with Laguna Beach police following a five-vehicle collision was behind bars today.
Edward Ernest Uribe was booked on suspicion of a felon in possession of a gun, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest, according to Laguna Beach police Sgt. Louise Callus.
Uribe had been involved in a five-vehicle crash about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday on Pacific Coast Highway at Vista Del Sol, Callus said. Witnesses told police he was driving recklessly from the Dana Point area, she added.
As officers arrived at the crash, Uribe was in a Mustang involved in the collision and witnesses told police he had a gun on his lap, Callus said.
Officers tried to get Uribe out of the car, but he refused and during the initial contact with the suspect an officer fired a round, hitting the vehicle, but Uribe was unhurt, Callus said.
Uribe told police his vehicle would explode if they pulled on the car door, Callus said. This prompted police to back off, and Uribe remained in his vehicle for hours, Callus said.
Orange County Sheriff's bomb squad investigators and SWAT officers responded to the standoff, Callus said.
SWAT officers had to help a paramedic team in an armored vehicle respond to the crash to help a 70-year-old man involved in the crash, Callus said.
Also, a Laguna Beach police officer had to help get a medical team through the area
About 9:15 p.m., officers fired tear gas into the Mustang, but Uribe did not come out for another 30 minutes, Callus said. When he did he collapsed onto the sidewalk and was taken to Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach for treatment, Callus said.
Uribe was booked into the Laguna Beach jail and taken to the Orange County jail and held on $50,000 bail, Callus said.
Police recovered a .22-caliber handgun in the vehicle, Callus said.