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Newport Beach Police Department
Wednesday May 1st, 2019 :: 06:36 p.m. PDT


Press Release - Vehicle Pursuit Ends in Newport Beach

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 3:08 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department’s Dispatch Center received information that a vehicle pursuit started in Laguna Beach and was proceeding through Orange County. The vehicle was a silver Mercedes and the suspect was identified as Richard Bloustine.  The Suspect was wanted for a felony no bail warrant for fraud and reported to be armed with a gun.
At 4:01 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department entered into the pursuit at the request of pursuing units as the suspect entered into Newport Beach. As the suspect continued to evade pursuing police cars, the suspect was on the phone with NBPD Dispatch.
The suspect brought his vehicle to a stop in the 1441 Avocado Drive parking lot. Although initially not compliant with officer’s orders to exit the vehicle, the suspect spoke with the Newport Beach Police Department Crisis Negotiation Team by phone. Through telephonic communication, the Crisis Negotiation Team was able to get the suspect to exit his vehicle and surrender to NBPD.
The Laguna Beach Police Department has taken custody of Richard Scott Bloustine, a 53-year-old Newport Beach resident.  The Laguna Beach Police Department will be addressing further Pres inquiries, contact Sergeant Jim Cota at 949-464-6671.

Newport Beach Police Department
870 Santa Barbara Dr
Newport Beach, CA 92660

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