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2 Laguna Beach Police officers pay to have Marine’s broken down car towed to Camp Pendleton

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LAGUNA BEACH — When a Marine on his way back to Camp Pendleton was stranded Wednesday, June 20, along Laguna Canyon Road, local law enforcement stepped up.

At 7:28 p.m., officers were sent to the 3200 block of Laguna Canyon Road after motorists reported that a black Chevrolet Impala was stranded. It turned out the car belonged to a Marine based at Camp Pendleton, said Laguna Beach Sgt. Jim Cota.

Officers determined that the car needed to be towed to Camp Pendleton, where the driver lived, but realized the young Marine didn’t have the means to pay for the tow.

“One of the officers used his own AAA membership but realized his tow distance limit was seven miles,” Cota said. “The other officer used his credit card to pay for the remaining $333 charge.

“They did it out of the goodness of their hearts,” Cota said.

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