Jon Coutchie, Laguna Beach Motorcycle Cop Killed in Crash: Donations Sought for Funeral

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See the update at the end of this post on how to donate to Jon Coutchie's family and memorial service details.

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ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 23, 7 A.M.: Officer Jon Coutchie, a 41-year-old Laguna Beach police officer, was riding his motorcycle near the end of his shift late Saturday night when he crashed into a pickup truck on South Coast Highway and died.

Coutchie had been heading north looking for a vehicle that eluded police when he clipped the truck that was going south and turning onto Cleo Street just after 11:30 p.m. His shift ended at midnight.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating.

Coutchie, who was born in Tucson, Arizona, but graduated from Laguna Hills High School, was identified by his department as a four-year member of the force. He'd become an Army Ranger after the 9/11 attacks, completed tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, and after his honorable discharge became a part-time jailer with the Laguna Beach Police Department. He'd been a motorcycle officer since March.

"We will forever miss and love Jon here at the police department and will grieve along with the citizens of this community," Lt. Jason Kravetz reportedly told City News Service.

UPDATE, SEPT. 24, 2:25 P.M.: The Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs is collecting donations on behalf on the Laguna Beach Police Employees Association to defray funeral expenses for the family of Jon Coutchie, the first Laguna Beach police officer to die in the line of duty since 1953.

Reminding that "unscrupulous people have taken the opportunity in the past to capitalize on the deaths of officers killed in the line of duty," the deputies association points out its memorial fund is the only one authorized by the Laguna Beach Police Employees Association to accept donations in honor of Coutchie.

A memorial service, which is open to the public, is scheduled at 11 a.m. Friday at Mariners Church, 5001 Newport Coast Drive, Irvine. You are advised to arrive by 10 a.m. as the church is expected to be packed.

Coutchie is survived by his mother, father, brother, stepmother, stepsister and girlfriend.

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Jenifar
Jenifar

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midway1942
midway1942

Really?  You post your diatribe on this article during Laguna Beach PD's mourning?  You need to work through your hostility towards law enforcement with a therapist. 

Andrew Cusumano
Andrew Cusumano

not if you're a biker that's driving a car for yourself, unless the biker is being an idiot (i think most would argue this makes you void of any liability).

Tonna Rizzi
Tonna Rizzi

R.I.P. and thank you for your service to this country and to your community.

Andy King
Andy King

There's two types of drivers. Those who have hit a motorcycle and those who will.

Marc Knack
Marc Knack

Saw this on the news. Here's a question: The truck was hit on the side. Yet, the sheriff's representative said they couldn't tell who got to the spot first. Does anyone else not understand this?

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

In keeping with the corrupt sinkhole OC law enforcement is flushing itself down I bet you anything that this was a good cop.

By the way, the only time I get to see good Orange County cops is when criminal leadership is using them to harass me - often times unbeknownst to them - which makes it all that much more disgusting.

midway1942
midway1942

@18usc241 How sad.  Really?  You feel the need to attack law enforcement during Laguna Beach PD's mourning?  Your diatribe against law enforcement in this venue is inconsiderate and selfish.  Your personal issues with law enforcement probably need to be worked out with a therapist not a blog.   

fc2479
fc2479

@18usc241 God, ok we get it you hate cops...can u give it rest.  The motor cop died in an accident not harassing  you!!  I am not saying you got to say nice things about him.  But at least show respect for a dead human being....

Debaser7
Debaser7

Unless you're writing from a cell, I think your protestations about harassment are much ado about nothing.  Your victimization rants are getting old.  Boring actually.   

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@Debaser7 @18usc241  I kind of have to agree with Debaser7.  Your rants never make any sense or never apply to the actual article.  I usually just ignore your comments.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Another human genius volunteering his expert opinion on the veracity of my claims while simultaneously admiting to not knowing who I am or the circumstances.

Do you understand how stupid that looks? Oh never mind.

If bored change the channel - trust me a countless number of Americans are interested. It 's called moving our country forward. Sit back and enjoy the benefits coward.

PincheKaboom
PincheKaboom

@18usc241 Post some naked pics of your hawt Colombian wifey and maybe we'll consider the poss. that you AREN'T a lunatrick.  Until then, the consensus is in.

949girl
949girl topcommenter

@18usc241 Honestly, the way you speak in your comments you make yourself look strange.  Why don't you cut to the chase and say what really happened to you.  It's almost like you want someone to ask you so I'm asking you. What specifically happened to you that causes you to go on and on with stuff that doesn't even make sense?  Were you framed or arrested, convicted of a crime you didn't commit?  Harassed by cops? 

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

Please do OC genius number 2.

By the way, condolences to the officer's loved ones. Ignore the dummy / groupies that attached themselves to my comments.

haidudz
haidudz

@18usc241

idk why the general public always jumps on hate trains for a misguided rant about the increasingly, i'll use the angry state apologist's word "rabid," police officers being employed, but it's so idiotic how they argue you.

on second thought, it might not be idiotic argumentation on their part because it's not really argumentation. it's blatant red herring paired with a nice side of unbased ad hominem. but alas, trolls will be trolls.

fc2479
fc2479

@18usc241 Please go back to the SOHO section...if things are so horrible here....you are a mess..

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

By the way, Stan Knee / Brad Gates / Mike Carona etc , traveling here from across the country to attend UCI on a University Scholarship is what all us Hispanic gang members do right? Racist retards.

18usc241
18usc241 topcommenter

LOL thanks again genius. If I'm a lunatic it's only because I left the SOHO section of Manhattan for Orange County, CA. Maybe I should be angriest at the University of California, Irvine for luring me over here with a University Scholarship.

Debaser7
Debaser7

Yeah, you're a real trailblazer, lunatic.

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