When Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness volunteers traveled through the Roosevelt Tunnel, one of only two underpasses that connect Pacific Palisades with Will Rogers State Beach, they found a homeless man smoking methamphetamine. They told him he couldn’t smoke in the tunnels, and initially, he refused to move.
After some persuasion, he left the tunnel, now fully in the grips of the drug. As one PPTFH member said, “he looked like an animal as he tried to navigate the sand.” LAPD was called.
Members tried to ascertain if he was okay and at that point he went back in the tunnel and started throwing things. The volunteers kept people out of the tunnel and safe, until the man’s “drug-induced” high was spent.
The man then left the tunnel and buried himself in the sand. At that point volunteers and police went back to him and he was unresponsive.
Paramedics from LAFD were called and the man was transported to the hospital.