David Hunt, Former Newport Beach City Attorney, Gets Probation, Fines for Drunk Crash

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Former Newport Beach city attorney David Hunt was sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to drunken driving and crashing into a parked car in September.

The 53-year-old Santa Ana resident also must pay restitution and $390 in fines and enter a three-month program for first-time alcohol offenders. The judge dismissed a second count of driving with a blood alcohol content of .08% or more.

Newport Beach police arrested Hunt after the car was hit in a parking lot at the west end of Ford Road near Mesa View and Bonita Canyon Sports Park and five minutes from his new office at Friedman Stroffe & Gerard, P.C. law firm in Irvine. Hunt was not hurt, but the car he hit was damaged.

It was the former city official's second arrest in two years. Santa Ana police arrested him in March 2010 on suspicion of domestic violence in an altercation he had at home with his wife and son. The Newport Beach City Council placed Hunt on administrative leave as the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) conducted a felony spousal abuse investigation that resulted in no charges being filed. The City Council voted in June 2010 to allow Hunt to return to the City Attorney's office.

He retired in August of this year, but in late September he was re-hired as an outside consultant by the city. Councilwoman Leslie Daigle was the only member of the panel to oppose Hunt's rehiring, and she objected strongly, noting that his contract called for $120,000 per quarter, or $480,000 annually.

The lucrative consulting contract was nullified shortly after Hunt's second arrest.

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7 comments
Alberto Einstein
Alberto Einstein

"$390 in fines"??????

I would love to see even one other DUI conviction resulting in less than $400 in fines.

Just one.

949girl
949girl

That's crazy!! $390 in fines?  Everyone I've ever known said it's in the $1000's with alcohol classes and even license restrictions! 

909Jeff
909Jeff

No Shit!  Everyone I know got fined 2g's 3 years probation and first time offenders class.  

909Jeff
909Jeff

Oh and the real kick in the ass was a buddy of mine said when he was in court there were people ahead of him with possesion of pot, coke, and meth.  and they got 400-500 dollar fines.  Not to defend drunk driving but really? Its a stiffer penalty to drive with a BAC over .08 than to posses cocaine? 

909Jeff
909Jeff

Which is why the BAC level has been lowered twice times since the 70's.

Jim
Jim

It's a money maker for the states and they know this, the good ole days, if thier was, a offcier would or maybe escort you home or somebody would come and pick you u and take you home,at least in the midwest in a small town, but no more.For sure our hospital rates haven't decreased since the implimentation of these strick rules.Guess i'll stick with my coffee & cigarettes, and you know how much society is even against smoking.Just can't win in this world anymore: should live in a plastic bubble, guess.

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