A Costa Mesa man is scheduled to be in court Tuesday on accusations that he drunkenly hit a pedestrian while driving in Newport Beach then tried to escape the scene by ditching his car and swimming hundreds of yards into the ocean.
James Arlen Peterson, 32, was arrested Friday afternoon at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, where paramedics had taken him after his attempt at escaping authorities nearly killed him, officials said.
Police said Peterson was southbound in the 100 block of 30th Street when he hit a female pedestrian in his Chevy Monte Carlo and fled the scene. The woman suffered moderate injuries to her knee, hip and elbow, said Lt. Rob Morton.