D.A. charges Hunt with DUI

Former city attorney's blood-alcohol content registered at .11 at the time of his arrest, according to criminal complaint.

October 13, 2011

The Orange County District Attorney's Office has charged former Newport Beach City Attorney David Hunt with misdemeanor drunk driving.

Hunt was driving with a blood-alcohol level of .11 when he hit a parked car last month, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday. The legal limit is .08 in California.

Hunt, 54, was arrested Sept. 30 by Newport Beach police after he allegedly hit a car parked in a lot on the west end of Ford Road near Mesa View Drive at about 7:30 p.m.


He's scheduled to be arraigned Nov. 14 at the Harbor Justice Center in Newport Beach.

Hunt left his position as city attorney Sept. 6 because of concerns over his office's escalating budget. The city kept his services through a contract with Irvine-based Friedman Stroffe & Gerard.

City Atty. Aaron Harp, however, terminated that contract following Hunt's arrest.

This is Hunt's second run-in with police in two years. In March 2010, he was arrested at his Santa Ana home on suspicion of domestic violence. No charges were filed in that case.

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