Activist Jailed in Hit-and-Run

From a Times Staff Writer

Community activist Najee Ali began serving time in Los Angeles County Jail on Monday for identity theft and fleeing the scene of an accident.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Arnold ordered Ali taken into custody after a brief hearing at the Torrance courthouse. Ali is scheduled to return to court April 27, when Arnold is expected to release him for time served.

At that time, Arnold is expected to sentence Ali to five years probation and 1,000 hours of community service.

Ali, the founder of the community organization Project Islamic Hope, pleaded guilty last month to perjury and hit-and-run.


Authorities said Ali crashed into another vehicle on Feb. 22 at Crenshaw and Martin Luther King boulevards, and then ran into a nearby theater. The driver of the other car was hospitalized. At the time, Ali was free on bail on charges of purchasing identity documents to apply for and receive two driver’s licenses.