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D.A. charges Hunt with DUI

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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