A Costa Mesa man pled guilty to a DUI and hit-and-run this Monday that occurred in Newport Beach, and was sentenced to 163 days in jail, three years probation, alcohol classes and a revoked license. James Arlen Peterson was driving drunk in Newport Beach on July 10th. He hit a woman who was standing by her car and kept driving until he ended up in the ocean. He then got out of the car and tried to swim away from the shore. Police helicopters and lifeguards saw the fully clothed man in the ocean and eventually rescued him. After being checked at a local hospital, he was arrested and taken to jail.
It is amazing that Peterson was not injured after driving into the ocean. Hopefully the victim did not sustain substantial injuries from the hit-and-run.
If you have any questions about driving under the influence, hit and run, or DUI injury cases in Orange County, Newport Beach, Irvine, Santa Ana or Fullerton, please call Orange County Criminal DUI attorney William Weinberg @ 949.474.9700 or 714.834.1400 for a free consultation.