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Malibu Councilman Skylar Peak under investigation in PCH accident

Malibu Councilman Skylar Peak makes his way to a meeting at Malibu City Hall in May 2012. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

Malibu Councilman Skylar Peak is under investigation -- again.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is investigating a Christmas Day accident involving Peak, who officials say crashed through more than 400 feet of three-foot highway reflectors on Pacific Coast Highway near Zuma Beach and then abandoned his damaged GMC truck at the scene.

"He took out some center reflectors on Christmas morning," said Sgt. Mark Bock of the Malibu/Lost Hills station. "It is under investigation."

No other vehicles were involved, and no one was injured in the incident, Bock said.

About 7 a.m. on Dec. 25, a motorist called 911 to report an erratic driver on eastbound PCH near Guernsey Avenue in western Malibu, officials said. The driver later plowed through 400 feet of so-called delineators, which separate eastbound from westbound traffic. Sheriff's detectives found the abandoned truck near Westward Beach Road and identified it as Peak's.

Michael Schwimer, Peak's attorney, said his client would not comment because of the investigation. He added, however, that "Mr. Peak is confident ... he'll be absolved of any wrongdoing."

Peak, 28, was elected last April as the youngest member ever of the coastal city's council. Last July, he was sent involuntarily to a psychiatric hospital for evaluation after a run-in with security guards at a Point Dume shopping center.

The guards alleged that Peak menaced them with scissors, authorities said. Peak, a popular Malibu surfer, denied the allegations and said that guards chased and pushed him after he tripped on a chair. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office declined to file charges in that case. 

Peak acknowledged after that incident that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

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Photo: Malibu Councilman Skylar Peak makes his way to a meeting at Malibu City Hall in May 2012. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

 
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