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Fate of Newport Beach city official accused of striking wife could be decided Tuesday

March 23, 2010 |  8:52 am
David Hunt

The Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday will consider the fate of City Atty. David Hunt, who was arrested for allegedly striking his wife.

Hunt was arrested on suspicion of felony spousal abuse earlier this month at his Santa Ana home; a 911 call captured the moments after the incident at the Hunt home.

At one point in the recording of the call released by Santa Ana police, an unidentified woman’s voice can be heard saying “lock the door.”

A youth believed to be Hunt's 16-year-old son talked to the 911 dispatcher. “Hi, my dad just went crazy,” the youth says in the 911 recording obtained by the Daily Pilot. “He pushed my mom down and started going after my brother.”

Police claim Hunt, 52, was arguing with his 18-year-old son when his wife, 49, tried to intervene. He was arrested after police responded to a family disturbance at his Santa Ana home the night of March 14.

Hunt hit his wife, police said, causing her to fall and cut her arm on a table. She also hit her head on a tile floor, causing a large bump, police said. The woman was treated and released from an area hospital after the incident.

-- Brianna Bailey, Daily Pilot

Photo: David Hunt. Credit: Santa Ana Police Department