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911 call released in city attorney abuse case

March 22, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A disturbing 911 call was released one week after the Newport Beach City Attorney David Hunt was arrested on suspicion of spousal abuse.Hunt's 16-year-old son made the emergency call from the family's home in Santa Ana shortly after 8:30 p.m. on March 14.

Hunt's 16-year-old son: "Hi, my dad just went crazy and he pushed my mom down and he started going after my brother."

The anxious teen then handed the phone over to his 18-year-old brother John.

911 Operator: "What happened?"

John Hunt: "My dad freaked out. I don't know what's wrong."

911 Operator: "OK, are they having an argument?"

John Hunt: "Yeah, pretty bad. It would be great if you could send an officer because he's seriously freaked out."

Police said the 51-year-old Hunt had just returned home from a fishing trip when the fight broke out.

"He wanted to discuss the trip that he was on and at that time he and his adult son got into some type of argument," said Santa Ana police Sgt. Anthony Bertagna.

Hunt's son told the 911 operator his father made serious allegations about something before the argument turned physical. At one point during the 911 call, a woman could be heard yelling. Police allege Hunt's wife of 27 years stepped in to break up the argument when Hunt shoved her.

"She struck her arm, cutting her arm and landed on her head and got a large lump on her head," said Bertagna.

Hunt's wife was treated and released from the hospital.

The case was turned over to the district attorney's office. Hunt, who was hired by the city of Newport Beach in 2008, is now facing a charge of felony spousal abuse.

So far, Eyewitness News has not received comment from Hunt.