Former Costa Mesa Mayor Arrested on Suspicion of DUI Hit-and-Run Outside His Restaurant

Former Costa Mesa mayor Gary Monahan was arrested Monday on suspicion of hit-and-run while driving under the influence, police said.

Monahan was arrested shortly after Costa Mesa officers responded to a report of property damage near Skosh Monahan’s, the former longtime City Council member’s restaurant and bar in the 2000 block of Newport Boulevard, Police Department spokeswoman Roxi Fyad said.

A car reportedly hit a parked vehicle in front of a neighboring business at about 12:30 p.m., police said. Shortly afterward, police made contact with a suspect who came out of Skosh Monahan’s and later failed a field sobriety test, police said.

Monahan was identified as the suspect by witnesses who contacted authorities, police said.

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