Hit and Run Investigation into Malibu Councilman Heading to D.A's Office

Malibu Councilman Skylar Peak is accused of driving erratically on Pacific Coast Highway on Christmas Day.

The investigation into hit and run allegations against Malibu Councilman Skylar Peak is expected to be handed over to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office this week.

"I’m going to be submitting that to the D.A.’s office probably this Wednesday or Thursday," said Det. David Huelsen of the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff's Station.

Huelsen said the decision on whether to file charges will be up to prosecutors. He added that he will make a recommendation on any charges, but he did not wish to share his decision.

"Even if we think it is nothing, we submit it," Huelsen said.

Peak is accused of leaving the scene on Christmas Day after driving erractically and plowing through 400 feet of delineators, which are three-foot-tall reflectors that separate eastbound from westbound traffic on PCH, damaging the front of the truck.

A motorist called 911 about 7 a.m. Dec. 25 reporting an erratic driver on eastbound PCH near Guernsey Avenue in western Malibu, Huelsen said.

The 911 caller lost sight of the truck and decided, "'I better try to find this car. I’m afraid this person maybe a danger to others on the roadway,'" according to Huelsen.

The truck was found near Westward Beach Road, but the driver had left the area, the detective said.

The vehicle was identified as belonging to Malibu Councilman Skylar Peak, who was interviewed by detectives, according to Huelsen. The detective said Peak had an explanation of what occurred.

When contacted last month, Peak referred all questions about the investigation to his attorney, Michael Schwimer. Schwimer said he believed his client would be absolved of any wrongdoing.

Last year, the D.A.'s Office opted to not file charges against Peak stemming from an investigation into his alleged behavior at a Malibu shopping center.

The investigation began on July 11 following allegations that Peak, wearing a Speedo swimsuit, threatened security guards at the Point Dume Village with part of a pair of scissors.

Peak, who said afterwards he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, was checked into a county hospital and underwent a psychological evaluation. 

Due to the investigation, the Malibu City Council voted against appointing Peak as mayor pro tem even though he was the top vote getter in April's election. Instead, Joan House was appointed to the position.

Dee Rivellino February 06, 2013 at 05:50 PM
I'm always shocked that a supposedly responsible City Council does not know when to draw the line.....When do they stop enabling this young man and get him some help LIKE restricting his participation in Council activities until he is well and functional again. They cannot force him to seek help but they can demand behavior that doesn't endanger himself or anyone else.
Eric Myer February 06, 2013 at 08:50 PM
I couldn't agree more. Too bad it's so difficult to recall him. Maybe this will motivate people to pay more attention in the next election cycle.
John February 06, 2013 at 10:32 PM
Awesome. He beat up a photographer, ran around the shopping center with a scissor, and ran-amuck with his truck. He sounds more like a congressman than a city council member. I hope people will make better decisions about who they elect to office next time.
J. Flo February 06, 2013 at 11:33 PM
"I hope people will make better decisions about who they elect to office next time." That advice extends far beyond Skylar Peak.
Ben Dover February 07, 2013 at 12:58 AM
SAS- Can you remind the rest of us what any of the other council members have done to better our city?
Ben Dover February 07, 2013 at 01:32 AM
John- I'm sorry, he didn't beat up a photographer, that was a minor push and shove with a paparazzi scum bag who was trespassing. As far as running around with a scissor, it was half a scissor and the kind you find in a cheap first aid kit or an arts and crafts box for a bunch of children. I'm surprised you didn't mention he was wearing a speedo. That would probably be strange if he was in Nebraska, but considering he is a lifeguard, surfer, and waterman, and the shopping center is a block from the beach, not too strange. As far as better decisions on who to elect next time, Skylar will always do what's best Malibu, and I'm talking about the real Malibu, not the New Beverly Hills Addition. Oh and the Hit and Run, BFD.....it was a bunch of delineators, who exactly are you supposed to report that to?
Ken Griffen February 07, 2013 at 01:32 AM
How did he get elected in the first place. I guess a popular father can reap big benefits?
Jack February 07, 2013 at 01:43 AM
If the county council is a representative sampling of the community...we're all in trouble!
GHG February 07, 2013 at 08:17 AM
27 miles of scenic backstabbing @ Patch


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