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Peak Under Investigation for Hit and Run

The latest investigation into the behavior of Malibu Councilman Skylar Peak centers on allegations that he drove erratically on Christmas Day.

Malibu Councilman Skylar Peak is being investigated for allegedly leaving the scene after driving erratically and damaging his truck on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on Christmas Day.

A motorist called 911 about 7 a.m. Dec. 25 reporting an erratic driver on eastbound PCH near Guernsey Avenue in western Malibu, according to Det. David Huelsen of the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff's Station.

"[The caller] said that the truck collided with several of the delineators around Zuma Beach," Huelsen said.

The detective said the erratic driver plowed through 400 feet of the delineators, which are three-foot-tall reflectors that separate eastbound from westbound traffic on PCH, damaging the front of the truck.

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, the detective said.

"The car is abandoned there, partially blocking one of the lanes and leaking fluids," Huelsen said. "The deputies get there and there is nobody there."

The vehicle was identified as belonging to Malibu Councilman Skylar Peak, who was interviewed by detectives at a later date, according to Huelsen.

"[Peak] said he was driving the car. He had his own explanation for what occurred," Huelsen said, adding that the incident is being investigated as a hit and run.

The investigation will likely take a few more weeks before a determination is made if the case should be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, he said.

When contacted, Peak referred all questions about the investigation to his attorney.

Peak's Santa Monica-based attorney Michael Schwimer confirmed Peak would not be speaking about the hit and run allegations.

"Mr. Peak is confident after the investigation is concluded he will be absolved of any wrongdoing," Schwimer said.

Malibu City Attorney Christi Hogin said Peak is accountable to the people who elected him.

"Skylar Peak was elected by the people of Malibu. In a democracy, all our elected officials are accountable to the people. I have no reason to believe that Skylar is not perfectly qualified to serve on the council," Hogin said.

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.

Did you see or hear anything in this neighborhood? Email jessica.davis@patch.com.

Eric Myer January 11, 2013 at 05:18 PM
Well said. He has also missed half of his city council meetings. Enough already!
Andy Lyon January 11, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Thank God none of our City's past council members ever endangered the public leaving their un official dias at Guido's ....give me a break !
Andy Lyon January 11, 2013 at 08:23 PM
Really CeCe ?? " We experienced the effects ( this last summer ) of someone who thought they could manage mental illness with a workout regimen. It ended in suicide." Wait...what happened to it being all about the lagoon ??? Does that mean you aren't trying to blame me for that anymore ? you guys are LAME !!!
Roger January 11, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Seriously CECE? You and your bulldozer boyfriend obtusely blame Andy Lyon and other lagoon protectors for stephanie's suicide and now you come off like a mental health expert? You are so disingenuous! You are a patchaholic, always weighing in on every topic. Do you think anyone cares what you think. Please go back to wherever you came from! And by the way, Skylar, who both you and Steve love so much (PUKE!!) was adamantly opposed to the lagoon destruction project, nor could he stand the idiots proposing the genocide of the ecosystem that you, Woods, Purvey and your ilk supported. So while he may have been all smiles with you, the truth is as he always told me,"keep your friends close but your enemies closer."
Eric Myer January 11, 2013 at 11:58 PM
So much for your objectivity, Andy. Can't you see that this guy has some serious mental health issues that need addressing? When he's not missing half of his city council meetings, he's engaging in displays of gross public negligence. Malibu deserves better representation. We understand why you like him - he's a righteous dude who surfs. That's about it.
Ben Marcus January 11, 2013 at 11:59 PM
http://www.amazon.com/First-Rate-Madness-Uncovering-Between-Leadership/dp/0143121332 In A First-Rate Madness, Nassir Ghaemi, director of the Mood Disorders Program at Tufts Medical Center, offers a myth-shattering exploration of the powerful connections between mood illnesses (depression and bipolar disorder) and leadership. He sets forth a controversial, compelling thesis: the very qualities that mark those with mood disorders—creativity, resilience, empathy, and realism—also make for the best leaders in times of crisis. From the importance of the “depressive realism” and creativity of mentally ill or mentally abnormal figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Martin Luther King, Jr., to the lackluster leadership of “mentally normal” men such as Neville Chamberlain, George W. Bush, and Tony Blair, A First-Rate Madness overturns many of our most cherished perceptions about greatness and the mind and provides a unique insight for understanding our current political leaders and presidential candidates going into the next election season.
Ben Dover January 12, 2013 at 12:24 AM
Regardless of any mental disorder Skylar may or may not have, I'm proud to have him on the council, as he will always do whats in the best interest of the Real People of Malibu.
Roger January 12, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Concerned Local- the reason we support Skylar is that he is the ONLY one on the city council who has our backs. The rest will sell us down the stream. Do they answer to Sharon Barovsky? Hmm, maybe. Either way one needs to just look to anemic fight they put up for the lagoon destruction project and now the proposed sewer system to see where their loyalties ARE NOT. Bi polar episode or not, Skylar shows more sanity and has more backbone then the other four combigned.
Eric Myer January 12, 2013 at 12:26 AM
We are not vilifying Skylar for having a mood disorder. He has our compassion. This does not change the fact that he is not doing his job properly as our elected representative.
Cece Stein January 12, 2013 at 01:24 AM
WOW - Andy and Roger - WOW. PATCH was the first to relate Steph's suicide to the Lagoon, not me, not Steve. Get your facts and your "poor me's" straight. The rest of the press jumped on the bandwagon. The reality is it HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LAGOON, it was purely the lasting effects mental illness. If you really knew her, you would know that. If you lived with her and spent quality time with her, you would know that. The rest of your rants are ridiculous. The lagoon has nothing to do with this thread or our relationship with Skylar. PATCH is not about what YOU ( Roger or anyone else ) thinks of ME or STEVE, it's about the TOPIC - and the truth. I can stand the heat, so I'll stay in the kitchen. Sorry. Our best for wishes are for Skylar. and hope he gets through this.
Niles Akbar January 12, 2013 at 02:53 AM
Hmm, I don't remember Winston Churchill running over 100 yards of roadway dividers, then bailing out of his broken truck & basically leaving on an international trip to Bahrain and India before returning to face the music. Musta missed that one.
Niles Akbar January 12, 2013 at 02:59 AM
Well, don't you agree it wold be sorta nice if he showed up at each and every City Council meeting like the other members generally do? Part of being an adult is adhering to set schedules, acting with decorum in public, driving in an exemplary way and basically setting an example of excellence for others to follow, especially one's youthful peers ad kids in the youth programs Skyler supports. Time to grow up, surfer-boy, and fast. I don't give a rat's patotie about your bi- or quadra-polar personality. People needing meds need to take them. Frankly, I think he should resign for the good of Malibu right away and take care of his problems. In his current state of mind Skyler is a liability to this community in my opinion.
Cece Stein January 12, 2013 at 03:20 AM
So Roger-with-no-last-name-and-only-two-comments-on-his-profile and Andy, how do you feel about Nile's comments? Still wanna blame the lagoon? Skylar needs to get healthy and that's all that matters.
marie January 12, 2013 at 04:24 AM
Lol. Cece, before you start claiming that Patch is the one that reported misinformation about Stephenie’s unfortunate and untimely death, you may want to remember the MANY interviews (including VIDEO) that you and Steve gave to the local media: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/11/local/la-me-lagoon-suicide-20120611 http://www.ivpressonline.com/videogallery/70392361/News/Firefighter-Takes-Her-Own-Life-Over-Malibu-Project-According-to-Boyfriend As for keeping on topic… hahaha, do I also need to post the links where you, Cece, bring up the lagoon when it has NOTHING AT ALL to do with the topic? There's a lot to choose from. Btw, y’all have a pretty interesting idea of an “olive branch.” Must be a torch in one hand and a burning olive tree in the other. Please don’t leave the kitchen, we have strong winds tonight. And I know, I know, everyone is just attacking poor innocent you. You’re just trying to help and inform. Come to think of it, you remind me of someone.
Andy Lyon January 12, 2013 at 04:34 AM
d CEive CE, You have GOT TO BE KIDDING ME !!!
marie January 12, 2013 at 04:35 AM
What Joe said.
Ben Dover January 12, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Niles I believe he was back in town from his trip to Bahrain for a couple of days, and had to leave on another one. All the guy hit was some road markers, BFD.......as far him, "facing the music".....your an idiot
Cece Stein January 12, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Yes we do Marie - pissing match over. I am well versed in my interviews and I am fully capable of taking care of myself. Reality is MENTAL ILLNESS is on the menu. Read up. Stop stalking Steph's death, the interviews, the lagoon and my profile and pay attention to Skylar's needs and his reality. This thread has nothing to do with Steph, Steve or me. But thanks for doing the research to build the smoke screen. I have nothing to answer for or too ( nor does Steve ). That includes you and your little posse of Lagoonies. The lagoon was one of many straws for Steph, not the cause and the press knew that but sensationalized it to sell papers and drive traffic ( PATCH, HUFF POST ). But hey, if the L.A. Times is printing it, the whole truth and nothing but the truth MUST be in it right? That's the American way right? Sorry - truth sucks doesn't it. Yeah - I'm good with the winds. bring it on.
Andy Lyon January 12, 2013 at 04:45 AM
hey concerned local (why don't you put some form of BU in there too, or is that just on your license plate? ) "We understand why you like him - he's a righteous dude who surfs. That's about it." Where did I say that I was praising Skylar ? I was just pointing out that he is FAR FROM the only council person that has taken our lives into their hands on PCH ( or Malibu Rd ;0... no delineators to knock down there ) behind the wheel of a car when they possibly shouldn't have. BTW... Does anybody know where the past council will be meeting now that Guido's is closed ? BWAHahahah
Cece Stein January 12, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Keep pushing the issue away from Skylar Marie, Roger, Andy etc... it works for you but not for Skylar.
Zuma Skipper January 12, 2013 at 05:05 AM
On the one hand Skyler has exhibited some troubling behavior while a Malibu City Councilman. On the other hand I really believe he ran for the office with the best intentions of Malibu in mind. There is a solution somewhere in the middle.
Cece Stein January 12, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Looks like Jessica needs to do her job and moderate her threads. If there are some in this community ignorant enough to think someone would commit suicide for falsely thinking I was sleeping with their boyfriend - especially when it is so far from the truth it's just silly at this point, then they most certainly need to get their heads checked - and FAST. In fact, a mental wellness check-up should be first on their list. Like I said, all this attention is flattering, but the time is better spent thinking about how to help Skylar not attacking me ( or Steve ).
Bob Perkins DDS January 12, 2013 at 05:31 PM
the Patch is a place where innuendo and personal attacks are allowed to take flight. You can say anything you want about anybody, spread rumor, impugn character based on ignorance and prejudice....it is irresponsible and damaging. Too many people get hit by the "friendly" fire.
Eric Myer January 12, 2013 at 05:34 PM
I'm sure that Skyler ran for office with the best intentions of Malibu in mind. But this is not about his intentions. It's about his actions, which have been shown to be negligent and unprofessional. I don't have a dog in this fight. I don't know any of the players who have turned this series of episodes into a prolonged soap opera. All I know is that the city of Malibu is not being served by this self-absorbed lightweight. Time for him to step down.
Cece Stein January 12, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Yes, Bob. You are so right. However, that's what screen shots ( for evidence ) are for and where punitive damages come in. Assumed names have trackable IP addresses. PATCH is accountable legally as well for allowing this behavior. They WILL get hid hard enough and crack down as soon as a sizeable judgement hits the CEO's desk... looks like that might be sooner rather than later if they don't get a handle on it!
marie January 12, 2013 at 06:50 PM
You brought up your friend. You blamed Patch for incorrect reporting. And unlike you, I expect no one reading to just take me at my word. The interviews are on video Cece. What’s that got to do with sensationalized reporting? People can find and watch them all they want. Stalking? Smoke screen? Step back and remember that you and Steve blamed people for her death and it’s pretty naïve to think everyone has forgotten that. And maybe you changed your mind. I get that. But don’t lie about it.
Andy Lyon January 12, 2013 at 07:19 PM
Ohhh looks like cece's threats got joe rudi's comment pulled right away . " If there are some in this community ignorant enough to think someone would commit suicide for falsely thinking I was sleeping with their boyfriend - especially when it is so far from the truth it's just silly at this point, then they most certainly need to get their heads checked - and FAST." but you guys are together now right ?? uhhh....yeah
Andy Lyon January 12, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Yes Marie ! This thread WAS about Skylar, but Cece chose to comment about and try and relate it to Stephanie . Cece ....YOU STARTED IT ! that is the real 411 here
Bengt January 12, 2013 at 07:58 PM
I have had numerous interactions with Skylar. He is a very smart person, and well informed. He does not suffer fools gladly. His public behaviors have the imprint of someone who does not take responsibility for their actions, a certain lack of integrity. This imprint creates perceptions in all of our minds, correctly or not. Who really knows the facts except Skylar? None of us! Yet we all sit in either condemnation or approval of his actions. He will shift into a more elegant pattern of living when he sorts out how to manage his brain chemistry. That management includes diet, exercise, some sort of process to control brain wave functioning such as meditation or NLP practices, etc., including perhaps a medication. This is a path we all have to tred one way or another. Compassion and engagement are the only positive ways to create a better world.
Jessica E. Davis January 13, 2013 at 01:11 AM
This comment thread has gone completely off topic and as a result I am turning off the comment function at this time. For those of you who did stay on topic, thank you for your thoughtful statements and I'm sure I will be writing more about this investigation in the future.

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