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Disastrous Drive Ends in Man's Arrest

November 25, 2001|From Times Staff Reports

A suspected drunken driver was arrested Saturday in Costa Mesa after he allegedly drove his pickup into a pedestrian, a minivan and a fire hydrant--all within a few blocks, police said.

The truck hit the pedestrian near El Rio Circle and El Camino Drive, then struck the fire hydrant and finally, with police in pursuit, rammed a minivan in the 1100 block of Baker Street, said Police Lt. Daley Birney.

The pedestrian, 80-year-old Nirola Semerdjiev, was treated at Hoag Hospital for a broken right leg and hip.

Police arrested Michael McGinness of Riverside on suspicion of drunk driving, hit-and-run driving and driving on a suspended license. He was held Saturday evening at the City Jail in lieu of $65,000 bail.

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