A Pasadena man pleaded not guilty Monday to accusations that he tried to run down six people with his car outside of a Newport Beach bar on Labor Day after women in the group rejected his advances.
Bryan Curiel, 23, is charged with six counts of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon and several counts related to driving drunk the night of Aug. 31 when prosecutors said he sped between 50 and 65 mph in the Newport Beach Pier parking lot — trying to hit six people.
According to prosecutors, Curiel and a friend were drinking at a Newport Beach bar near the pier and then went to a nearby doughnut shop. There, Curiel hit on three women who rejected him. He persisted, even as the women met three more people, two men and a woman, outside of the shop, officials said. Curiel eventually left.
About 10 minutes later and intoxicated, officials said, Curiel saw the group in the pier parking lot and charged at them in his car, hitting one of the men in the foot. Curiel drove onto the sidewalk and slammed to a stop after hitting concrete benches, police said.
Curiel remains in custody in lieu of $1 million bail and is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing Dec. 12.