Hells Angels member behind bars for running down pedestrian

OCEANSIDE (CNS) – A Hells Angels member on federal probation was behind bars Wednesday for allegedly running down a pedestrian following a confrontation outside an Oceanside bar.

Anthony James Medvec, 31, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder about eight hours after the hit-and-run crash on South Coast Highway at Cassidy Street.

The chain of events that led to Medvec’s arrest began around 4 p.m. Tuesday when he and two other patrons of PCH Sports Bar and Grill at 1835 S. Coast Highway began making inappropriate comments to the daughter-in-law of the victim as they and the woman’s husband walked past outside the establishment, Oceanside police Lt. Leonard Cosby said.

The harassment escalated and Medvec allegedly yelled that he was going to hit the trio. The group continued to walk away, but as they were crossing at Cassidy Street, Medvec allegedly sped through the intersection in a white Lexus and struck 60-year-old Michael Dean, who was walking with a cane in the crosswalk, Cosby said.

Cosby said the driver fled, but witnesses followed. Dean was taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido to be treated for a collapsed lung and several broken bones.

Police later determined that Medvec, a documented Hells Angels motorcycle gang member and federal probationer who was required to wear a GPS tracking device, had been driving the Lexus, according to Cosby. The device led officers to his home in the 4900 block of Yuma Avenue, where he was arrested without incident.

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