A 43-year-old attorney from northern California was charged Tuesday with spray painting a boat at Newport Harbor and getting into a scuffle with arresting sheriff’s deputies.
Kristoffer Steven Mayfield was charged with single counts each of grand theft, buying or receiving a stolen vehicle or equipment, vandalism, and resisting a sheriff’s deputy, all felonies, as well as single counts each of battery on a peace officer, damage to or setting adrift a vessel of another and pollution of state waters, all misdemeanors.
Orange County sheriff’s deputies were called at 11:16 a.m. Sunday to Marina Park at 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., said sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis Breckner.
Mayfield is accused of spray painting a sailboat while hurling objects into the bay, Breckner said.
Mayfield was “uncooperative” with responding deputies as he was attempting to launch the boat, Breckner said.
Deputies radioed for backup and when they arrived, Mayfield was arrested, Breckner said. The sailboat did not belong to Mayfield, who was accused of causing $50,000 in damage to the vessel.
As deputies were taking Mayfield away on a harbor patrol boat, he assaulted two deputies, who sustained “minor injuries,” Breckner said. Mayfield continued “to be combative” as he was being put in a squad car by deputies and Newport Beach police, Breckner said.
Mayfield, who was being held on $50,000 bail, was convicted in November of 2017 with driving under the influence in Solano County, so he was facing discipline by the state bar of California.