Court documents show criminal past of Coronado pub owner's son

Gregory McPartlin Jr. is tied to a crash in Mexico
Posted at 2:19 PM, Jun 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-21 20:27:50-04

(KGTV) - Documents obtained by 10News show an extensive criminal history for the son of a Coronado bar owner linked to a fatal crash in Mexico.

Court documents obtained by 10News outlined Gregory McPartlin Jr.’s arrest history from 2006-2012, and it includes multiple DUI arrests, drug paraphernalia possession and a hit-and-run case.

In a February 2011 case, McPartlin Jr. was charged with DUI, hit-and-run and driving under a suspended license in connection with an incident in downtown San Diego.

According to the documents, McPartlin Jr. was driving on 19th Street when he struck three parked cars. He then abandoned his car and fled the scene.

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However, he was detained by police a few blocks away but refused to take a field sobriety test.

During his arrest, court documents showed that McPartlin Jr. called an officer “a joke” and said, “Whatever, man, I will get out of this one, too.”

McPartlin Jr. eventually pleaded guilty to all counts in April 2011 and agreed to pay over $30,000 in restitution. In February 2012, he was sentenced in the case to two years in prison, five years of probation and ordered to spend 180 days in a drug and alcohol treatment program.

McPartlin Jr.’s request for a modified probation was denied in June 2012.

Gregory McPartlin Sr., who owns McP’s Irish Pub & Grill in Coronado, wrote a letter on behalf of his son in May 2012 asking that his son be released early.

The elder McPartlin said he was proud of his son’s “successful completion” of the rehab program and felt that his son “appeared to have turned his life around and is now clean and sober.”

On June 11, 2018, Mexican authorities said McPartlin Jr. was involved in a crash in the Playa Encantado neighborhood of Rosarito.

Authorities reported McPartlin Jr. was driving a car that struck another vehicle. In all, four vehicles were involved in the wreck, and one person, identified as Eleuterio Pedraza Sanchez, was found dead after the crash.

A man who claimed he witnessed the aftermath of the crash told 10News the scene was gruesome and “there were body parts everywhere.”

A witness told 10News that Sanchez, a construction worker, was on a sidewalk with his nephew and buying burritos at a food truck when the incident occurred.

Mexican authorities were not able to confirm whether McPartlin Jr. was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash, but it was noted that his case had been resolved and an unspecified agreement was reached.

McPartlin Jr. is no longer in a Mexican jail, 10News learned.

Mexican authorities said McPartlin may have taken the vehicle -- a white 2008 Hummer -- from a woman staying at a nearby hotel. A woman who was staying at Hotel Las Rocas reported that a friend took the keys to her car and apartment without permission and drove away, authorities said.

The same Hummer was involved in the fatal crash.

10News learned McPartlin Jr. was a personal trainer at World Gym in Pacific Beach. Several co-workers said McPartlin was a nice guy who was good at his job, but they were not surprised to hear that he was in trouble with the law.

According to the DMV, because McPartlin was convicted of at least four DUIs, he should not have been behind the wheel.