Judge issues warrant for fugitive son of former ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ star

TV personality Lauri Peterson attends the premiere party for Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Orange County" 10-year celebration at Boulevard3 on June 16, 2016 in Hollywood, California. An O.C. judge issued a warrant for Peterson's son on Friday after he failed to appear in court on drug charges.
TV personality Lauri Peterson attends the premiere party for Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Orange County" 10-year celebration at Boulevard3 on June 16, 2016, in Hollywood, California. An O.C. judge issued a warrant for Peterson's son on Friday after he failed to appear in court on drug charges. Photo credit Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
By , KNX 1070 Newsradio

The son of former "Real Housewives of Orange County" cast member Lauri Peterson is now considered a fugitive. Joshua Waring, 32, was scheduled to appear in court for two drug charges last week, but he failed to do so.

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Orange County Superior Court Judge John Zitney issued a warrant for the arrest of Waring on Friday, according to court records obtained by City News Service. Waring could receive additional jail time for violating the terms of his parole related to a 2016 shooting in Costa Mesa.

Waring was released from jail in March of last year after pleading guilty to four felony charges as part of a plea deal to avoid additional jail time. That case received media attention for revealing the improper taping of phone calls between Orange County Jail inmates and their attorneys.

The wire service reported that Waring alleged in his federal lawsuit that a sheriff's deputy threatened to “choke your ... ass out and get a promotion'' when Waring questioned the deputy about correspondence from his attorney being opened.

Waring stands to receive a settlement from the county related to the allegations of improper taping and that he was retaliated against by deputies while in custody for speaking up. County attorneys proposed a settlement on Monday, but the proposal still requires approval by the Board of Supervisors.

In March 2020, Waring pleaded guilty to assault with a firearm and leading police on a chase and two counts of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. All four are felonies, but it was reduced from his original charges of three counts of attempted murder. Waring was facing 65 years to life in prison for the June 20, 2016 shooting of Daniel Lopez in Costa Mesa.

For pleading guilty to the four felonies, Waring was instead sentenced to time served in jail awaiting trial.

Before Waring was released, Orange County Superior Court Judge Jonathan Fish urged him to stay off drugs, the L.A. Times reported.

“You’re a different guy than you were two years ago,” Fish said.

“Somewhere inside of you, I’ve seen a kid with a lot of … intelligence, and I hope that you take advantage of it.”

Former O.C. reality star Peterson told reporters following her son's plea deal last year that he wanted to pursue a career in law. However, Waring has struggled to keep off law enforcement’s radar since his March 2020 release.

He was arrested in June 2020 in Huntington Beach and charged in September for three misdemeanor drug charges. Waring was again arrested on May 8, 2021, after being accused of possessing fentanyl and methamphetamines while riding in a stolen rental car, Orange County sheriff's Sgt. Todd Hylton told City News Service.

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