Andrew Enriquez, 26, was arrested about 5:30 a.m. Sunday after he was seen running with an ax in his hands, police said.
He tried to evade officers by hiding beneath a car in the 100 block of Central Avenue, but he was caught, police said.
After he was taken into custody, police determined the man was intoxicated and he admitted having damaged a “Welcome to Pacific Grove” sign on the Recreation Trail near Eardley Avenue, police said.
The sign was broken in half, apparently by the ax-wielder, police said. Damage was estimated at $1,800.