Steve Wilkos Charged with DUI

Steve Wilkos Charged with DUI

Kathy Hutchins

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Steve Wilkos, mostly known for being Jerry Springer’s bodyguard, has been charged with operating under the influence and failure to drive right, after being involved in a single-car car accident last month.

Wilkos told TMZ the crash happened as he was reaching for his glasses, causing him to strike several poles and a tree before the car flipped. Wilkos initially denied there were drugs or drinking involved. He suffered minor injuries.

He now confessed to TMZ, ‘Over the course of my life, I have been struggling with bouts of depression and on the day of my accident, I had a complete lapse in judgment which resulted in me drinking and getting behind the wheel of my car.’

“This experience reinforces my commitment to get the professional help that I need and I have recently completed an intensive medically supervised program”

Cops were able to obtain a search warrant for his medical records, and it was found that his blood alcohol level was a .29%, way over the legal limit of .08%.

He was released after posting $1,500 bond.

Wilkos would fill in for Jerry for more than 50 episodes during the Jerry Springer Show, leading him to host his own show which debuted in September 2007.

Written by Clarke Jones