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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.
— The Darien Times (@DarienTimes) January 21, 2018
Written by Clarke Jones