DUI police report on Smokin' Harry

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Posted by DC Komics on March 11, 2011 at 19:35:07:

New details regarding the drunken driving charge against ESPN radio
personality Harry Teinowitz emerged today as the Skokie police
released a report detailing the arrest.

According to the report, police heard a dispatch about a possible
driving under the influence suspect near the 8800 block of Kolmar
Avenue on March 5 around midnight. A driver who saw Teinowitz told a
police dispatcher that he “was convinced [Teinowitz] was either going
to crash or seriously injure himself.”

The report further noted the caller said Teinowitz’s car was swerving
across all lanes of traffic.

Police later spotted a vehicle matching the description given by the
caller and saw Teinowitz’s car “suddenly swerve over to the right side
of the road, almost striking the curb,” according to the report.

When Teinowitz was pulled over, officers immediately detected “a very
strong odor of fresh cannabis emitting from inside the vehicle.” The
officers asked him if he had marijuana in his possession, to which the
radio host replied that he didn’t have any. When asked why the car
reeked of marijuana, Teinowitz replied that his car was recently
parked by a valet, who he said must have been smoking marijuana in the

Unfortunately for Teinowitz, he had a green leafy substance on his
shirt that police suspected was cannabis. Again, officers asked where
the marijuana was and this time Teinowitz didn’t respond, according to
the report.

Teinowitz, 50, told police that he was just returning from the
Blackhawks hockey game in Chicago and agreed to a field sobriety test.
Throughout the process, he was “unable to keep his balance” and
“almost fell over” during one of the tests, according to the report.

The officers ultimately stopped the test because they feared Teinowitz
was going to fall and hurt himself, the report noted.

At the police station, Teinowitz advised police several times that the
officers “could not do this as he works for the Disney Company and he
would lose his job.” He asked several times if he could call “the
mayor,” a request denied him.

Teinowitz, who was suspended as host of "The Afternoon Saloon," had a
blood alcohol content level of .131 and was charged with improper lane
usage and driving under the influence of alcohol. Police decided not
to file charges relating to possible marijuana use.

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