Before getting his own talk show, Steve Wilkos appeared in a series of special episodes on The Jerry Springer show called “Steve to the Rescue.” Now, it looks like Steve is the one who needs rescuing. The talk show host and former police officer was arrested this week and charged with driving under the influence.
The arrest stemmed from a motor vehicle accident on January 21, in which Wilkos smashed into several poles and a tree before totaling his vehicle.
Wilkos was transported to a local hospital via ambulance after the crash and his blood-alcohol level was measured at .29% — which is over the legal limit.
— The Darien Times (@DarienTimes) January 21, 2018
On the night of the accident, Wilkos claimed he had been reaching for his glasses and lost control of his vehicle, resulting in the crash.
Now, though, Wilkos has come forward in a statement and admitted that his previous story was actually a complete fabrication.
“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,” said Wilkos.
“This experience reinforces my commitment to get the professional help that I need and I have recently completed an intensive medically supervised program.”
Wilkos turned himself into the Darien, Connecticut police department on Wednesday after learning there was a warrant for his arrest.
A marine corps veteran and a former Chicago police officer, Wilkos first came to prominence as the head of security on The Jerry Springer Show from 1994-2007.
After he spent time filling in for Springer with his “Steve to the Rescue” episodes, NBCUniversal greenlit a new series hosted by Wilkos, now in its eleventh season. Wilkos is due to appear in the Stamford Superior Court on March 5.