Talk Show Host Steve Wilkos Charged With Driving Under Influence in Darien

Talk show host Steve Wilkos has been charged with operating under the influence in Darien after a crash in January and police said his blood alcohol content level was more than three times the legal limit. 

Wilkos was the bouncer on the Jerry Springer Show and hosts his own show, which is filed at NBC’s studios in Stamford. 

Police said an officer who was on patrol responded to a one-car crash on West Avenue, in the area of Turnabout Lane in Darien, at 4:20 p.m. on Jan. 21 and identified 53-year-old Steven Wilkos, of Darien, as the only person in the car. 

Because of the severity of his injuries, crews took Wilkos to Stamford Hospital for further evaluation and treatment. 

Police said they obtained a search warrant for Wilkos’ medical records, which indicated that his blood alcohol content was .29 percent the afternoon he crashed his vehicle. The legal limit is .08 percent. 

Wilkos turned himself in at Darien Police headquarters Wednesday and has been charged with operating under the influence and failure to drive right. 

Wilkos posted a court-ordered $1,500 bond, was released around 7:30 p.m. 

He is scheduled to appear in Stamford Superior Court on March 5.

NBC is the parent company of NBC Connecticut. 

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