09 February 2012


YES Network studio anchor  Bob Lorenz, 48, was charged with driving under the influence after allegedly falling asleep at the wheel and nearly crashing into a pole Wednesday morning near Norwalk, Conn.

Lorenz listed his occupation as "actor" on his arrest report and he declined to reveal his profession to the bail commissioner at Norwalk Superior Court. After his arraignment, Lorenz was asked if he was an anchor on the YES Network, and he replied, "No. I get that all the time."

In an incident strikingly comparable to the Tony LaRussa DUI case, Lorenz, a three-time Emmy Award winner, was allegedly sleeping behind the wheel of his car with his foot on the brake and the car in drive on Compo Road when police arrived  at 3:05 a.m. according to police. When police woke him up, the vehicle accelerated through an intersection. He stopped the vehicle feet away from a pole on the right shoulder of Greens Farms Road, police said.

Police allege that Lorenz was slurring his speech while talking to officers and his breath smelled of alcohol. He failed a field sobriety test and later refused a breathalyzer test, according to police (LaRussa blew a 0.093).

Lorenz was charged with operation of a vehicle while under the influence and was held overnight on $500 bond. He was arraigned Wednesday afternoon at Norwalk Superior Court, and released on a promise to appear in court. Judge Maureen Dennis ordered him to undergo substance abuse evaluation and treatment.

His next court date is Feb. 29.

There was no comment from the YES Network.

The YES (Yankees Entertainment and Sports) Network is owned by Yankee Global Enterprises LLC, which also owns the New York Yankees.

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