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Fox News anchor arrested just out of rehab: Pill factor in Gregg Jarrett arrest?

Gregg Jarrett's arrest: The Fox News anchor has taken a hiatus from his anchor job at Fox for "personal problems."
Gregg Jarrett's arrest: The Fox News anchor has taken a hiatus from his anchor job at Fox for "personal problems."
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Gregg Jarrett’s arrest details emerge today as the police report suggests that the Fox News anchor may have been under the influence of medication that doesn’t mix well with alcohol. Jarrett was arrested in an airport bar at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on Wednesday and incarcerated until early Thursday morning, according to USA Today on May 23.

The Fox News anchor appeared drunk and became belligerent, causing the staff at the Northern Lights Grill in Terminal One to call the police. Jarrett would not cooperate with police and was ultimately taken away in handcuffs.

Staff at the airport bar said that the Fox News anchor suddenly seemed inebriated after having only one drink. Although Jarret told police he had been drinking vodka since 9 a.m. and this incident occurred around noon.

New reports today claim that Jarrett had just been released from an alcohol and chemical dependency treatment facility. It is not known what substance Jarrett was seeking treatment for. Another patron at the airport bar said that Jarrett had told him he took medication before his flight.

When Jarrett was questioned by the police about telling the patron at the bar that he had taken medication, he denied saying this. Authorities found gabapentin pills in his pocket, a medication that is used to treat a variety of conditions. One of the "off the label" uses of this drug is to help with withdrawal of alcohol or cocaine, according to Recovery Connection.org.

“Jarrett was taken to a holding cell for possible detoxification and evaluation.” It was while the Fox News anchor was at the police station that he grabbed an officer's arm and became very agitated. He struggled with police and reports indicate that it took more than one officer to handcuff him, reports Yahoo News.

One of the better known brand names of gabapentin is Neurontin and it is used to treat a wide variety of medical conditions such as epilepsy and restless leg syndrome. The drug is also used to treat "anxiety, pain, insomnia, restlessness and as an adjudicative mood stabilizer for those with bipolar disorder." This drug can cause suicidal feelings, depression and hopelessness, according to Recovery Connection.

Because this drug works with the central nervous system it comes with a warning to not use alcohol while taking the medication. USA Today reports that this medication comes with a risk that the user may see changes in mental health including “aggressive, angry or violent behavior.”

Fox News released a statement saying that Jarrett is dealing with “serious personal issues.” His return as anchor has yet to be determined. Jarrett’s mug shot from this arrest shows a shocking change in his looks. The usual very put-together anchor looks disheveled and unkempt. The decline in his appearance offers another jolt to his fans.

Jarrett has been a weekend news anchor for Fox for the last 12 years. He was arrested on one count of obstructing the legal process/interfering with a peace officer. He was released from the Hennepin County Jail early Thursday after posting his $300 bail. He is scheduled to appear in court June 6.