Fox News weekend anchor Gregg Jarrett was arrested in a bar at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport according to a Friday report on the Star Tribune.com. The incident occurred on Wednesday when officers were called to the Northern Lights Grill where they found Jarrett, apparently intoxicated and resisting arrest. He was charged in the Hennepin Co. District Court with misdemeanor charges of obstructing the legal process and interfering with a police officer.
The information released regarding the incident is unclear about the substances involved. A bar employee reportedly only served Jarrett one drink, but one witness claimed he watched him taking medication. The arresting officer found three pain pills in his pockets that should never be mixed with alcohol. The Star Tribune reports that the airport officials stated Jarrett was in Minnesota for rehab and there were documents in his things that stated he had just been discharged.
Fox News hasn’t said much except that Gregg Jarrett was dealing with “serious personal issues at this time.” He had been on personal leave since sometime in May. According to CNN, the Fox News anchor spent 12 hours in jail before being released on $300 bond. He has an upcoming court appearance on June 6.
In arrest photos, Jarrett, 59, was sporting a full, almost-grey beard. He normally looks quite well-groomed in his role at Fox News where he frequently covers legal stories. He has a law degree from University of California Hastings School of Law. He came to Fox News from MSNBC in 2002. There has been no mention of when or if he will return to the weekend news desk at Fox News. Most corporate medical plans now cover rehab treatment for substance abuse, but the legal charges based on his behavior, which included grabbing the arm of an officer, are not going to be quite as easy to explain away.