When Gregg Jarrett, news anchor for Fox News, was taken into custody at Minneapolis-St.Paul Airport for being publicly intoxicated and belligerent around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, he might have been under the influence of prescription drugs that “did not mix well with alcohol,” according to a May 23 report from USA Today gleaned from a police report on the arrest. Airport police arrested Jarrett at the airport’s Northern Lights Grill. In addition to appearing belligerent and intoxicated, police say Jarrett refused to comply with their orders.
An employee working at the Northern Lights Grill said that the 59-year-old Jarrett got drunk after having only one drink. Reportedly, Jarrett told another bar patron that he took some meds prior to getting on an airplane, but recanted that statement when being interviewed by police.
Police arrested Jarrett and transported him to the Hennepin County Jail where he was charged with misdemeanor interfering with a peace officer, according to KARE in Minneapolis. Jarrett remained in custody until the early morning hours of May 22 when he was released after posting $300 bail.
During a search of Jarrett’s belongings, police discovered “gabapentin pills in his pocket.” The police report also revealed that a search of Jarrett’s bag uncovered information showing that the news anchor had recently been released “from an alcohol and chemical dependency treatment facility.”
Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant used to treat conditions ranging from epilepsy to restless leg syndrome, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. "Strange or unusual thoughts" and drowsiness are listed as potential side effects of the medication. Alcohol may add to the drowsiness, the Library of Medicine adds.
Other side-effects listed with gabapentin use include suicidal tendencies and potential alterations to the user’s mental health condition, including "aggressive, angry, or violent behavior." Jarrett hasn’t been on the air reporting for Fox since mid-April. A statement released by Fox said that Jarrett has been dealing with "serious personal issues." Jarrett isn’t scheduled to be back on the air anytime soon. According to that statement from Fox:
"We were made aware late last night that Gregg Jarrett was arrested in Minneapolis yesterday and charged with a misdemeanor," the statement says. "He is dealing with serious personal issues at this time. A date at which Gregg might return to air has yet to be determined."
Prior to serving as a weekend anchor for Fox, Jarrett previously worked for CNBC, Court TV and MSNBC. He joined the Fox News team in 2002. For more on Jarrett's arrest, see the video accompanying this article.