Former Fox News host and reporter Ed Henry arrested in Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol

July 12, 2023
Ben Marquis

Ed Henry, a former White House correspondent and anchor for Fox News who now works for the Real America's Voice network, recently found himself in a bit of legal trouble.

Henry was arrested on June 20 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol following a mechanical mishap with his vehicle while driving around West Palm Beach, Florida, according to the Conservative Brief.

Reporting on the incident indicated that although Henry appeared to pass a blood-alcohol breath test and was below the legal limit for blood-alcohol content, he nonetheless failed multiple field sobriety tests administered by a law enforcement officer, who likely took the journalist into custody as a precaution.

Pulled over and arrested on suspicion of DUI

RadarOnline reported that on June 20 around 8 pm, a Palm Beach County Sheriff's deputy arrested Henry shortly after he was observed driving in his Cadillac Escalade on a flat tire with the metal rim scraping the road.

Per the deputy's report, obtained exclusively by the outlet, Henry may have been unaware of the severity of the issue with his vehicle, as he reportedly drove at a normal rate of speed and made a turn that caused the truck to completely lose the damaged tire.

"In doing this the front driver’s (side) tire came off the rim and rolled into the eastbound lanes almost striking an oncoming vehicle," the deputy wrote. "That vehicle had to apply (its) brakes and swerve to avoid being hit by the tire."

Henry then pulled his vehicle into a Cadillac dealership and told the deputy that he had gone there to get the tire fixed. However, according to the report, the deputy smelled alcohol on Henry's breath and noted that he had "glassy and bloodshot eyes … His gait was unsteady. His speech was slightly slurred."

The report went on to state that Henry was "cooperative and polite" and admitted to having drank some bourbon a few hours earlier. However, the deputy also noted that the journalist failed certain aspects of three different parts of the field sobriety test, and though he blew slightly less than the legal limit of 0.08 in a blood alcohol breath test, he was placed under arrest.

Attorney "confident" that Henry will beat charge

According to the arresting deputy, Henry was described as "calm" and "quiet" following the arrest and invoked his right to counsel as he refused to answer any additional questions. Per the booking blotter for the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Henry was booked in at 10:46 pm on June 20 and was released on his own recognizance with no bond at 5:18 am on June 21 with a DUI charge.

As for the possible punishment he will now face if found guilty of DUI, according to Florida statute 316.193, and presuming that this is a first offense, Henry could be sentenced to jail for six months or less and be fined for an amount between $500-$1,000.

RadarOnline reported that Henry's attorney, David Tarras, told the outlet that he is confident that his client will beat the charge against him and said in a statement, "Mr. Henry cooperated with law enforcement during their investigation. He respectfully provided a sample of his breath that was below a .08, and thus below the legal limit in Florida."

"Mr. Henry and his legal team continue to cooperate with the State Attorney’s Office for Palm Beach County and are confident in a just result," the attorney added.

Fired from Fox News for "willful sexual misconduct"

The Daily Caller also reported on the DUI incident involving Henry and noted that it followed his being fired from Fox News in 2020 in relation to allegations of criminally inappropriate sexual behavior by a colleague.

Henry had been accused by network associate producer Jennifer Eckhardt, who admitted to an initial "consensual relationship" with Henry beginning in 2017, of subsequently sexually harassing and even raping her between 2017 and 2020, which resulted in Fox News terminating his contract for "willful sexual misconduct."

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