WESTPORT-- YES Network studio anchor Robert 'Bob' Lorenz, was charged with driving under the influence after allegedly falling asleep at the wheel and nearly crashing into a telephone pole Wednesday morning.
Lorenz listed his occupation as "actor" on his uniform arrest report -- a document that details the personal information of an arrestee -- 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 politely replied, "No. I get that all the time."
Lorenz, a three-time Emmy Award winner, was sleeping behind the wheel of his car with his foot on the brake and the car in the drive gear on Compo Road when police arrived on scene at 3:05 a.m. according to police. When police woke him up, the vehicle accelerated, speeding through an intersection, police said. Officers repeatedly yelled for him to stop, and he stopped the vehicle feet away from a light pole in the right shoulder of Greens Farms Road, police said.
Police say Lorenz was slurring his speech while talking to officers and his breath reeked of booze. He failed the field sobriety tests and later refused a Breathalyzer test, according to police.
Lorenz was charged with operation while under the influence and 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.
According to his biography on the YES Network website, Lorenz is the host of the New York Yankees and New Jersey Nets pre- and post-game shows, as well as the network's Yankees Baseball Daily, Yankees Hot Stove and Forbes SportsMoney shows. Lorenz also has play-by-play credits to his name at YES, including Yankees in-season telecasts, Yankees spring training games, Staten Island Yankees games and Ivy League football.
In April 2011, Lorenz won his third consecutive New York Emmy Award recognizing him as the top sports anchor in New York.
Prior to joining the YES Network in 2003, Lorenz served as an anchor for CNN/Sports Illustrated, which he joined in April of 1991.
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