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Fox News anchor charged after airport arrest

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:36 p.m. HST, May 22, 2014

ST. PAUL, Minn. » A Fox News weekend anchor who was arrested after he allegedly became combative with police at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport may have taken a drug that didn't mix well with alcohol, a police report released Thursday suggests.

Gregg Jarrett, 59, was arrested Wednesday after police were called to the Northern Lights Grill in the airport's main terminal on a report of a customer who was "acting very intoxicated," the report said.

Officers arrived to find Jarrett sitting at the bar — swaying back and forth and using the bar for support — and unwilling or unable to answer questions.

The bar employee told police Jarrett seemed very intoxicated after just one drink. Jarrett allegedly told another customer he'd taken medication before his flight, but he denied that when questioned by police. He told police he'd been drinking vodka since 9 a.m., the report said.

Jarrett was taken to a holding cell for possible detoxification and evaluation, and while there he became agitated, grabbed an officer's arm, and began struggling with police. It took more than one officer to handcuff him, the report said.

Officers found gabapentin pills in his pocket. A search of Jarrett's bag showed he was just released from an alcohol and chemical dependency treatment facility, the report said.

Gabapentin is approved for treating seizure disorders and pain that occurs after shingles, though it is prescribed for a number of other reasons. Side effects can include drowsiness, dizziness and loss of coordination.

Jarrett was charged with one count of obstructing the legal process/interfering with a peace officer. He posted $300 bond and was released from the Hennepin County Jail early Thursday. He is scheduled to appear in court June 6.

Court records don't list a defense attorney, and Jarrett did not return an email seeking comment. A person who answered the phone at Fox asked that The Associated Press call back for him at another time.

Jarrett hasn't been on the air since mid-April. Fox News released a statement Thursday saying Jarrett "is dealing with serious personal issues at this time. A date at which Gregg might return to air has yet to be determined."

A biography on the network's website says Jarrett joined Fox in 2002 and is co-anchor of Fox News Channel's America's News HQ on weekends. Jarrett previously worked at MSNBC and for Court TV. He has a law degree.

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Hotel wrote:
Senator Larry Craig got busted at the Minneapolis airport men's room for "toe taps". Pleaded guilty. Now, another Republican gets busted there. I went to Air Force "stewardess school" there. We never got arrested.
on May 21,2014 | 09:26PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Obama's fault.
on May 21,2014 | 09:27PM
Dawg wrote:
What planet are you from?
on May 22,2014 | 06:08AM
hanalei395 wrote:
That's one less idi0t talking about Benghazi and running down Obama. And it is Obama's fault. (Inadvertently).
on May 22,2014 | 09:21AM
kolohepalu wrote:
on May 22,2014 | 08:42PM
Maipono wrote:
Must be a real slow news day. Why is this news? He got drunk and unruly, and arrested it happens everyday.
on May 21,2014 | 09:42PM
WalkoffBalk wrote:
I don't want to know your name. Fox on the run, and hide away.
on May 21,2014 | 10:16PM
HAJAA1 wrote:
Cannot handle
on May 21,2014 | 11:39PM
kukui_nut wrote:
Breaking News! There are clouds on the Ko'olau's!
on May 22,2014 | 06:14AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Jarrett went from MSNBC to Fox? Reminds me of Groucho's famous saying, "Those are my principals, and if you don't like them...well, I have others."
on May 22,2014 | 07:06AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Who's Groucho?
on May 22,2014 | 07:46AM
loquaciousone wrote:
Someone in Nanakuli who some call Boss.
on May 22,2014 | 08:40AM
lokela wrote:
Small kind stress.
on May 22,2014 | 07:07AM
KWAY wrote:
Send him to Guantanemo
on May 22,2014 | 09:26AM
HanabataDays wrote:
He looks like he must've been undercover, investigating the MN posse comitatus. If there's a snake head in the jar o' shine, son, you probably should say no thanks.
on May 22,2014 | 12:55PM
jbguzior wrote:
while I can understand the medications....what the heck is he drinking at 9am anyway???? And just released from a substance abuse treatment clinic....what the hell. This doesn't sit well....just another drunk/druggie that can't handle. Fox News...you know what to do.....pink slip time.
on May 22,2014 | 01:59PM
kolohepalu wrote:
Another morally upstanding conservative.
on May 22,2014 | 08:41PM
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