Monday, January 19, 2009
Tampa Fox 13 Anchor Arrested
Tampa, Florida (The Weekly Vice) -- Russell Rhodes, a WTVT FOX 13 news anchor was arrested Friday night after he tried to run from deputies during a drunk driving stop. Eats pavement after resisting arrest.
According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, a deputy pulled Rhodes over after seeing his 2006 BMW driving recklessly, according to the arrest report.
When the deputy stopped the car, Rhodes allegedly exited the vehicle with his pants and belt undone. As the deputy attempted to discuss the reason for the stop, Rhodes tried to walk away from the deputy twice before deciding to run away entirely.
Investigators say, the deputy caught up to Rhodes and asked for his car keys, however Rhodes refused. When the officer attempted to take the keys, Rhodes allegedly jerked them away, prompting the officer to place him under arrest. Rhodes was reportedly knocked to the ground, as the officer attempted to handcuff him.
Rhodes was arrested on charges of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and obstructing or opposing an officer without violence.
He was transported to Tampa General Hospital for treatment and then booked into the Hillsborough County Jail. He was later released on a $500 bond.
Mr. Rhodes was later officially charged with DUI, when it was determined after a blood test, that his blood alcohol level was over the legal limit.