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Jackie Warner

Sleep Driving: Fitness Guru Jackie Warner claims Ambien defense In DUI, cop assault

by Alan Duke, Reporter & 'Crime Stories With Nancy Grace' Co-host

Fitness guru Jackie Warner blames a sleeping pill for her weekend drunk driving arrest, in which she allegedly tried to hit a Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy with her Porsche.

Warner, best known for her Bravo TV show, Work Out,  said she took one Ambien pill before laying down to sleep Friday evening. When Warner woke up, she was surrounded by deputies in a hospital emergency room, she said. Everything after she went to bed was a total blank for her, she said.

The police report accuses Warner of driving into a utility pole before backing into the deputy’s cruiser. Warner was charged with drunk driving and felony assault with a deadly weapon. She was freed on $50,000 bond.

Warner, 48, acknowledged having a drink during a business dinner before taking an Uber ride home on Friday evening.

Nancy Grace and Alan Duke explore Warner’s Ambien defense in this “Crime Stories” episode.

[Feature Photo: AP/Jeff Christensen]

Alan’s journalism career began as a way to pay for his plan to become a lawyer, but he soon realized being a courtroom reporter was a lot more fun than sitting at a defense table. Duke covered many of the nation’s most sensational crime stories over his 26 years at CNN. Duke’s closely covered domestic terrorism cases for CNN, including the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, the UNABOMBER and search for Southeast bomber Eric Robert Rudolph. CNN moved Duke to Los Angeles in 2009 to cover the entertainment beat, much of his time was spent talking to cops, coroners and lawyers. His reporting on the investigation that followed Michael Jackson’s death — and two subsequent trials — included many revelations about the singer’s life and death.   Since leaving CNN in 2014, Duke has contributed to the Reelz Channel “Copycat Killers” documentary series. He is a co-founder and editor-in-chief for LeadStories.com.