Steve Wilkos

‘I made a mistake that day’: Steve Wilkos opens up after flipping SUV and crashing into tree, poles in drunken accident

Talk show host Steve Wilkos opened up on Tuesday and apologized to the city of Darien after he crashed his SUV last month during a drunken outing in the community on January 21.

As CrimeOnline previous reported, 53-year-old Wilkos forced other drivers off of the road as he sped down the normally quiet West Avenue in Darien, Connecticut, in his SUV. Witnesses said at least two other drivers pulled their vehicles to the side of the road as a drunken Wilkos plowed down the street. The incident ended when the talk show host flipped his SUV and crashed into a tree and poles.

Police didn’t immediately arrest Wilkos after the incident, but rather, he turned himself in a few days later after learning there was a warrant out for his arrest.

Steve Wilkos
Television show host and former bodyguard on “The Jerry Springer Show” was arrested and charged with DUI last month in Darien, Connecticut.[Photo: Darien PD]
Prior to turning himself in, Wilkos was transported to local hospital for minor injuries after flipping his vehicle. Medical professionals gave Wilkos a blood alcohol test, which reportedly registered at .29%. Police later obtained the suspect’s medical records as part of the investigation.

On Tuesday morning, Wilkos, who rose to famous as a bodyguard on The Jerry Springer Show, and later as a host of own talk show, released a statement to local outlet, Darien Times. He expressed his apologies while thanking the community for supporting and standing beside him.

“I would like to express my deep appreciation to the residents of Darien for their tremendous help and support for me and my family in this difficult time. We moved to Darien nine years ago from Chicago. It is our home and where we intend to raise our children.”
“Since my arrest, many Darien residents have reached out to me and members of my family to express their heartfelt support. I cannot adequately describe how grateful my family is for those genuine efforts of consolation to us.”
“I made a mistake that day by driving under the influence and am prepared to accept the legal consequences for my actions. However, since that time I have taken substantial measures to ensure that this will never happen again. Finally, I am particularly grateful that no other person was injured as a result of this incident. Thank you all for your kind and considerate thoughts.”
[Feature Photo: Steve Wilkos via AP/Rich Fury/Invision]