Accompanied by his wife and his attorney, television show host Steve Wilkos made his first court appearance for a DUI charge on Monday, and asked a judge to throw out a possible conviction.
The Stamford Advocate reports that during a brief court appearance with his attorney, Eugene Riccio, Wilkos applied for a court diversionary program. In exchange for completing the program, he’d like for his DUI charge to be removed from his record. The program, an alcohol education course, would consist of 15 weeks of educational treatment, as well as a mental evaluation by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.
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As CrimeOnline previously reported, 53-year-old Wilkos reportedly forced other drivers off of the road on January 21, as he sped down a 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 pole and trees.
One of the witnesses told authorities that they heard a “big boom and saw the power lines shake.”
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.
Prior to turning himself in, Wilkos was transported to local hospital for minor injuries after flipping his car while hitting several poles and a tree in the process. 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.
Wilkos reportedly admitted that he was reaching for his glasses when the accident occurred. He reportedly said that he’s been battling depression for most of his life, which apparently led to drinking.
It’s still unclear if a judge will grant Wilkos’ request for the alcohol education program. He’s scheduled to return to court on April 16, when he’s expected to learn if he’ll get admitted into the program.
Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Steve Wilkos/Police Handout]