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Steve Wilkos Charged with DUI in Car Crash ... Admits He lied to TMZ

2/21/2018 4:48 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

6:15 PM PT -- Cops say as part of the investigation into Wilkos' accident, a search warrant for his medical records was secured and it discovered his BAC was .29% and way over the legal limit the afternoon he crashed his car.

A warrant was issued for Steve's arrest, but he turned himself in Wednesday evening in Connecticut. He's been charged with operating under the influence and failure to drive right. He was released after posting $1,500 bond.

Steve Wilkos just confessed to TMZ, he lied when he told us the horrific car crash in which he was involved last month was the result of him being distracted as he reached for his glasses ... he was actually under the influence of alcohol.

We've learned the talk show host was charged Wednesday with DUI in the single-car crash in Darien, Conn.  

We broke the story, Wilkos struck several poles and a tree before the vehicle rolled over. He went to a hospital for minor injuries and his show was put on ice for a few days while he recovered.

Wilkos tells TMZ, "Over the course of my life, I have been struggling with bouts of depression and on the day of my accident, I had a complete lapse in judgment which resulted in me drinking and getting behind the wheel of my car."

He went on ... "This experience reinforces my commitment to get the professional help that I need and I have recently completed an intensive medically supervised program" ... translation, rehab.

Warren Sapp Denies Drunken Attack On Woman ... Claims Accuser Was Wasted

2/15/2018 6:32 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Warren Sapp says he's INNOCENT -- claiming the woman accusing him of drunkenly running her over at a 2015 Super Bowl party was so wasted that night, she's clearly misremembering the facts. 

We broke the story ... Sapp is being sued by Paula Trickey -- who claims she was hanging at an ESPN party in Arizona on Jan. 30, 2015 when a sloshed Sapp came out of nowhere and bowled her over, causing serious injury.

Sapp was served with his summons earlier this week in L.A. when a process server posed as a fan and blindsided him by slapping him with his court summons. 

Now, Sapp's rep, Brandon V. Chretien, is firing back ... telling TMZ Sports simply, "Mr. Sapp was never at the ESPN party where Ms. Trickey is claiming she had a run in with him and no one will be able to produce pictures that suggest otherwise."

"It's on record that Mr. Sapp was hosting an 'NFL Alumni Association' party where Pitbull was performing that evening of January 30th, 2015 and this was a completely separate event from the ESPN party that Ms. Trickey is alluding to."

Sapp's rep also points to the fact Trickey was arrested for DUI after the party -- "Ms. Trickey was heavily intoxicated that evening as she was arrested for DUI at 3:40 am in the morning with BAC of .119, double the legal limit."

"We are consulting with our legal team and we look forward to getting to the bottom of this issue."

USC WR Joseph Lewis Arrested for Domestic Violence

2/13/2018 6:54 AM PST
Breaking News

USC wide receiver Joseph Lewis -- the top-ranked high school WR in the country in 2016 -- was arrested for felony domestic violence Monday in L.A.

Details surrounding the allegations are unclear. We're working on it. 

What we do know ... 18-year-old Lewis was taken into custody around 2 PM PT. Bail was set at $50,000 and he was released early Tuesday morning. He's due in court on March 6 -- the first day of USC spring football.

According to his booking sheet, Lewis is listed at 6'3", 215 lbs.  

USC says the school is investigating the incident -- and in the meantime, Lewis has been suspended from all football-related activities. 

Lewis didn't play a lot in 2017 -- but he was expected to blow up this year.

Colts' Edwin Jackson Suspect Hit with Felony Charges ... In Fatal Crash

2/7/2018 7:43 AM PST
Breaking News

The man who allegedly killed ex-Colts LB Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver while wasted drunk has been charged with 4 felonies ...  and now faces more than a decade in prison. 

37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala -- who was living in the U.S. illegally -- appeared in court today where he was charged with 2 counts of leaving the scene of a fatal accident and 2 counts of drunk driving resulting in death. 

The first 2 charges are Level 3 felonies and carry 3 to 16 years in prison. The next 2 charges are Level 4 felonies and carry 2 to 12. 

On top of that, Orrego-Savala has also been hit with a federal charge for illegally reentering the country after being deported. That charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison. 

As we've previously reported, officials say Orrego-Savala is from Guatemala and illegally entered the country multiple times over the years. He was deported twice before.

He's come under fire by Donald Trump, who on Tuesday tweeted -- "So disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson."

Cops say Jackson and his Uber driver were standing outside their car on the shoulder of a highway in Indiana when they were struck by Orrego-Savala's truck. 

Officials say he was almost 3-times above the legal limit. 

Dennis Rodman Leaves Rehab Begins 'Long-Term Treatment'

1/24/2018 11:42 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

After completing a week at an inpatient rehab center in Jersey, Dennis Rodman is out ... but swears to continue working on his sobriety. 

Rodman had checked in to the Turning Point treatment center following his DUI arrest earlier this month. Now, his rep Darren Prince says he's moving to a nearby outpatient center operated by Turning Point before continuing his long-term treatment in California. 

"He’s been working with psychotherapists as well as in group recovery classes," Prince says ... adding, "[Rodman] has finally been accountable for his behavior from alcohol over the years."

Rodman also commented ... saying, "The doctors and nurses at Turning Point were really cool and made me feel comfortable and understand how I got myself into this position and what I need to do to stay on this path."

Christopher McDonald Charged with DUI

1/24/2018 10:28 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"Happy Gilmore" star Christopher McDonald has been charged with DUI ... TMZ has learned.

The San Bernardino County D.A.'s Office tells TMZ it charged the actor with 2 misdemeanors -- driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.

We broke the story ... Christopher was busted back in October and allegedly tried playing the celebrity card after driving his Porsche off the highway.

Hours before his arrest ... the "Thelma & Louise" star was seen chugging beer during Oktoberfest in Lake Arrowhead, CA. Christopher's arraignment is scheduled for April.

Bam Margera Charged with DUI

1/18/2018 9:56 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Bam Margera has officially been charged with 2 counts of DUI ... TMZ has learned.

The L.A. City Attorney's Office has charged Bam with 1 count of driving under the influence and 1 count of driving with a .08 or higher. If convicted, Bam could face up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine, though that's unlikely. 

Although he's struggled with alcohol abuse for years ... this is Bam's first DUI, and first-time offenders in L.A. County rarely get jail time.

TMZ broke the story ... Bam was busted earlier this month after cops saw Bam on his cell phone. Once pulled over, cops conducted field sobriety and breathalyzer tests before arresting the "Jackass" star.

Bam checked into rehab last week.

Dennis Rodman Enters Rehab After DUI Arrest

1/17/2018 2:24 PM PST
Breaking News

Dennis Rodman has checked into rehab ... again ... in the wake of a drunk driving arrest, his rep confirms. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Rodman was busted in Newport Beach, CA over the weekend -- after cops say he was swerving all over the road and blasting loud music while intoxicated. 

We talked to Rodman's rep, Darren Prince -- who says The Worm has entered Turning Point Rehabilitation Center in Paterson, New Jersey to deal with his alcohol issues. 

Rodman has been to rehab before -- once in 2014 ... and he was also featured on 'Celebrity Rehab' with Dr. Drew back in 2010. 

MLB's Jeremy Jeffress Pleads Guilty In DWI Case

1/17/2018 8:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress has plead guilty in his drunk driving case -- but he's NOT going back to jail, TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported, Jeffress was popped on August 26, 2016 -- and during the stop, cops say he admitted to drinking 3 to 4 cups of Hennessy and Coke before he got behind the wheel.

Jeffress was initially charged with misdemeanor DWI -- which carries a minimum 72 hours in jail in Texas (they REALLY don't like drunk driving there). The maximum is 180 days. 

A rep for the Dallas County District Court tells TMZ Sports ... Jeffress pled guilty to DWI on Tuesday and got the minimum 3 days in jail. We're told the court gave him credit for time served, so he won't have to go back behind bars. 

Jeffress went to rehab following the arrest and rejoined the team about a month later. Sources connected to Jeffress tell us he's taking the situation very seriously and is committed to sobriety moving forward. 

WWE's Eva Marie 'I'm an Alcoholic' ... Went to Jail for DUIs

1/17/2018 7:54 AM PST
Breaking News

Former WWE superstar Eva Marie says she is, and always will be, an alcoholic ... and her disease almost cost her everything before she was able to come to terms with it.

"I will be an alcoholic for the rest of my life ... and admitting that truth saved my life," Eva wrote in an essay for InStyle

Eva says she's been sober 5 years, but hit "rock bottom" prior to coming to WWE -- serving 3 months behind bars for multiple DUIs, and struggling in her personal and professional life.

Thankfully, the "Total Divas" star was able to enter into a 12-step program to get clean ... and says she still attends AA meetings every week to avoid falling off the wagon.

Eva's killing it as a fashion designer and fitness model these days ... but says she's still in a constant battle with alcoholism -- "This fairytale life is always one drink away from shattering."

Update: Eva was a guest on "TMZ Live" Wednesday and spoke candidly about her struggle ... and why she's choosing to speak up now.

MLB Pitcher Danny Duffy Pleads Guilty to DUI From Burger King Bust

1/16/2018 5:22 PM PST
Breaking News

Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy has taken a plea deal after being busted for a DUI back in August, and he won't get any jail time ... TMZ has learned.

Duffy reportedly pled guilty last Thursday and will be placed on probation ... and had to pay a $1,220 fine. He can't do illegal drugs or drink for a year, and will be subjected to random breath, blood and urine tests as part of the probation.

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Duffy was pulled over in Overland Park, Kansas last summer in a BURGER KING DRIVE-THRU after passing out in his vehicle while waiting for his order.

He was cited for DUI in the BK parking lot and sent home with a friend.

Jeremy Lane DUI Arrest Report: 'I Was More High Than Anything'

1/16/2018 2:13 PM PST
Exclusive Details

Seattle Seahawks star Jeremy Lane was being completely blunt during his DUI arrest over the weekend ... straight-up admitting "I was more high than anything" while talking to cops.

TMZ Sports has obtained the report ... which reveals the CB was initially stopped for driving 80 mph in a 60 mph zone. When cops pulled Lane over, his eyes were allegedly bloodshot and watery, and his speech was slurred.

Cops also say they could smell weed coming from Lane's 2006 Dodge Charger ... and Lane admitted to smoking 3 hours before getting pulled over.

Lane agreed to several field tests and had trouble keeping his balance. He also agreed to a breathalyzer ... which showed a BAC of .039 -- as previously reported by Jeremy Lane himself.

When cops arrested Lane for DUI, the NFLer expressed concern over "people thinking he was drunk," ... and confessed "This time I was more high than anything."

The arresting officer explained that he could in fact be arrested for being under the influence of weed ... and even addresses Lane's tweets about the incident, admitting he still probably doesn't understand.

WWE's Jey Uso Arrested for DWI

1/16/2018 1:33 PM PST
Breaking News

WWE tag team champ Jey Uso -- real name Joshua Samuel Fatu -- was arrested Sunday for DWI following a WWE live event in Hidalgo, Texas.

Jey was released on a $500 bond later that day.

Uso was pulled over around 1AM for a routine traffic violation but showed signs of intoxication, according to ProWrestlingSheet. He then bombed the field sobriety test. 

FYI, Jey's twin brother, Jimmy Uso, was booked for a DUI back in 2011 ... and again in 2013 for violating his probation by driving with a suspended license.

The Usos -- sons of pro wrestling legend, Rikishi -- are 5-time WWE tag team champions ... currently holding gold for the company's SmackDown brand.

WWE released the following statement on Jey's arrest -- "Joshua Fatu is responsible for his own personal actions. We are investigating the matter and awaiting information from local law enforcement officials."

Story developing ... 

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