CNN New Day Anchor Chris Cuomo crashed his 69 Firebird over the weekend, when witnesses say he was drag racing.
The New York Post Page Six says he was also drinking before the crash.
Page Six writes that Cuomo was boozing at his wife’s swanky magazine party in Southampton before he crashed his classic convertible into a parked SUV during a drag race, sources told The Post.
“They got him away from the scene fast,” a source said. “Everybody heard it. It was a full-blown drag race.”
Cuomo claimed he was not drag racing, but the Post included a photo of a woman standing between Cuomo's car and another and holding her hands up. It appears she is signaling the drivers to start the race.
Page Six writes, “We knew it was him. And then they peeled out and went to where the middle of the train station almost is, and right before that, he lost control, and ran into that Mercedes,” according to a witness.
Cuomo dented the back of the 2014 Mercedes SUV at the corner of Elm Street and Powell Avenue, the sources said.
His wife told him to leave, according to sources. He drove home in his car, with a cracked radiator and leaking fluid, they added.
Cristina stayed and spoke to cops, who later stopped by Cuomo’s home to question him.
“He was drinking, and I believe that’s why he was sent home,” a source said. “Everyone saw the state he was in. When he crashed, it got really quiet.”
A police report makes no mention of the drag race or of drinking, simply stating that Cuomo “was distracted by someone yelling and waving.”
A source close to Cuomo offered the same explanation, saying the CNN host had been waving as he peeled away from the party and lost control.
Other pals have given different stories, saying the woman with her arms up was “pretending it was a starting line” while onlookers took photos. When Cuomo turned away, he bumped into the SUV, the source said.
Friends of the couple have said Cuomo simply hit the gas on his “old car” and it jumped, crashing into the Mercedes.
And one source said, “Chris had a drink at her party, but he certainly wasn’t drunk.”