Terry Chick and anchor at Sinclair's KEPR (Pasco, WA) was busted for driving drunk and crashing into a parked truck in downtown Kennewick.
Police arrested Chick following a traffic stop about 2:45 a.m. Sunday.
Chick, 61, was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and hit and run.
KEPR posted on its website and its Facebook page that Chick is currently off the air.
“We are shocked to hear this,” KEPR said. “We are working through our internal process, and we don’t discuss personnel matters outside of our company.”
The Tri-City Herald says A Kennewick officer followed a Mazda driven by Chick after a witness reported seeing the car crash into a truck and leave the scene of the collision, according to court documents.
The Mazda — which had a broken tail light — apparently was swerving on Highway 240.
“I immediately noticed the obvious signs of impairment,” the officer wrote. “(Chick’s) eyes were bloodshot and his speech was slow and slurred.”
Chick told police he was coming from the Branding Iron in downtown Kennewick and drank five beers throughout the night, court documents said. He first denied there was damage to his car, but when confronted with the broken taillight, he told police the damage was old.
The officer then put Chick through several roadside tests to determine if he was drunk.
The station says that Chick is now off the air.