Police: ESPN Radio’s Harry Teinowitz had pot on his shirt during DUI arrest
By MIKE ISAACS Sun-Times Media firstname.lastname@example.org
Sports talk radio personality Harry Teinowitz had fresh marijuana residue on his shirt when he was charged late March 4 with driving under the influence, according to a Skokie police report.
More information on Teinowitz’s arrest emerged from the report that was released this week. The arrest led to an on-the-air apology from Teinowitz, who was suspended from his job on ESPN Radio’s WMVP-AM (1000).
Police did not charge Teinowitz with possession of marijuana, but they reported there was a strong odor of pot coming from his vehicle when he was pulled over in the 3800 block of Greenwood Avenue.
When asked about the odor by police, Teinowitz said the car was recently parked by a valet and those who parked it must have smoked inside, police said. Officers searched Teinowitz for marijuana and then saw marijuana residue on his shirt, the report stated.
Asked by police where the marijuana was, Teinowitz again denied having any, police said. An officer then pointed to a green leafy substance on Teinowitz’s shirt and he had no response, according to the report.
A witness told police Teinowitz was driving a vehicle with dealer plates when he entered the Kennedy Expressway at Addison Street in Chicago. The witness said Teinowitz’s SUV almost struck his vehicle several times. The witness told police he stayed behind Teinowitz and called 911 as Teinowitz eventually exited at Dempster heading into Skokie.
Teinowitz swerved across all lanes of traffic, said the witness.
Police saw Teinowitz swerve to the right side of the road and almost strike the curb before they pulled him over on Greenwood.
Teinowitz had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath and had bloodshot, droopy and watery eyes, police said. He failed all sobriety tests.
Teinowitz told police he was coming from the Blackhawks game before he was taken into custody just after midnight. His blood-alcohol level tested at 0.131 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08, police said.
During processing, Teinowitz told officers that they “could not do this” because he works for the Disney company and he would lose his job, police said. He then asked twice if he could contact Skokie’s mayor, the report stated.
An ESPN corporate spokesman said Friday afternoon: “The company is reviewing the additional information that has come to light regarding Harry Teinowitz, and his suspension from ‘The Afternoon Saloon’ will continue through Monday.”
Contributing: Lew Lazare