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Yankees TV host Bob Lorenz charged with DUI

Stamford Advocate
Updated 2:32 pm, Thursday, February 9, 2012

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  • The YES Network's Bob Lorenz, of Westport, anchors the Yankees pre-game show at the network's studio in Stamford, Conn. on Thursday, July 23, 2009. Lorenz was charged with driving under the influence on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 in Westport. Photo: CHRIS PREOVOLOS, ST / Stamford Advocate

    The YES Network's Bob Lorenz, of Westport, anchors the Yankees pre-game show at the network's studio in Stamford, Conn. on Thursday, July 23, 2009. Lorenz was charged with driving under the influence on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 in Westport.

    Photo: CHRIS PREOVOLOS, ST

 

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WESTPORT -- Emmy Award-winning Yankees TV host Bob Lorenz was arrested on drunk driving charges early Wednesday morning after police say he was found slumped over the wheel of a vehicle stopped at an intersection.

Lorenz, of Bittersweet Lane, hosts Yankees and New Jersey Nets pregame and postgame shows on the YES Network, which houses its studio operations in Stamford. He was found by police at Bridge Street and Compo Road South and charged with driving under the influence.

The 48-year-old has won three straight New York Emmys recognizing him as the top sports anchor in the New York market. He joined YES in 2003 after a 12-year tenure at CNN.

Police said they found Lorenz in the driver's seat, unresponsive, with the vehicle's engine idling with the transmission in drive.

Lorenz awoke and accelerated slowly through the intersection while officers ran alongside the vehicle yelling for him to stop, which he did, just short of striking a light pole on the right shoulder of Green's Farms Road, police said. He then shut off the vehicle and rolled down the driver-side window.

Officers were reportedly unable to comprehend his mumbled speech and could smell a "strong odor" of alcohol on Lorenz's breath, police said. He failed subsequent field sobriety tests, police added.

Lorenz was unable to post bond and was brought later Wednesday to Norwalk Superior Court for arraignment.

In addition to his pregame and postgame studio duties, Lorenz hosts the station's Yankees Baseball Daily, Yankees Hot Stove and Forbes SportsMoney shows.

He has also been used as an occasional play-by-play announcer for Yankees regular-season and preseason games and on Staten Island Yankees and Ivy League football broadcasts.

Eric Handler, a spokesman for the YES Network, declined comment on the arrest.