Veronica DeKett, a noon anchor and senior reporter at WEVV (CBS), has been charged with two counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated after she was pulled over after a night of drinking.
The Courier-Press reports a police car was following her around 12:50 a.m. Sunday when she reportedly quickly accelerated as the stoplight turned green, according to an affidavit from the Evansville Police Department.
She then allegedly started driving at more than 50 mph and was weaving from side-to-side, according to the affidavit.
A police sergeant turned on the car’s emergency sirens. DeKett reportedly continued to drive for at least another block before pulling into a bank lot.
The sergeant said she smelled of alcohol, her eyes were glassy and her speech slurred. She reportedly said she drank three vodka sodas while barhopping in Haynie’s Corner.
DeKett failed several roadside tests, according to the affidavit. Police said she was belligerent and argumentative at times.
She was administered a portable breath test and registered a 0.19. A second test at the jail gave the same result.
She was booked into Vanderburgh County’s jail shortly after 2:20 a.m. but has since been released, according to online records. An initial court hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning at 8:30.
Station Manager Eric Stremming had no comment on DeKett’s arrest.