Fox News anchor released following airport arrest
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett has been charged with a misdemeanor following his arrest at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for allegedly refusing to cooperate with police.
Authorities say the 59-year-old network anchor was arrested about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Northern Lights Grill in the main terminal. Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said officers reported Jarrett seemed intoxicated, acted belligerently and refused to follow orders.
He was booked into the Hennepin County Jail and charged Wednesday with one count of obstructing the legal process/interfering with a peace officer. The jail's website shows he posted $300 bond and was released early Thursday. He is scheduled to appear in court June 6.
Court records don't list a defense attorney.
Jarrett did not immediately return an email seeking comment. A switchboard operator at Fox asked that The Associated Press call back for him at another time.
Fox News issued a statement saying Jarrett "is dealing with serious personal issues at this time. A date at which Gregg might return to air has yet to be determined."
Jarrett hasn't been on the air since mid-April. Fox News told Media Bistro earlier this month that he had asked for time off for personal reasons.
A bio on the network's website says Jarrett joined Fox in 2002 and is co-anchor of Fox News Channel's America's News HQ, on weekends. He is based in New York and has covered a variety of stories, including the George Zimmerman murder trial, the crash of Asiana Flight 214 and the inauguration of Pope Francis.
Before joining Fox, Jarrett was an anchor and correspondent for MSNBC and had worked for Court TV. He has a law degree.