WKRN dismisses Schmitt after second DUI arrest

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 1:54pm
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Brad Schmitt

Brad Schmitt, who has served as an entertainment reporter for both The Tennessean and more recently for WKRN-Channel 2, was dismissed from the station on Monday following a weekend DUI arrest. This was Schmitt's second DUI in three years.

Matthew Zelkind, news director and station manager, told The City Paper that "Schmitt and News2 have parted ways." He declined to comment further on personnel matters.

A Metro police officer observed Schmitt driving his vehicle North on Dickerson Road Saturday night without his headlights on and pulled him over. In his report, the officer noted the "obvious odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle," adding that the "defendant appeared to be intoxicated and was seen to have watery, bloodshot red eyes."

Schmitt admitted to the officer that he had been drinking earlier and consented to a field sobriety test, but he refused to take a breathalyzer test. He was arrested and admitted after his Miranda rights had been read that he had been convicted of a DUI in 2007.

Schmitt was not immediately available for comment.  

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9 Comments on this post:

By: shinestx on 2/24/10 at 9:12

Too Brad for you! You need to get help, man!

By: localboy on 2/24/10 at 9:56

Finally he's off the road

By: lockman31 on 2/24/10 at 12:31

didn't "Brad about you" used to be a councilman at large, or did he just run and lose?

By: JohnGalt on 2/24/10 at 1:39

Schmitt does look a little like councilman Ronnie Stein, but Stein's legal problems involve shoplifing not DUI.

By: KayClary on 2/24/10 at 7:49

But for the grace of God - or a bit of luck - go you or I --- anyone who drives after two drinks which is probably A LOT of people reading this. Brad's a great guy and one of the funniest and most well-liked people in Nashville. Losing your job under any circumstances totally sucks. He screwed up but enough with the careless jokes at his expense.

By: localboy on 2/25/10 at 10:18

Sorry sport, but where's the careless jokes here? shinestx made one play on words and that's it. According to the article, "In his report, the officer noted the "obvious odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle," adding that the "defendant appeared to be intoxicated and was seen to have watery, bloodshot red eyes."" Sounds like a bit more than two drinks. Yes it is sad, the gentleman is a good reporter, but this also isn't the first time this has happened, is it? So shinestx's admonition also would seem to be appropriate.

By: KayClary on 2/25/10 at 5:41

Yes, you're right. I went into hyperbole territory trying to defend someone I like from snide, anonymous posts. It's a fact that two drinks can blow .08 depending on your weight, the beverage and the time frame.

By: localboy on 2/26/10 at 5:00

Good point

By: Brent824 on 3/1/10 at 9:32

It's sad that he lost his job over this. Unless he was drunk while on the clock, I don't see how it has anything to do with how he performes the duties of his job,