Actor ‘anchorman’ David Koechner arrested after failing field sobriety test in Ohio: body camera footage


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David Koechner was arrested for ‘driving a vehicle while impaired’ following a series of failed field sobriety tests administered by Ohio State Highway Patrol officers at the start of the month.

The state of Ohio does not recognize the common terminology of “DUI” (driving under the influence) and instead uses the term “OVI” (Operating a Vehicle Impaired) in its place, which prohibits the use of driving of almost any type of motor vehicle while intoxicated, according to the Ohio Bar Association.

The “Anchorman” actor was arrested in Lawrence County on June 4 after officers witnessed a few “lane violations” while he was driving, and Koechner allegedly refused a breathalyzer test.

If Koechner is convicted of the misdemeanor, he could face “a mandatory jail term of three consecutive days, with a maximum jail term of six months,” according to Ohio law.

“Alcohol…glistening eyes. I could smell the alcohol as I walked towards the car,” one of the officers could be heard saying in the body camera footage.

The “Anchorman” actor was arrested in June for drunk driving in Ohio. He is pictured “I Can’t Believe They Wendt There: The Roast Of George Wendt” on September 9, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
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A rep for the actor had no comment when contacted by Fox News Digital.

The first officer at the scene informed another responding officer, who said Koechner was from “California…says he’s going to Comic-Con in West Virginia.”

As the patrolman approached the car, he said, “Oh my God, you can smell it from here.”

Koechner told the soldier he was traveling from Cincinnati Airport before recalling specific stops on his route before he was arrested.

“How much did you have to drink tonight?”

“One,” Koechner said.

David Koechner was arrested by Ohio State Highway Patrol officers in June.  He is pictured here on stage at the virtual Writers Guild Awards 2022 ceremony hosted by the Writers Guilds of America, East and West in March.

David Koechner was arrested by Ohio State Highway Patrol officers in June. He is pictured here on stage at the virtual Writers Guild Awards 2022 ceremony hosted by the Writers Guilds of America, East and West in March.
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“A beer, or a shot of alcohol or what?” asked the officer.

“No, no. A beer,” Koechner clarified before being recognized by the officer, then asked to get out of his vehicle and walk down the highway to the second patrol vehicle.

Koechner was asked if he needed to wear contact lenses, was in relatively good health, took medication, or had any previous head injuries. He answered “no” to every question.

The patrol officer began administering a field sobriety test and instructed Koechner to follow the tip of a pen with his eyes without moving his head as vehicles passed on the highway.

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Koechner was then given detailed instructions to follow a straight heel-to-toe line comprising nine paces, which he counted aloud for the officers.

At one point, Koechner was instructed to lift one leg and count by the thousands with his arms in the air.

He was then asked to walk back to the patrol car, and the officer placed him “under arrest for driving a vehicle while impaired”.

The film "Presenter: The Legend of Ron Burgundy", directed by Adam McKay.  Seen here are Channel 4 News team from left, Paul Rudd as Brian Fantana, David Koechner as Champ Kind and Steve Carell as Brick Tamland.  First theatrical release, July 9, 2004.

The movie “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”, directed by Adam McKay. Seen here are Channel 4 News team from left, Paul Rudd as Brian Fantana, David Koechner as Champ Kind and Steve Carell as Brick Tamland. First theatrical release, July 9, 2004.
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A person found guilty of OVI could also be fined up to $1,000 and undergo 500 hours of community service, in addition to a driver intervention program. A hearing is scheduled for July 8.

Koechner was also charged with a DUI and a hit and run stemming from an arrest on New Year’s Eve in Ventura County, California in December 2021.

He is known for playing sportscaster Champ Kind alongside Will Ferrell in the 2004 film “Anchorman” and also starred in the 2013 sequel.

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Koechner had a recurring role as Todd Packer on “The Office” and was scheduled to host a trivia party for the show at the Ro-Na Cultural Center in Ironton, Ohio, the night of his arrest.


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