Steve Wilkos Charged With DUI After Serious Car Crash

Host of The Steve Wilkos Show survives a car crash in Darien, CT.

By Meg Swertlow Feb 22, 2018 2:31 AMTags
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UPDATE: One month after Steve Wilkos crashed his vehicle, E! News can confirm authorities have charged the TV personality with DUI. 

Wilkos, who originally told TMZ the crash occurred while reaching for his glasses, has admitted otherwise. He shared in a statement with E! News, "On January 21, 2018, I was involved in a serious car accident. I would like to take this opportunity to set the record straight and share that I was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. Over the course of my life, I have been struggling with bouts of depression and on the day of my accident, I had a complete lapse in judgment which resulted in me drinking and getting behind the wheel of my car."

Wilkos registered a .29 percent Blood Alcohol Content, and turned himself in at the Darien Police Headquarters on Wednesday evening. He posted a $1,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on March 8. 

"I am lucky and so grateful that no one else was involved in the accident and truly humbled by the outpouring of love and support," he continued. "This experience reinforces my commitment to get the professional help that I need and I have recently completed an intensive medically supervised program."

Wilkos concluded, "I have built a career on a commitment to help others with their personal struggles and now I am faced with my own. Opening up my personal life to this level has been extremely difficult for my family and me, and I ask for your support in respecting our privacy so that we can all heal and move forward. I am so sorry to my family for any grief and embarrassment I have caused."


TV personality Steve Wilkos has seen his fair share of scary situations as a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, an ex-bodyguard and a former member of Chicago Police Department, but he may have just survived his closest near-death experience to date. On Sunday, the television host was involved in very serious car crash in Darien, CT., E! News can confirm.

Wilkos' vehicle struck several poles and a tree and then flipped over on its side. He was then transported to the hospital in nearby Stamford, CT., TMZ reports.

The Steve Wilkos Show host gave a statement to E! News on Tuesday, "I feel lucky to be alive after seeing my car. I am so thankful to the first responders from Post 53 and our local police department in Darien, CT, as well as all the wonderful people who took care of me at Stamford hospital."

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Two days ago The Darien Times tweeted a photo from the wreck with the caption, "Car flips on West Avenue after striking poles and tree Sunday, driver transported to hospital."

The syndicated talk show host told TMZ that he usually wears glasses when he drives, but he wasn't wearing them before the crash, which he he says occurred after he reached to put on his glasses and hit the curb. It was then he struck the poles and the tree. The former Jerry Springer Show bodyguard also added that he never drinks or does drugs. 

Sadly, Wilkos also said that the same day of his crash that the audio technician for the show and his wife also crashed their car in a similar area and both were killed.

Production will reportedly resume in a few days. 

The Steve Wilkos Show has been airing weekdays since 2007.

(This story was originally published Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 1:07 p.m. PST)