Wilkos applies for diversionary program for drunk driving charge
STAMFORD — Reality show host Steve Wilkos made a brief appearance at the Stamford courthouse to put in his application for a court diversionary program that could erase a drunk driving charge that he picked up in Darien in January.
Wilkos, 53, swore to Judge Richard Comerford that he has not participated in the Alcohol Education Program in the past 10 years, but left the rest of the talking to his attorney Eugene Riccio.
Wilkos, who lives in Darien, is scheduled to return to the courthouse on April 16, when a decision is expected to be made on whether or not he will be allowed into the program.
Sitting on a court bench at the rear of the courtroom in a seat closest to the exit door, Wilkos appeared to be nervous. A woman sitting next to him used Wilkos’ handkerchief to dab sweat off his brow and trademark bald head just a moment before his appearance before the judge.
Wilkos and his attorney declined comment as he left the courthouse.
If allowed to participate in the program, Wilkos will be evaluated by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Wilkos may be assigned to a 10-week educational program or a 15-week program or a treatment program. He may also be required to participate on a panel with drunk driving victims.
If successfully completed, the charges against Wilkos would be dismissed.
The charges against Wilkos came after he flipped his Lexus SUV on West Avenue, near Turnabout Lane in Darien on Jan. 21.
With his car resting on the passenger side of the vehicle, the windshield had to be removed and Wilkos was pulled out, his arrest affidavit said. The first officer on the scene said he could smell alcohol coming from Wilkos, who “was unable to answer any other questions.”
Later after police executed a search warrant for Wilkos’ medical records, it was determined he had a blood alcohol content level of .29, or more than three times the limit of .08 — the point at which one may be charged with drunk driving in Connecticut.