Barbara Walters' Daughter Charged with DUI in Florida

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Associated Press Release

NAPLES, Fla. (AP) -- The daughter of broadcast journalist Barbara Walters has been charged with driving under the influence in southwest Florida.

The Collier County Sheriff's Office reports that 44-year-old Jacqueline Walters Danforth was arrested early Sunday and later released on $1,000 bail.

Deputies reported finding Danforth and a male passenger in an SUV on the side of Interstate 75 near Naples. Both occupants reportedly had trouble walking. Authorities say Danforth was arrested after refusing a field sobriety test. A breath test given at the jail recorded a blood alcohol level of 0.218 percent. Florida law considers a driver impaired at 0.08.

Walters, who adopted Danforth as a baby, has discussed her daughter's struggles with drug abuse in the past.

Jail records didn't list an attorney for Danforth. Court records show a hearing is scheduled for June 12.

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