Wilkos gets educational program after flipping his car
STAMFORD-Reality talk show host Steve Wilkos made a brief appearance at the Stamford courthouse Monday morning and was granted participation in a court diversionary program after flipping his car over in Darien while driving drunk in January.
Judge Gary White granted the Darien resident participation in the Alcohol Education Program and scheduled his next court appearance in a year’s time when he should have completed it successfully.
Wilkos will be assigned up to a 15 week educational aor treatment program and is also required to participate on a panel with drunk-driving victims.
If successfully completed, the charges against Wilkos, 53, would be dismissed. At the time, Wilkos said he was suffering from depression and had a complete lapse of judgment getting behind the wheel while impaired.
The charges against Wilkos came after he flipped his Lexus SUV on West Avenue, near Turnabout Lane in Darien on Jan. 21. Wilkos had a blood alcohol content of .29, or more than three times the limit of .08 -the point at which one may be charged with drunk driving in the state.
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.
Wilkos’ attorney Eugene Riccio told White said his client has been working on the problems that led to his arrest.
“My client has dealt with this issue very seriously and has made great progress in addressing the situation,” Riccio said.