By John Clark
Just days after her famous mother retired from broadcasting, the daughter of Barbara Walters was arrested for a DUI after an altercation with police, according to a report from the Huffington Post.
Sources say 44-year-old Jacqueline Walters Danforth had to be tackled by police so she wouldn’t run into traffic, and she could be facing extensive criminal penalties for her actions.
Sources say Danforth was driving a Honda Pilot around 1:00 in the morning in Naples, Florida, when police pulled her over after receiving calls about a car without its lights on stopped in the middle of the highway.
When police arrived at the car, they claim that Danforth and a male passenger, who is presumed to be her boyfriend, were “extremely intoxicated.”
Indeed, according to sources, Danforth submitted to a breathalyzer test that revealed a blood alcohol content of .218, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.
Events took a turn for the worse when the police officers attempted to place handcuffs on Danforth’s companion. When they made a move towards his hands, Danforth allegedly began shouting and tried to grab one of the responding officers.
After yelling at the police and making attempts to grab them, Danforth apparently looked as if she was about to run into traffic, so police tackled her to avoid further incident.
In the police report, the arresting officer said he “was afraid that the suspect may run into traffic on the highway, so she was taken to the ground due to her unpredictable behavior, then secured in handcuffs.”
Sources say she was eventually subdued and taken to a police station for booking. She was released a few hours later on a $1,000 bond, according to sources.
According to reports, Danforth has kept a clean criminal record as an adult, but famously had a troubled childhood, which involved drug abuse and a successful attempt to run away from home.
Sources also note that Danforth had a series of television specials with her mother in which she candidly discussed her wild teenager years. Walters also discussed her daughters’ troubles extensively in her biography, as well as several other interviews.
When Danforth was struggling with drug abuse, Walters sent her to a rehabilitation program, which helped Danforth recover from her early woes.
Thanks to the experience with her daughter, Walters started her own program for girls with substance abuse issues, but that facility eventually closed.