Wow, Page Six and the New York Post just can’t get a break. In the latest of mishaps for the gossip column and paper, the gossip column’s editor Richard Johnson (shown above in happier times) Thursday night for driving under the influence. Perez Hilton first broke the news, and TMZ has posted more details on the arrest.
Manhattan Police pulled over the 52-year-old Johnson in his 2005 Ford Escape, alleging he was “intoxicated… had watery and bloodshot eyes, had slightly slurred speech and had the odor of an alcoholic beverage on his breath.” The criminal complaint also says that Johnson “refused” to take a breath test.
Johnson has been charged with one class D felony count of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while impaired. Manhattan DA spokesperson Edison Alban says Johnson will be back in court to enter a plea on July 31st. If convicted on all counts, Johnson could face up to 7 years in prison.
Johnson’s attorney Edward Hayes tells TMZ “Richard went out for a couple fo beers after playing basketball, nobody got hurt, there was no accident. I don’t think he was drunk, he might have had one beer too many.”
Here’s my beef with Richard Johnson – why not just have a driver waiting for you if you know you’re going to be in a situation like that? How else do you think I get home from work every night without moving down half of New York City. Live and learn I guess.
Page Six Editor Arrested [TMZ]