Wednesday, February 08, 2012
UPDATE Westport police early today arrested YES Network personality Robert (Bob) J. Lorenz, 48, of Westport on operating under the influence charges after he was found slumped behind the wheel of a stopped vehicle at the intersection of Bridge Street and Compo Road South.
Lorenz, a three-time Emmy Award-winner, hosts the Yankees pre- and post-game studio broadcasts on the cable network. He has been a Westport resident since 2005 and hosts the Yankee game broadcasts at the YES Network facility in Stamford.
Police said Officer John Cabral found Lorenz in the driver’s seat and unresponsive at about 3 a.m. with the vehicle’s engine idling with the transmission in drive.
“Lorenz awoke and accelerated slowly through the intersection while officers alongside the vehicle yelling for him to stop, which he did just short of striking a light pole on the right shoulder of Greens Farms Road,” a police statement said.
“He then shut off the vehicle and rolled the driver’s window down. Officers were unable to comprehend his mumbled speech and could smell a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath. He failed the field sobriety tests and was taken into custody.”
Police said he refused to submit to a breath test.
Unable to post bond, he was taken to Norwalk Superior Court this morning for arraignment, police said.
A court clerk said Lorenz was released on a promise to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Feb. 29. Today’s arraignment was considered his first appearance, and he was represented by a public defender, a common practice until the defendant can come up with his own attorney.
According to a YES Network biography, Lorenz is YES’s primary studio anchor. It says he is host of the New York Yankees and New Jersey Nets pre- and post-game shows, as well as the network’s Yankees Baseball Daily, Yankees Hot Stove and Forbes SportsMoney shows.
Lorenz also has play-by-play credits to his name at YES, including Yankees in-season telecasts, Yankees spring training games, Staten Island Yankees games and Ivy League football, according to the biography.
In April 2011, Lorenz won his third consecutive New York Emmy Award recognizing him as the top sports anchor in New York, YES said.
Prior to joining the YES Network in 2003, Lorenz served as an anchor for CNN/Sports Illustrated, which he joined in April of 1991. He hosted CNN’s signature weekly sports programming, including NFL Preview, College Football Preview, This Week in the NBA, SI Cover to Cover and Page One, according to the biography.
Lorenz is on the Honorary Event Committee for the Connecticut chapter of Make-A-Wish and, every year since 2007, he has emceed its annual Make-A-Wish Ball, YES said.
He holds a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Posted 02/08/12 at 09:22 PM