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ABC Action News anchor John Thomas working off air after Friday arrest for driving under the influence



Thomas-dui John Thomas, weekend morning anchor for Tampa ABC affiliate WFTS-Ch. 28, was arrested Friday at about 9:30 p.m. and charged with driving under the influence, according to a police report.

WFTS general manager Rich Pegram said Thomas would not appear on air as an anchor or reporter until the charge was resolved. Rival station WTSP-Ch. 10 reported on Thomas' arrest, quoting police reports saying the 44-year-old anchor was driving across both lanes of traffic and sidewalks before police stopped him.

WTSP also reported that Thomas handed officers his cellphone when asked for identification and had receipts for the Green Iguana and Alibi Strip Club in his pockets.

An employee at WFTS (also known as ABC Action News) since 1999, Thomas was released from Hillsborough County Jail on $500 bond.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 12, 2010 2:16pm]


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