In an interview with KARE (watch above), Stensrud said she has not watched the entire video of the slurred newscast. Her performance that night not the result of drinking but because of a bad reaction to anti-anxiety medication she was taking, she said. Read more
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Stensrud was arrested for DUI just two weeks after she appeared intoxicated during a KEYC Sunday-night newscast, which she said at the time was due to medication she was taking. Stensrud pleaded guilty to the DUI charge in March.
Stensrud will avoid a 1-year jail term if she follows the conditions of her probation. She was ordered to pay $1,015 in fines and fees, according to the AP.
Stensrud, the weekend anchor at the Mankato CBS-affiliate, was arrested for DWI in December. WCCO reports that Stensrud’s blood alcohol was 0.31, nearly four times the legal limit.
The anchor’s DWI arrest was just two weeks after she appeared to be slurring her words during a KEYC newscast. At the time, Stensrud said she had been “sick for some time” and her performance was the result of medication she was taking. She has not been seen on KEYC since that incident, although she is still listed on the station’s website as the weekend anchor.
In a recent column, the managing editor of the Mankato Free Press wrestled with whether the newspaper appropriately covered the tribulations of KEYC anchor Annie Stensrud, following her erratic behavior during a newscast in early December.
After video of Stensrud’s seemingly drunk delivery went viral and made her the butt of jokes on “Late Show with David Letterman,” she was arrested and charged for drunk driving. The Free Press covered all of these developments.
“We had a healthy debate on this in our newsroom,” Free Press editor Joe Spear wrote. “Some argued we shouldn’t really be hiding this event because, after all, alcohol abuse was, and probably still is, a huge issue in this town. Others argued we don’t cover every DWI in this way.” Read more
Annie Stensrud, the KEYC anchor who became a viral sensation after slurring her way through a newscast in early December, has been formally charged with drunk driving, following her arrest on December 21st.
Stensrud is facing one gross misdemeanor charge of Driving While Impaired as well as two misdemeanor DWI charges, according to KEYC.
The Mankato Free Press reports that a urine test administered just over an hour after Stensrud was arrested registered a blood-alcohol level of .31, nearly four times the legal limit.
Stensrud, who has not appeared on KEYC since the slurred newscast, was arrested just before noon on the 21st after police received an anonymous tip that a woman was driving drunk through Mankato. Read more
KEYC has had no comment since Stensrud’s arrest.
Stensrud was arrested on December 21 after an anonymous caller tipped off police to an apparently drunk driver on Highway 14 in Mankato. A subsequent test of her blood-alcohol level found her at nearly three times the legal limit to drive. The Free Press reports the anchor has obtained an attorney and her case should be in court sometime in early 2012.
Stensrud made headlines when video of her slurring her words during a newscast earlier this month went viral. The anchor apologized for the newscast, calling it “uncharacteristic” and blaming it on medication she was taking at the time. She has not appeared on KEYC since then.
Stensrud, you may recall, made national headlines when video of her slurring during a newscast went viral. She told station management that she was taking some medications at that time that caused the intoxicated–like appearance and behaviors.
KEYC General Manager Denny Wahlstrom says that because it is a personnel matter, procedures need to be followed according to station policy, and that no further comment will be made at this time.
Stensrud has not appeared on the Mankato CBS-affiliate since December 4. Video of the newscast, which Stensrud was unable to finish, went viral and led to much speculation that the anchor was drunk.
Stensrud issued a statement apologizing for her “terrible” performance, saying, “I’ve been sick for some time and taking medication, and have missed a lot of work lately.” In an interview with WCCO radio, KEYC general manager Dennis Walhstrom said the anchor was “sick,” not drunk.
Stensrud was arrested Wednesday morning after an anonymous resident called the North Mankato Police Department to report “an intoxicated person was leaving a Roe Crest Drive residence in a vehicle,” the Free Press reports. After a bulletin describing the car was put out to law enforcement, Stensrud was stopped on Highway 14. Read more
After video of her “uncharacteristic” Sunday-night newscast went viral earlier this week, KEYC anchor Annie Stensrud is speaking out to refute rumors that she was drunk when she headed for the anchor desk at the Mankato CBS-affiliate:
My performance last Sunday night was terrible, and for that, I apologize. I’ve been sick for some time and taking medication, and have missed a lot of work lately. I’m on my way to feeling better and hope to be back at full strength soon. I appreciate everyone’s understanding and even more so, their support.