The daughter of soon-to-retire anchor Barbara Walters, Jacqueline Walters Danforth, was arrested in Florida on Sunday for DUI and reportedly gave police a hard time.
The Collier County Sheriff's Office said 44-year-old Jacqueline Danforth was busted near Naples, Fla., on Friday morning. Danforth was reportedly in the driver’s seat of a Honda Pilot stopped on a highway without lights on, prompting police to investigate the report, TMZ reported.
Police said Danforth and a male passenger, who she said was her boyfriend, appeared to be “extremely intoxicated.” As authorities put the male in handcuffs, Danforth reportedly became very upset and “began shouting at police.” That’s when she had to be “taken to the ground” in fear she would run into oncoming traffic.
"I 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,” the arresting officer is quoted in the police report.
According to the arrest report, Danforth blew a .218 in the breathalyzer test, twice the legal limit in Florida. She was released from custody on a $1,000 bond, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office said.
Jacqueline Walters Danforth is notoriously known for being troubled after years of clubbing and drug abuse, with much of her tumultuous childhood documented in her mother Barbara Walters’ biography. The legendary journalist wrote that after the child was adopted with her second husband, Lee Guber, in 1968, Danforth frequently ran away from home and at one point even went to rehab in Idaho.
However, Danforth recently took a turn for the better, when she “made a public vow to get her life on track,” TMZ reported. She followed through with her promise, starting a “wilderness program for troubled girls in northern Maine,” which shuttered in 2008.