Jane McGarry has officially left her position as a news anchor with NBC 5 following her decision to plead no contest to a DWI charge from May.
The Dallas Observer reports that Tom Ehlman, NBC 5 president and general manager, stated:
“We support Jane’s decision and truly thank her for her many contributions to NBC 5 throughout her long and distinguished career. We wish her the very best.”
McGarry stated of her decision to leave, after being with the station for 30 years, that:
“I want to thank the people of North Texas for inviting me into their homes for 30 wonderful years. In today’s world, 30 years is a long time to stay in any one job. I leave grateful for the wonderful career I have had at NBC 5 and am looking forward with anticipation to the next phase of my professional life.”
The Star-Telegram notes that Jane McGarry’s statement regarding her DWI notes that tests showed her blood alcohol level was 0.11 when she was pulled over by a Department of Public Safety trooper on May 6th after she failed to signal for a lane change.
She stated that, “therefore I should not have been driving.” The former NBC 5 anchor has since paid a $1,200 fine and will be on probation for 18 months, along with serving at least 40 hours of community service. In the statement, Jane McGarry stated:
“I apologize for my irresponsible behavior and am grateful that the police did their job and no one was hurt…I am deeply sorry for making such a terrible mistake and pledge it will never happen again.”
Do you think that Jane McGarry was right to step down from her position at a NBC 5 anchor, following her arrest and conviction for a DWI?