Bravo TV Fitness Guru Busted For Ambien-Fueled Hit And Run, Charged With DUI & Felony Assault
The former star of Bravo TV’s “Work Out” has officially been charged with assaulting a police officer and DUI. On Wednesday, Jackie Warner, whose birth name is Jacqueline Renee Waddell, pleaded not guilty to both DUI and assault charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said, according to Page Six.
The charges stem from a February 24 incident in which Warner allegedly crashed into an electrical pole in West Hollywood, California while driving under the influence.
In more detail, the celebrity fitness expert has been charged with one felony count of assault on a peace officer and one misdemeanor count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, driving with a.08 percent blood alcohol content, and hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage. According to TMZ, Jackie Warner said she had one martini earlier in the day and that’s it.
Warner then allegedly struck a patrol car after she backed her vehicle toward a deputy who was attempting to detain her.
Jackie Warner faces up to six years in state prison if convicted as charged.
Jackie Warner’s attorney, Shawn Holley, told TMZ that she had evidence backing up Warner’s claim that she had taken Ambien prior to the incident.
Holley says Jackie was “driving unconscious.” Jackie said as far as she can remember, she had taken an Ambien at home and suddenly she was in the hospital and placed under arrest. According to TMZ, when Jackie Warner crashed her car she wasn’t wearing pants.
“We have letters and reports from Jackie’s doctors which prove a long history of insomnia and which strongly support our contention that Jackie was driving unconscious after taking Ambien, which had been prescribed to her.”
Holly added that she was assured that deputies would review the new evidence presented by Jackie Warner before filing charges.
“I reached out to the DA’s office weeks ago and was assured that deputies would review our reports before filing charges. We are extremely disappointed that the DA’s office filed these charges without reviewing our evidence, as promised.”
There were no injuries confirmed when her vehicle rolled and hit a Los Angeles police car, a Sheriff told E! News.
Jackie Warner Faces Charges Of DUI, Hit and Run and Assault in Sleep Driving Case https://t.co/RKAho5Nf4j
— TMZ (@TMZ) April 19, 2017
It was reported that Jackie Warner got out of the car without an altercation and was compliant with officers on the scene. The case has since been assigned to a detective as police actively investigate how her car rolled backward, according to E! News.
Jackie Warner, a personal trainer to the stars and a gym owner, was known for her tough approach to fitness. Jackie had plenty of turbulent relationships with other women, many of which were documented on her Bravo series, Work Out. The drama lasted for three seasons. The series lasted from 2006 to the year 2008 and was canceled after Jackie left the show following a controversial remark she made about a fitness model and breast cancer survivor who was exercising at her facility, according to Bravo TV.
Warner ended up selling her Beverly Hills gym, Sky Sports and Spa, and decided never to appear on reality television again after she “fell into crisis,” according to Bravo TV.
“To be honest, I felt a bit lost and started partying a lot. It felt like I was taking a few steps backward in life and I started making bad decisions.”
She most recently appeared in the series Thintervention With Jackie Warner in 2010.
The fitness guru released her third book, This Is Why You’re Sick And Tired(And How to Look and Feel Amazing) in 2015 following her second book that was released in 2010 titled, This Is Why You’re Fat.
In the same year, Warner was hit with the news that her Work Out costar, fitness model and trainer Greg Plitt, was struck and killed by a train.
“Greg was a living example of health & strength. He lives on in our hearts & minds… He was beautiful on the inside & out.”
[Featured Image by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department/Getty Images]