Yahoo! News reports that longtime NBC Washington D.C. anchor, Leon Harris, was arrested on suspicion of DUI after a crash over the weekend. Harris has been charged with multiple misdemeanors in connection with the incident.
Local authorities say that on Saturday, January 30th, Harris was driving along Bradley Boulevard near River Road when his car rear-ended another vehicle, forcing it into another vehicle in a chain-reaction crash.
Police said in a statement that no one was seriously hurt in the crash; however, when they arrived at the accident site, Harris attempted to leave the scene of the crash.
Officers administered a series of field sobriety tests, which he failed. A Breathalyzer test revealed that Harris’ blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
On Tuesday, local NBC News affiliate WTOP reported that Harris was facing a total of six misdemeanor charges. The charges include driving under the influence of alcohol, attempting to elude police, driving while impaired by alcohol, attempting to drive while impaired, and failure to remain at the scene of an accident.
Court records indicate that Harris was charged with an earlier DUI incident in 2013.
NBC News said in a statement that Harris will not appear on air until the conclusion of an investigation into the incident.