Monday, July 20, 2009

KXAN TV Weekend News Anchor Arrested for DWI


David Scott

Alleged DWI

City of Lakeway Police late Friday night (July 17, 2009) arrested 56-year-old David Michael Torbi, also known as KXAN TV (NBC) Weekend anchor and reporter David Scott, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

At 11:51 Friday night a Lakeway officer noticed Scott’s vehicle stuck in the drainage ditch on the left side of the road in the 500 block of Lakeway Drive. It was facing perpendicular to the roadway, the officer said in his report.

The officer noted in his report that Mr. Scott’s were watery and glassy. He was swaying, staggering, and stumbling. There was, according to the report, a strong odor of alcohol. The officer said that he also saw a “mixed drink” in the vehicle. Mr. Scott refused sobriety tests at the scene, but according to the offence report he told the arresting officer, “I am really f**ked up. I drank way too much.”

The Lakeway officer indicated that Scott mumbled, he slurred his speech, and he was “mush-mouthed”, according to the offence report. Further, he used profanity and fought with the arresting officer. The officer went on to say that Scott was uncooperative, cocky, and combative.

Scott was taken to the Travis County Jail where he was booked for Driving While Intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor.

KXAN TV reported the arrest without comment, and the emails from newsmcnabb have not yet been answered.

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Scott was KXAN’s main news anchor in the late 1980s and early 1990s before moving to a larger market. He returned to broadcast news in Austin about a year and a half ago. He is a Lakeway resident.

© Jim McNabb, 2009


Anonymous said...

Well after reading the report... I'd say he did just about everything possible to get his ass busted for DWI. I think taking a swing at the officer would probably have sealed the deal.... sad all around.

AA or Celebrate Recovery would be a good "next step" and probably polishing the resume.

Anonymous said...

Isn't this the same guy that was fired from KVUE for being drunk at work? I can answer that. Yes. Yes, it is. Good job KXAN. What jackass hired this idiot? This is the type of role model you guys give us?

Isn't this the 2nd KXAN anchor to be arrested for DWI. Think we all know the answer to that. As Marvin Zindler might have said, "Beer in the vending machine!"

Anonymous said...

Anonymous -- If you're looking for role models on your local television news ... man are you looking in the wrong place.

TV folks should go through classes when they get jobs that teach them about acting responsibly when they're in public ... much like you would teach a college or pro-athlete. No matter what they're doing or where they are, they're always representing the station for which they work.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, there are many on-air people in Austin--and around the country that drink like fish. It's a sad time for journalism. The mighty ego gets in the way of journalism. Many of these folks think their naughty little habits will never be exposed. Time will catch up with you. A true journalist understands the importance of their image to the station, the public and most importantly, to themself.