Lake tells judge she has been sober for 8 months and is ‘so sorry that I did this’
SALT LAKE CITY — Former KUTV news anchor Shauna Lake will report to the Salt Lake County Jail Tuesday to serve 10 days there for driving under the influence earlier this year.
Lake, 50, pleaded guilty Monday in Salt Lake City’s 3rd District Court to driving under the influence, a class B misdemeanor.
She had admitted to that charge in municipal court in July but later appealed her sentence to the district court after a judge ordered her to serve five days in jail and five days of home confinement.
Instead of continuing with her appeal, Lake agreed Monday to serve the 10 days in jail, in accordance with Utah sentencing guidelines for a repeat offense. She has a 2017 impaired driving conviction.
Attorney Scott Williams said his client was waiting for her significant other to arrive at the Salt Lake City International Airport on March 14, drank while she waited and drove with a blood alcohol content over the legal limit. Williams said his client has since completed a treatment program.
KUTV Ch. 2, confirmed Lake’s departure from the station in May but didn’t provide details on the end of her time there.
The longtime anchor apologized in the hearing held over video conference and said she’s eager to move on.
“I’m so sorry that I did this. I did seek treatment,” she said. “It’s been a really challenging eight months — I was eight months sober on Friday — and I’m just anxious to serve my time and pay my penalty and move forward with my life. Thank you.”
Judge Richard McKelvie ordered Lake to report to the jail by 3 p.m. Tuesday.
He also imposed the other terms of her earlier sentence, requiring her to attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving victim impact panel, pay a $1,610 fine and to have an ignition interlock device installed in her car. Lake will remain on probation for a year.
Lake’s blood alcohol level was 0.21% when she was cited at the airport, according to court records. That’s more than four times the legal limit of .05% in Utah.
An airport employee noticed Lake drive to the pickup area and struggle to maintain her balance as she got into the back seat, prosecutors said. The employee stopped her from driving when police said she took the wheel again.
A Salt Lake police officer arrived and reported that Lake staggered as she walked, slurred when she spoke and her breath smelled of alcohol, court records say. She was released to someone else who drove her home.
Lake admitted to a similar charge in 2017. She made a tearful on-air apology to viewers after her arrest and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of impaired driving, a class B misdemeanor, after being pulled over on I-215 by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper. A judge at the time said her blood alcohol …read more
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