Disgraced former news anchor Frank Somerville was arrested twice in one night in Berkeley, Calif., in the latest public scandal to hit the former Bay Area reporter.
Somerville, 65, was handcuffed for the first time shortly after 6.30pm on Monday after arguing with his younger brother over “ongoing family issues” involving their 91-year-old father, whom he allegedly threatened at his home, according to the Berkeley Scanner.
The longtime KTVU anchor has been accused of showing up drunk and angry at her dad’s house and refusing to leave, sparking the sibling fight that left her brother Mark with bruises in the face, the local crime newspaper reported.
Somerville was arrested on suspicion of felony threats, assault, public intoxication and violation of probation, Berkeley police told the Berkeley Scanner.
He was placed in Berkeley Jail on $32,500 bond, which he posted, and was released at 2:20 a.m. Tuesday, police said at the outlet.
He then returned to his father to retrieve his car.
He retrieved his vehicle and drove off, but returned soon after.
Somerville returned home to look for his phone, which he had lost on Monday evening, according to the outlet.
He kept ringing the doorbell of the house as he tried to locate his phone, police said.
Cops were called again at 4:20 a.m. and arrived to find the ex-journalist sitting in his car inebriated, the publication reported.
Somerville “showed objective signs and symptoms of public intoxication and was seen driving under the influence of alcohol,” according to Berkeley police.
He was arrested again, this time on suspicion of impaired driving and breach of probation, and was placed behind bars in Santa Rita Prison in Dublin on $15,000 bond.
He was later released and told the Berkeley Scanner he “was not drunk” when contacted by email on Tuesday afternoon.
Somerville has dealt with alcohol abuse and drunk driving in the past.
He became news in December 2021 when a viral video captured him ramming his Porsche into an Audi stopped at an intersection in Oakland.
He was arrested for driving under the influence and admitted his guilt during a television interview last March.
“I got beat up,” he admitted. “I mean, there’s no other way to put it. I was ransacked in my apartment and wanted to go to the Taco Bell, which is two and a half blocks from my house. I made the silly decision to drive. I had absolutely no reason to drive – at all.
Months before the car crash, Somerville was taken off the air by KTVU after he scrambled his words during a live newscast at 10 p.m. on May 30, 2021.
Somerville maintained he was not drunk at work during the same interview earlier this year and claimed he had mistakenly taken two Ambien instead of a prescription drug.
After the live TV debacle, Somerville was taken off the air and went to rehab for nine weeks.
He returned to his anchor seat in August 2021, but was eventually released when he and the station disagreed over coverage of the Gabby Petito case.
At the time of the March interview, Somerville said he was completing a DUI program and hoped to return to television news.
“I mean, that’s what I like,” he said. “I love what I do. I love anchoring.