NEW YORK (AP) _ Tracy Morgan, a former "Saturday Night Live" regular who co-stars on NBC’s "30 Rock," was arrested Tuesday in Upper Manhattan on drunken driving charges, the district attorney’s office said.
The 38-year-old comedian was stopped around 4:30 a.m. while driving a Cadillac Escalade on the Henry Hudson Parkway near West 158th Street, said Edison Alban, a spokesman for District Attorney Robert Morgenthau.
Police reported that Morgan smelled of alcohol and that he later failed a breathalyzer test at the 28th Precinct station house, Alban said. Alban didn’t yet know the name of Morgan’s attorney. Morgan’s publicist in Los Angeles didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment.
Alban said Morgan was to be arraigned later in Manhattan’s state Supreme Court on charges of driving while intoxicated and driving while impaired. Last Dec. 2, Morgan was arrested in Hollywood, Calif., on impaired driving charges after police stopped him for speeding. Authorities there said his blood-alcohol level was 0.13 per cent, over the legal limit of 0.08 per cent.
On Feb. 17, he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour charge of drunken driving. He was sentenced to 36 months’ probation, fined $390 and ordered to attend an alcohol education program, authorities said.
Morgan was a "Saturday Night Live" cast member from 1996 to 2003. He left the show to star in the shortlived "The Tracy Morgan Show."