Saturday, April 19, 2008

CNN anchor in NYC drug bust

A New York judge has ordered CNN reporter Richard Quest to undergo six months of counselling after he was arrested in the city's Central Park for possession of a controlled substance, his lawyer said.

The British reporter is known for his boisterous and quirky style, especially on CNN International.

He was arrested at 3:40am (local time) on Friday in Central Park for being in the park after a 1:00am curfew.

Police discovered a plastic bag containing what was believed to be methamphetamine in his pocket, police spokesman John Grimphel said.

Quest, 46, later appeared before State Court Judge Anthony Ferrara, who told him the case would be dismissed if he attends counselling, Quest's lawyer, Alan Abramson said.

"Mr Quest did not realise that the park had a curfew and was returning to his hotel with friends. The matter is scheduled to be dismissed," Mr Abramson said.

Quest is a well-known business news reporter on CNN International and hosts CNN Business Traveller, as well as his own feature program, Quest.


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