Former TV anchor arrested for DWI in Harlingen
Thu, 19 Jul 2012 19:37:39 GMT —
Harlingen Police arrested a former Valley news anchor for driving while intoxicated early Thursday morning.
Officers responded to the 3200 block of Treasure Hills Boulevard at 2:20 a.m., in reference to a car accident.
When they arrived, they found a blue 2006 Porsche Cayenne, driven by Peter Torgerson, 56, that had struck a parked car.
The officer noticed Torgerson had blood shoot eyes, slurred speech, poor balance, and the strong smell of alcohol on his breath.
He submitted Torgerson to a field sobrierity test, which he failed.
The officer arrested him on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Torgerson refused to take a breathylizer test.
He faced a judge Thursday morning and was issued a $500 bond.
Torgerson was a longtime television anchor for the 5 p.m. evening news at KRGV.
He quit in 1999 after winning the $37 million dollar Texas Lottery, along with a friend.
Both men chose the cash option and split more than $19 million between them.