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Former TV anchor arrested for DWI in Harlingen

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.

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