WCIV sports anchor John Nugent charged with DUI in Mount Pleasant

John Nugent, sports anchor for WCIV-TV 4 was booked into the Al Cannon Detention Center at 1:18 a.m. on a DUI charge.

John Nugent, sports anchor for WCIV-TV 4, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence late Sunday night.

Nugent, 55, had three previous convictions for DUI before coming to Charleston, The St. Petersburg Times has reported.

Nugent, of Mount Pleasant, was driving southbound on Coleman Boulevard about 11:30 p.m. when Mount Pleasant police officers saw his white Lexus hit the center median near Fairmont Avenue and then continue southbound, according to an incident report.

Officers arrested him following a field sobriety test. He refused a blood alcohol test and his license was suspended, according to the report.

Nugent is a three-time Emmy award winning sports anchor, according to his public bio at WCIV. He has also offered weekly high school football predictions for The Post and Courier.

Station officials declined comment on his arrest, and Nugent did not immediately return a message left on his phone Monday afternoon. Nugent was sentenced to seven days in a prison work-release program and nearly a year’s probation in 1997 after he was convicted of DUI in Pennsylvania, the St. Petersburg Times reported. The sportscaster had previously been convicted on DUI charges in 1980 and 1982 in New York, the newspaper reported.