Popular MTV Star Arrested in Downtown Athens
A star of MTV’s popular “The Real World: Sydney” and “The Challenge” was arrested in downtown Athens after the vehicle he was driving got hung up on a retaining wall. Cohutta Lee Grindstaff called a towing company around 12:30 a.m. Monday morning for assistance. The towing company, in turn, called local police.
During the phone call to the towing company, Grindstaff urged dispatch to have a driver there before the police showed up. Thanks to the towing company, an officer responded first, noting that an F-150 was backed over and stuck on the retaining wall. He then was observed to be sitting on the wall next to his truck.
Grindstaff reportedly told the responding officer that his friend had been driving and ran off. He called the friend “Ryan,” but called a “David” when officers asked him to call his friend. Caught in a lie, Grindstaff told officers that he had thrown a party at the bar he manages. He went on to say that he had drank six or seven beers.
The reality television star was placed under arrest for DUI. A search of his vehicle turned up an open flask containing “remnants of liquor.” He was then transported to the University of Georgia Police Department and given a breath test. He was found to have a blood alcohol concentration of .2 and then .195 percent.
Beside DUI, Grindstaff was charged with possession of an open container of alcohol in a vehicle and improper driving. He was released from jail after posting a bond of $2,250.
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