Video released in UCF sports announcer's DUI arrest
Updated On: Mar 29 2013 02:30:00 AM EDT
Police have released the video of the arrest of the UCF announcer as he was pulled over near the Mall of Millenia and charged with driving under the influence.
Deputies say that Erik Kohler, who is the announcer for UCF football, baseball and basketball games, was going 58 miles per hour in a 35-mile-per-hour zone. The 43-year-old said that he had not been drinking while he was playing golf with friends at Isleworth and that he needed to be released.
"I've got a baseball game to call at 12 o'clock tomorrow," Kohler told deputies in the video. "I'm the UCF announcer, man."
According to deputies, Kohler failed his sobriety test and his blood alcohol content was twice the legal limit when he was booked into Orange County Jail.
As he was taken to the jail, Kohler repeatedly mentioned his work for UCF and other sports teams.
"Seriously, man. I really am the announcer for UCF," he said in the video. "The Nationals. Spring training. The Astros. I have commitments, my friend."
Kohler's attorney, Mark Longwell, issued a statement on Thursday, strongly denying any suggestion that Kohler tried to use his position as a sports announcer to try and influence law enforcement during the DUI arrest, which he referred to as "a minor charge."
"However, it is clear that Mr. Kohler was simply asking to notify his employer that he would not be available the next day to fulfill his professional responsibilities," said Longwell.
Longwell stressed that Kohler has no prior arrest history and is presumed innocent unless he is found guilty.
"It is important to keep in mind that the arrest involves an allegation of a non-violent misdemeanor, for which Mr. Kohler has not been convicted," said Longwell. "The allegation is based on the very low legal threshold of 'probable cause.' Anyone who understands and believes in the constitutional rights that define our freedom and liberty, that we as Americans all enjoy, must respect that Mr. Kohler is presumed innocent of any wrongdoing."
Longwell went on to say this case will be resolved through the court system and said his client is asking for privacy at this time.
There are reports that Kohler will keep his job with UCF.
This is Kohler's first drunk driving arrest, and he has entered a plea of "not guilty."