Jane McGarry Out at NBC 5 After Pleading Guilty To Drunk Driving

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NBC 5 anchor Jane McGarry is gone effective today, the station announced in a statement released a while ago.

Long-time NBC 5 news anchor Jane McGarry announced that she will leave effective today, Tuesday, July 10, 2012.

Tom Ehlmann, NBC 5 president and general manager said, "We support Jane's decision and truly thank her for her many contributions to NBC 5 throughout her long and distinguished career. We wish her the very best."


Jane McGarry said, "I want to thank the people of North Texas for inviting me into their homes for 30 wonderful years. In today's world, 30 years is a long time to stay in any one job. I leave grateful for the wonderful career I have had at NBC 5 and am looking forward with anticipation to the next phase of my professional life."

McGarry, you'll recall, has been off the air since she was arrested for drunk driving back in May. NBC didn't address her recent guilty plea in its statement, but McGarry did.

Hi, it's been a while :) I want to thank you for all your kindness. You have touched my heart. I have something I want to tell you.

I pleaded no contest to a Class B misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated. I apologize for my irresponsible behavior and am grateful that the police did their job and no one was hurt. Blood alcohol tests showed my blood alcohol level was .11, which is over the legal limit, and therefore I should not have been driving. I have paid a fine of $1,200, will be on probation for 18 months and will participate in at least 40 hours of community service. I am deeply sorry for making such a terrible mistake and pledge it will never happen again.

Jane

Godspeed, Jane McGarry. If Unfair Park ever decides to do TV news, you'll be our first choice to anchor.



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missdeslin
missdeslin

I am appalled by the number of posts on this forum in support of McGarry. She committed a crime. She admitted to the crime. There is no debate or question about it.  Does everyone make mistakes? Yes. But this woman had every reason NOT to make this kind of mistake. She had a long-running career - not just a job but a CAREER -  something millions of people in this country have NEVER had. and will never have. She had/has money, fans, and a public image and fame. And SHE chose to throw that away. Whatever her personal problems or inner demons may be, the fact is that millions of people are struggling in this country and they don't turn to alcohol or at the least, they do not do something so blatantly STUPID as to drink and get behind the wheel of a vehicle. This woman ruined her own career, she tarnished forever her own reputation, and those of you who support her or says 'no big deal' should seriously consider your own values and ask yourself why you support anyone who drinks and drives. 

mom-o-dex
mom-o-dex

Jane,

I just had to say, I really miss you on Ch. 5. I wish you the very best. I will not pass judgement.

Just wish you had not been so hard on yourself. Thank you, for all your service to DFW. We will and do, miss you. Stay in touch with your fans. :)

Guest
Guest

After living in Dallas for many years and now back living in NY for the better part of a decade,  I say Jane should just move to the city because she's much better than our locals. 

Annonymous
Annonymous

I totally agree with you JFPO.  I think we are all scared to death to blow because the unethical behavior documented by most DWI units.  But, the jury always falls for the cop.  If he says she was impaired (and what the hell does that mean --loss of normal facilities.. how do they know what's normal for that person?), then the jury bites off on it every time.

Annonymous
Annonymous

It's a b.s. charge.  No one beats the arrest.  Her probable cause?  Was it driving on the wrong side?  No.  Was it weaving?  No.  Was it reckless driving?  No.  She didn't use a turn signal and this gave all the cop he needed to pull over someone and take a chance he'd build his arrest record.  And, whatcha know?  Ten bucks says he smelled alcohol, her eyes looked glassy, and he had training to say she was impaired.  DWI is out of control and I don't believe she was impaired.  I believe she had an attorney, who probably was honest, and said you can't win a DWI because the law says that refusal to freely give evidence can be interrpreted as guilt.  We have to stop the sheeple behavior on DWI.

Dalejeangentry
Dalejeangentry

Thanks Jane for 30 years of broadcasting. You are in our prayers. You have a bright future.

Vinkie
Vinkie

We all make mistakes in life you did not need to quit in my eyes..

Dj36
Dj36

To bad, I think among most of the female anchors she is probably the coolest. I know it's business she is in but the other locals were drueling over her demise especially the one that rhymes with '8" shame on them. Anyway I hope she gets help and most of all enjoys the rest of her life;))

Bandjmills
Bandjmills

I am so sad for Jane and the attitude of Channel 5.  First, it was Rebecca Miller b/c she wasn't the image the wanted (read skinny enough).  There is not one of us who has not made a mistake and regretted it.  I would much rather have been on the road with Jane than someone driving and talking on the phone and/or driving and texting.

Jlawlo
Jlawlo

I have always liked Jane. However, she did commit a crime. If she would have gotten arrested for shoplifting, I bet she would have few defend her. Yes, she made a mistake, but that does not mean that you avoid consequences. It sounds like she is aware of this (by her statement). If she did blow a .11, then she had minimum 3 drinks but if you look at any of the charts, it would be more. If she did not blow, then I'm assuming it took time to get a blood test, and her level could have been higher at the time she got stopped. Rehab is not for DWI first offenders. I have been around many people drinking and 1) if they drink anything, they do not drive, period. 2)if they drink, they know their limit and usually only have 1 or 2 3) have 1 or 2 too many, and because they are intoxicated, they lack judgement and drive 4) always drink too much and drive I really don't think this has anything to do with channel 5. As long as we make Excuses and place blame somewhere else, we never grow. Jane has taken full responsibility, and her experience will affect others in a positive way.

Alisondre
Alisondre

I feel really bad for her.  She made a mistake; I'm not sure why that had to end her career, or even just end this particular job.  I still want her to read me things :(

big poppa
big poppa

she can get drunk with me anytime......

Mike Stephens1419
Mike Stephens1419

I would like to see her Co anchor with Clarice tinsley. And dale on sports. Dream team. Wont happen any more than if we could get Harold Taft on Weather.

guest
guest

oh please, get off your soap box. it does happen sometimes and yes, she admitted that and yes, no one was hurt. Get a life...

Guest
Guest

 She did not take a breathalyzer.  She refused and they took her in for a blood test.  Also, how could the cop have seen that she was a blonde at night, not to mention he was behind her?

james
james

This happened on her personal time and had nothing to due with NBC5. Now its up to her to not do it again.Im sorry MADD but the fact is nobody was hurt. 

Rockers Mods
Rockers Mods

You can be president with a DUI, but not a newscasters. Makes sense.

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Djh17651_blr

Tom Ehlmann, NBC 5 president and general manager through McGarry under the bus. Nice going NBC. It's expected of you.

JeanieJ
JeanieJ

i do not watch NBC anymore... I stopped completely after Ann Curry. This just reinforced my option of this being a douche bag network.

reddot
reddot

Jane McGarry made a mistake, but NBC was just waiting for her to do so.  She had been demoted at the station (hmm, maybe this is why she was drinking, still not an excuse) and they probably wanted her to resign and this fell into their laps.  Gloria Campos' insensitive remarks in the Dallas Morning News this morning were uncalled for, after alll Ms. Campos don't you see the writing on the wall.

Guest
Guest

She didn't blow.

sad but true
sad but true

She had seniority and had accrued a big salary over the years; they'd been trying to figure out a way to dump her and her contract for a long time. She helped them out with this. 

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

 Are you serious about Jane Slater and Elf? Good god. I bet Elf hates life right about now.

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