UPDATE: DUI…NO DUI…

UPDATE: 11/26/11 – Florida News Center has been contacted by Bay News 9 reporter Jason Lanning, to hear his side of a 2009 DUI arrest. The story below (partly reposted from the Tampa Tribune) has not been updated to reflect the changes in this story. Lanning tells FNC, “this is about clearing my name… plain and simple.”

Lanning has created a personal website to clear the air about this story. The site provides court documentation and states that the “DUI was thrown out, that he did not leave the scene of the accident and the presiding Judge sealed the record of the accident” after dismissal. (Read the entire page here)

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ORIGINALLY POSTED 6/21/2009 – (from TBO.com) – A reporter for Bay News 9 was arrested just before midnight Wednesday, accused of drunken driving and being involved in a traffic crash on Dale Mabry Highway in South Tampa. Jason Lanning, 30, of Tampa, was charged with driving under the influence by Tampa police. Jail records show that he was released from jail after posting $500 bail at 8 a.m. Thursday. According to arrest reports, Lanning driving his silver Dodge Charger north on Dale Mabry and crashed into the rear of a Ford F150 pickup driven by Greg Bentley near El Prado Boulevard. Police said Lanning’s car left the pavement and continued several blocks striking road signs along the way. Police said he tried to drive away, but his vehicle was blocked by Bentley, who was not injured. Arriving officers said Lanning had alcohol on his breath and his eyes were bloodshot and glassy. Two breath tests were given, and Lanning registered only .047 and a .044, well below the mark of .08, the point at which a motorist is considered impaired. Field sobriety tests were given and he was charged. Lanning has worked for Bay News 9 since 2003, although the jail log indicates he told booking officers he was unemployed. A spokeswoman who works for the television station said Lanning was employed there.??????????????????? Click here for the arrest report from HCSO…

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