She referred all other questions to the station’s website, which states that “Fox 13 management is aware of the matter and is reviewing it.” Russell Rhodes was released from the Orient Road Jail at a.m.
13 morning anchor whose face was left bruised and battered after an arrest that led to charges of drunken driving and resisting an officer without violence, made a brief apology as he returned to the airwaves this morning for the first time since the incident a month ago.
"I want to apologize for my recent off the air behavior," said Rhodes, 49, standing alone before the camera just after 7 a.m.
16 arrest after a scuffle with an off-duty Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy working security at the public parking garage at Channelside.
The anchor, who had not appeared on camera since the incident, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
According to a previous , Rhodes was arrested after the deputy stopped him in the parking garage on suspicion that he was driving under the influence.
Tampa Bay Fox 13 morning news anchor Russell Rhodes was arrested last night and charged with obstructing an officer without violence after trying to run from an off-duty deputy in the Channelside garage. At p.m., an off-duty deputy at the Channelside parking garage, 810 Channelside Dr., spotted Russell Rhodes in his 2006 BMW 325i in the garage driving recklessly, according to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office spokesman J. When the deputy stopped Rhodes’s car, he got out and his belt and pants were undone.
Rhodes “was attempting to reverse his vehicle into other traffic after passing the exit token machine,” according to a criminal report affidavit.
“Rhodes appeared to be intoxicated when he got out of the vehicle,” said Callaway.
“Twice, Rhodes walked away from the deputy after being ordered not to leave. The deputy escorted Rhodes back to the patrol car and requested Rhodes give him the key to the vehicle, which Rhodes had in his right hand.” Rhodes would not give the deputy the key, said Callaway and began to jerk his hand away from the deputy in an attempt to prevent him from grabbing the key, “requiring the deputy to take Rhodes to the ground to be handcuffed.” After being handcuffed, Rhodes apologized, according to the affidavit.
Rhodes told the deputy he panicked “because he works for Fox 13 news,” according to the affidavit.
Rhodes was taken by ambulance to Tampa General Hospital’s emergency room to be treated for a laceration to his lip and a contusion to his left cheek, according to Callaway.
“We have a DUI investigation under way,” Callaway said.
“We took a blood draw at the hospital and are awaiting results from the analysis.” Rhodes will not be on the air Monday morning, said Fox 13 spokeswoman Jessica Moss.