" Artie Lange insists that he blew a 0.0 on the Breathalyzer test that he was given at the scene of the accident. Artie Lange also reported that he was also given a urine test at the police station. Artie Lange states that there were no illicit drugs in his system, and that all the analysts will find that could possibly explain his erratic driving is the antidepressant Lexapro."http://www.examiner.com/x-11279-Howard-Stern-Examiner~y2009m7d13-Is-Lexapro-to-blame-for-Artie-Langes-DUI
Is Lexapro to blame for Artie Lange's DUI?
July 13, 9:05 AM
At long last, The Howard Stern Show returned to the air live this Monday morning. With the abundance of celebrity news to catch up on and current box office topper “Bruno” in the studio, Howard Stern Show fans really only wanted to hear about one thing: Artie Lange’s DUI. After proclaiming that he had been clean and sober for months, Artie Lange was arrested on suspicion of DUI on Friday after a fender bender in Tom’s River, New Jersey.
Artie Lange was noticeably quieter than usual on Monday morning’s broadcast, only peppering the on-air conversations with an occasional joke or cutting remark. About two hours into the broadcast, Artie Lange finally broke his silence about Friday’s DUI. After stating that: “for once I’m actually doing something sensible and listening to my lawyer and not talking about it,” Artie Lange went on to tease the audience with a few details of the incident that catapulted him to the top of Google Trends on Friday, despite The Howard Stern Show having been off air for a full two weeks.
Artie Lange insists that he blew a 0.0 on the Breathalyzer test that he was given at the scene of the accident. Artie Lange also reported that he was also given a urine test at the police station. Artie Lange states that there were no illicit drugs in his system, and that all the analysts will find that could possibly explain his erratic driving is the antidepressant Lexapro.
Artie Lange spoke openly about his struggles with depression in his recent bestselling book “ Too Fat to Fish.” In the past, the comedian has rejected the idea of taking antidepressants to treat his mood, despite his willingness to dabble in the spectrum of illegal substances.
But could Lexapro really be to blame for Artie Lange’s DUI? Fans, friends and family members of Artie Lange are all thinking the same thing: the whole story sounds too fat to fishy. In Artie Lange’s defense, the official website for Lexapro lists among the drug’s safety precautions: “Patients should be cautioned about operating hazardous machinery, including automobiles, until they are reasonably certain that Lexapro does not affect their ability to engage in such activities.” Although Artie Lange did not state how long he has been taking Lexapro, he did report that he started it “recently.”
Artie Lange has stated that he has “a lot to say” about Friday’s DUI arrest, and that he is looking forward to talking openly on the subject once his lawyer approves it. Artie Lange is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, July 17th.
Author: Liz Brown