Ty Pennington arrested for DUI; apologizes for “lapse in judgment”

Ty Penningt, the host of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition and former “hunky handyman” on TLC’s Trading Spaces, “was arrested early Saturday morning in Los Angeles on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol and drugs while driving,” TMZ reports.

He “was arrested at 12:35 AM” and “was released two hours later after posting $5000 bail,” TMZ says. The AP reports that “Los Angeles police officials said Monday they had no further information,” and says a “message left with Pennington’s manager, Bill Stankey, wasn’t immediately returned.”

The LASD Inmate Information Center web site’s record for his arrest does not include a mug shot, but shows that he was charged with a misdemeanor and weighs 157 pounds.

Update: Late Monday, Ty released this statement:

“I made an error in judgment. We all make mistakes, however this is about accountability. Under no circumstances should anyone consume alcohol while driving. I could have jeopardized the lives of others and I am grateful there was no accident or harm done to anyone. This was my wake-up call. I also want to apologize to my fans, ABC Television and my design team for my lapse in judgment and the embarrassment I have caused.”

Ty Pennington Arrested for DUI [TMZ]
‘Extreme Makeover’ host Pennington arrested [AP]

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