Report: Houston Police Chief Expected To Open Probe Of Handling Of Talk Host's Alleged Hit-And-Run Case
February 20, 2012 at 7:28 AM (PT)
The HOUSTON CHRONICLE is reporting that HOUSTON Police Chief CHARLES MCCLELLAND is expected to open an internal affairs inquiry into the hit-and-run accident outside a gay bar that involved CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KTRH-A/HOUSTON host MICHAEL BERRY.
The initial police response to BERRY allegedly backing into another car outside TC'S SHOW BAR on JANUARY 31st was a police "significant event notification" noting the involvement of a "prominent citizen," but charges were not filed. The accident reports that an SUV driven by the "prominent citizen" backed up 70 feet on the street, hit another car owned by a bouncer at the club, then drove off. After a report by NBC affiliate KPRC-TV/HOUSTON that included BERRY's name and comments from bar managers alleging that BERRY was a patron of the establishment and appears in security camera video, the story began to spread in the market, and the CHRONICLE reports that MCCLELLAND "is upset with the handling of the high-profile probe and is expected to order an internal affairs inquiry."
BERRY has retained attorney DICK DEGUERIN to represent him, the CHRONICLE reports, and DEGUERIN told the paper, "It's much ado about nothing, it seems to me." BERRY has declined comment other than to say on the air that he is being "smeared" and adding, "I do not take things being said about me lying down, and I won't ... Just hold your judgment. That's all I ask."