1-800-Ask-Gary arrested on DUI charge in Manatee Co.

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Gary Kompothecras, the founder of the ASK-GARY medical and legal hotline, was arrested early Thursday on a DUI charge, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office said.

An arrest report shows Kompothecras, 57, was stopped on I-75 in Bradenton and booked into the Manatee County jail.

A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy said he pulled over Kompothecras around 1:40 a.m. after his silver Porsche passed him driving at an estimated 100 mph over the JD Young Bridge.

The deputy said he smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the car.  He later detected alcohol on Kompothecras’ breath.

Kompothecras admitted to drinking wine at the Hard Rock and said he left the establishment after “having some type of issue with his wife.”

The deputy said Kompothecras was unable to complete a series of field sobriety exercises, including the walk and turn, the one leg stand, and the horizontal gaze nystagmus.

“The defendant could not keep balance while listening to instructions, stepped off the line, used his arms for balance, missed touching heel to toe and took an incorrect number of steps,” the affidavit states.

And despite numerous attempts, the deputy said he could not complete reciting the Romberg Alphabet.

After he was arrested, Kompothecras refused to provide a breath sample.

People familiar with his 1-800-Ask-Gary jingle can’t believe the man who helps auto accident victims got arrested for DUI.

“I mean, and with his money, there’s other ways he can get around without driving,” said one man who was walking near his home Thursday.

“Bad judgment and it happens to a lot of people,” said another.

Kompothecras is the father of Alex Kompothecras of MTV’s reality show “Siesta Key.” The show is the brainchild of the elder Kompothecras who reportedly paid a production company to film the pilot. He even has an executive producer credit.

The messages we sent to Kompothecras and a representative for his company have gone unanswered.

A man at his home in Sarasota Thursday said we were wasting our time.

“You guys have nothing better to do today? You’re not going to get anything here.”

Some drivers are looking at the ads much differently now.

“You’d think he’d have enough sense, that he wouldn’t drive while he’s under the influence.”

Kopomthecras was released Thursday after posting a $500 bail.

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