Naples, FL- Recently, Barbara Walters talked candidly about her adopted daughter’s problems with drugs and alcohol, and now Jacqueline Danforth is in trouble with the law after she was arrested for driving under the influence Sunday night.
According to the police reports obtained by the National Enquirer, Danforth was in a SUV that was parked with the lights out late Sunday night in the Naples. When police approached the SUV they began questioning an unidentified man who was a passenger in the SUV.
The Enquirer reported that Danforth was unsteady on her feet, “swaying wildly” and becoming agitated with the police officer. She allegedly grabbed the officer, who had to force her to the ground before she was placed under arrest.
Police apparently found a small amount of marijuana and a pipe on the male passenger. He was placed under arrest for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Danforth, 44, was placed under arrest and booked for driving under the influence, though it is not clear if she was drunk or on drugs. This is first such charge for Danforth who has had a history substance abuse, but no adult criminal charges. According to the Daily Mail, Danforth was released from jail after posting $1,000 bail. Danforth and her male companion will be arraigned in June.
Walters adopted Danforth in 1968 when she was an infant, but Danforth couldn’t get over her feelings of abandonment, something Walters’ chronicled in her recent autobiography and during her round of the talk shows.
Danforth has also frank with her drug use, telling NBC news, “I did marijuana.” She also admitted she did meth, “It was called crank then, but it’s now methamphetamines. Quaaludes were all over the place. Valium. And the drugs numbed all the other feelings.”
Danforth also said in the same interview, “But it didn’t take away the issues that I had. They got bigger and bigger. I was more and more isolated from my mom’s world. And I thought running [away from home] would solve all my problems.”
Danforth was in trouble quite a bit as a teenager and spent some time in a boot camp for troubled girls. Her past drug problems compelled Danforth to start a youth program which combined outdoor activities with psychological counseling. She ran New Horizons for Young Women in Maine until 2008; it is unclear why the program closed down.
Barbara Walters couldn’t be reached for comment.
Given Danforth’s history with substance abuse, it is somewhat surprising that she has not been arrested for driving under the influence before.
For many people with a substance abuse problem, getting arrested for DUI will put them in a position to get help either voluntarily or by court order. Often times, a DUI attorney, when building a defense, will arrange for their client to attend a substance abuse program in lieu of a jail sentence. DUI sentences also typically require that offenders take alcohol and drug education programs to prevent future incidents of intoxicated driving.