August 19, 2014

CBS-11’s Brendan Higgins fired after Aspen arrest

The morning co-anchor faces charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after a disturbance at an Aspen hotel.

CBS-11 This Morning co-anchor Brendan Higgins, arrested Aug. 6 in Aspen, Colo., has been fired, a KTVT representative confirmed Tuesday.

“Brendan Higgins is no longer with the station,” the representative said in an email.

Higgins was not on the air Tuesday morning, with CBS 11’s Jason Allen sitting in alongside Higgins’ co-anchor, Adrienne Bankert.

Higgins faces charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Aspen.

Local media blogger Ed Bark broke the story of Higgins’ arrest on his Uncle Barky’s Bytes blog.

According to an Aspen police report, officers responded about midnight Aug. 6 to a call about a disturbance at the Residences of Little Nell, where it “was reported that a male guest had punched a driver and was being violent with the staff.”

When the officers found Higgins in an elevator, an officer wrote, Higgins began cursing and threatening the officers and attempted to strike one of them.

“I pushed Higgins towards the elevator doors,” officer Greggory Cole stated, “which he was standing a few inches from. Higgins hit the elevator with his head and then pretended to pass out and slumped to the floor. I could tell that Higgins had not actually passed out because he was giggling.”

A man who had driven Higgins and a female companion to the hotel reported being punched in the face by Higgins, police reported. The driver said that he did not want to press charges, according to Bark’s report, which was picked up by sites as far-ranging as the New York Daily News.

Higgins also threatened Aspen Ambulance paramedics and attempted to bite one who was attempting to bandage a cut on his nose, according to the police report.

Higgins was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital, where he was treated and released, and then was taken to the Pitkin County Jail.

He has a Sept. 10 court date in Aspen, according to the police report.

Higgins posted this comment on his Facebook page about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday:

“If my email inbox is any indication, many of you are wondering about a recent incident in Aspen, Colo., that resulted in my arrest. Sorry it took so long to issue a post as I’ve been dealing with the related matters. First, I need to apologize for the negative attention this incident has brought to my wife and our family, our friends and the many wonderful people I’ve worked with over the years. I’m also sorry to the authorities in Aspen, who do a great job every day. I simply put myself and others in a bad situation, which will not happen again. My plan is to answer the legal charges against me. Thanks to all of you who have sent your support.”

In August 2012, Higgins was the cover boy for’s Wakeup Callers story about DFW morning TV people, which profiled Higgins and Bankert and others.

Higgins previously spent six years at KXAS/Channel 5, which he left in early 2010 when he and the station couldn’t agree on contract terms.

He returned to the air in June 2012, where he was paired with Bankert, who had come in from Sacramento, Calif. Their two-year pairing had been one of the more consistent for CBS 11 on a show that has had a revolving door of anchors and co-anchors for the past several years.

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