Former Tribune CEO Randy Michaels Arrested for Drunk Driving

The ex-Tribune exec — ousted after allegations of creating a “frat house” atmosphere — was found at 2 a.m. with his car stuck in the mud

Last Updated: October 16, 2011 @ 10:22 AM

Randy Michaels, the Tribune Co. chief executive ousted last year after cultivating a “frat house” atmosphere at the historic newspaper company, was arrested on drunken driving charges after driving his car into the mud at 2 a.m. in Cincinnati.

The executive, who now runs a radio company, was arrested by police who found  him stuck under an overpass on Friday, his car mired in mud and water up to the frame.  

The police report said Michael’s eyes were bloodshot and he was described as "unsteady" on his feet. He also failed three sobriety field tests, including walking in a straight line. Michaels could not touch his heel to toe while walking and could not stand on one leg for more than three or four seconds, according to the report.

According to Cincinnati.com, Michaels refused an alcohol breath test. He was charged with driving on a road that was closed and released from jail after posting bond.

Michaels, whose real name is apparently Benjamin Homel, was brought in to Tribune by owner Sam Zell in 2007 to remake the newspaper company.

He remade it scandalously, not only by slashing staff and bringing in cronies from his radio background, but by promoting an atmosphere that led to allegations of sexual misconduct and charges that Michaels promoted what many referred to as a "frat house" atmosphere at the Tribune Company.

He was forced out a year ago, shortly after a lengthy New York Times investigative article exposed the culture of the Tribune under his leadership.