Posted on: September 8, 2023, 09:59h.
Last updated on: September 8, 2023, 09:59h.
Corey Harrison, a regular on the History Channel’s popular “Pawn Stars” series, was arrested in Las Vegas early Friday morning for driving under the influence, according to TMZ.
The 40-year-old reality star, also known as Big Hoss, told the news outlet that Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers pulled him over because he was swerving on the road at approximately 1 a.m.
When asked if he had been drinking alcohol, Harrison relayed to TMZ, he told an officer that he consumed one drink seven hours earlier, during a flight from Minnesota.
Harrison was in Las Vegas to check up on short-term rental properties he manages there.
When the officer asked Harrison to take a field sobriety test, he complied. Then, Harrison told TMZ, he asked to take a breathalyzer test. However, he claims the officer told him his breathalyzer was broken.
At that point, Harrison reported, he was handcuffed and hold he failed the field sobriety test. Harrison claims he was taken to a police station where yet another breathalyzer was not working.
According to Harrison, he was told to take a blood test or he would be held in custody all weekend. He took the test, he told TMZ, but the police waited eight hours to release him.
Harrison told TMZ his driver’s license was not suspended.
Harrison has no known criminal record — other than being jailed overnight in 2011 for a bar fight in which he allegedly “pushed a deputy and pushed a security guard at the bar,” according to San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Arden Wiltshire at the time.
Harrison began working at his family’s business, the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in downtown Las Vegas, at the age of 9. The business was originally run by his grandfather, Richard “Old Man” Harrison. When died in 2018, Harrison’s father, Rick, Harrison took over. The shop also employs Harrison’s childhood friend, Austin “Chumlee” Russell.
Harrison has been a regular on the reality series about the pawn shop since it debuted in 2009. That year, it became the History Channel’s highest rated show, and the No. 2 reality show on TV, television, behind “Jersey Shore.”