A Sacramento area television personality has been arrested for a second time for suspicion of driving under the influence.
Mark S. Allen, whose real name is Mark Allen Stell, 50, of Roseville, was arrested in the early morning hours of Dec. 4 by Roseville police. Allen is the entertainment anchor for CBS-owned KOVR’s “Good Day Sacramento” morning show.
Police said that an officer was dispatched to the area of Atlantic Street and Interstate 80 about 12:45 a.m. after two motorists called to report a sedan being driven in an erratic manner. The car was reported to have exited the freeway and traveled onto Atlantic Street.
The responding officer contacted Allen, the driver of the car. After an evaluation by the officer, Allen was arrested on suspicion of DUI and booked into Placer County jail.
Allen was not on the morning show Friday.
“We are taking this matter very seriously,” said “Good Day Sacramento” news director John Armand in a statement. “We are investigating what happened. While that process is ongoing, Mark will not be appearing on-air.”
Allen, who has interviewed many top stars in Hollywood, is also known for his humor on the morning program and for stunts such as swimming in San Francisco Bay and paragliding.
In late August 2006, Allen was pulled over at Sacramento International Airport by Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies. According to court documents, his blood alcohol level registered at 0.11 percent and he was taken into custody.
Allen pleaded guilty in Sacramento Superior Court to a single count of misdemeanor driving under the influence. He was sentenced to three years of probation and 48 hours of community service in the sheriff’s work project.
Allen said at the time that he had been at dinner with friends and was dropping someone at the airport when he was stopped. He believed he was within the legal limit before he got behind the wheel.