CNN reporter Richard Quest busted with meth in Central Park


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CNN reporter and business travel expert Richard Quest was arrested this morning by police in Central Park. He was originally detained for breaking the park’s curfew (it’s closed from 1 a.m. – 6 a.m.) at 3:40 in the morning. As he was being escorted out of the park by officers, he voluntarily told them that he had methamphetamine in his pocket. He was then arrested and was arraigned today on drug possession charges.

Richard Quest, a reporter and business travel specialist for CNN International, is being arraigned today on a misdemeanor charge of drug possession after the authorities said he was found with methamphetamine in Central Park.

The police noticed Mr. Quest at 64th Street and West Drive at about 3:40 a.m., the official said. As he was being escorted out, he volunteered, “I have meth in my pocket,” according to an official briefed on the case. The police searched him and recovered a small amount of methamphetamine in a Ziploc bag.

Mr. Quest is a high-profile correspondent for CNN International, known for feature reports and profiles. CNN calls Mr. Quest, who is British, one of the network’s “most instantly recognizable members.” He hosts “CNN Business Traveler” and a feature program titled “Quest” for the news network. CNN had no immediate comment.

[From the New York Times]

Richard Quest is definitely one of the more recognizable reporters on CNN. He’s known for his big grin and generally ebullient nature – and of course his distinctive British accent. He also was won the Funniest Newsman contest at Infohunks.

64th and West Drive is only five blocks up and about a block into the park from CNN’s headquarters at Columbus Circle. Quest must keep pretty odd hours due to the nature of his job – he reports for both CNN and CNN International. One can only wonder if he was working at the studio late at night and left for… well obvious reasons. Richard Quest always has so much energy on the air – I always attributed that to him being a real character, but now I’m starting to rethink a bit.

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  1. Arthur says:

    And he’s openly gay as well, and now found in Central Park after hours, with meth in his pocket… gee, really makes no sense.

  2. elisha says:

    I’m a TV anchor and work from 4 am to noon.

    Before this, I was a radio reporter and worked 10 pm until 6 am… about 32 hours a week and went to school full time. So I’d work from 10 pm until 6 am, drive to my school’s parking garage, sleep in it until my class started at nine am… you get the picture.

    So while I don’t condone it, I can see how someone in my industry would turn to something to help them adjust to the funky schedule, if they’re one who’s say, already a little suceptible to substance abuse because of their personality or genetic traits.

  3. h says:

    He is my favorite newsman on CNN. the rest is just awful. I used to watch him on BBC all the times.

    A great guy. The police people need to leave people alone. They know perfectly well what gay people are doing there in central park. Just leave them alone.

    I am sure there are more serious stuff in that city for the politce to attend to.

  4. Nobama says:

    h- Leave them alone??? The police SHOULD pick people up who are doing something ILLEGAL!!! G, why don’t we just let EVERYONE do WHATEVER THEY WANT??? Yeah, makes sense!

  5. Kahoneez says:

    Did his “job stress ” cause him to tie a rope around his gentiles , according to police report .

    This clown is a loud , over dramatic infotainer that shouldn’t even be working on CNN ,especially after his ridiculous and embarrassing bust in Central park .

    I think drugs should be legal , but gessuz , do them at H O M E , not in a public park like the local deviants .

  6. schn0x says:

    he looks like a crack head in that 2nd photo.

  7. wondering how says:

    How is it that CNN still employs him after that bust? If it had been Candy Crowley, caught at 3:40 am in Central Park, high on meth, with a rope around her neck tied to her genitals, I am pretty sure she, or any other CNN talking head, would have been canned.

    Quest must be a spy, or have some other value to them….

  8. The animation is quite stunning and wonderful though, as is the costuming and set design (in so much as there were sets and not just green screens, I’m sure SOME actual props were used). There are some clever elements that owe only to good visual design and direction I’m sure, as the only other clever bits in the dialogue were the parts directly lifted from the originals.

  9. chris says:

    “If it had been Candy Crowley, caught at 3:40 am in Central Park, high on meth, with a rope around her neck tied to her genitals, I am pretty sure she, or any other CNN talking head, would have been canned.”

    There’s no law against shoving M&M’s into a chocolate smeared mouth, which would no doubt be Crowley’s “crime”.

  10. Sebastian says:

    He is a very good journalist because he is quite original and not boring.
    From time to time each of us are doing something stupid.
    If there are guys that are not doing something stupid in their life then are boring, predictable guys.