Bree Walker, Ex-Anchor, Faces DUI Charges

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    Bree Walker

    A former TV news anchor at CBS was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk, Anaheim police said.

    Bree Walker, a radio talk show host, actress, and disability-rights activist, was taken into custody after a traffic stop for a red-light violation at 12:30 a.m. near South Beach Boulevard and West Ball Road, said Lt. Tim Schmidt, a spokesman with the Anaheim Police Department.

    She failed a field sobriety test after police smelled what they believed to be alcohol and noticed she appeared "disheveled," Schmidt said.

    A pit bull inside her vehicle was taken by Orange County Animal Control, officials said. Walker was due in court in about a month.

    Walker, 61, worked as a news anchor and reporter in San Diego, New York City, and Los Angeles.

    Walker, of Venice, inherited ectrodactyly, a rare genetic condition, resulting in missing fingers and toes and syndactyly resulting in fingers and toes being fused together.

    Established and well into her career at the ABC affiliate KGTV Channel 10 in San Diego, Walker decided to go public with her ectrodactyly after previously keeping her hands hidden inside a pair of glove-like prosthetic hands.

    She went into rehab for alcohol dependency in 2007, according to news reports.