Wednesday, August 4, 2010

TV’s Derek Hayward arrested — three days after wife, ex-Ch. 25 anchor Lisa Hayward

TV’s Derek Hayward arrested — three days after wife, ex-Ch. 25 anchor Lisa Hayward

Posted By Jose Lambiet On August 1, 2010 @ 7:58 pm In Breaking News, Broward, Busted, Catfights, Island’s Finest, Media, Palm Beach Gardens, Wellington, West Palm Beach, crash, miami 46 Comments

Three days after former WPBF-Channel 25 anchorwoman Lisa Hayward [1] was arrested for DUI, her husband, Miami’s WSVN-Channel 7 [2]reporter Derek Hayward [3], ended up seeing the inside of a jail cell on suspicion of domestic violence.

According to the arrest report, Derek, 59, was nabbed by Coconut Creek cops [4] Saturday night after a spat with Lisa as they drove home from a restaurant with their children, sons who are 10 and 13.

Derek Hayward's mug shot, courtesy Coconut Creek Police (Click on the photo for more)
An insider tells me the Haywards were arguing about Lisa’s recent arrest when things really got heated up. Derek, who drove, admitted he grabbed his wife by her shirt as she sat on the passenger’s seat, then kicked her and the children out.

Lisa's booking mug (Click on the photo for more)
He was charged with simple battery, a misdemeanor. There was no evidence he hit her.

Known for his British accent and hard-hitting tabloid-style reporting, Hayward has been a permanent fixture on the SoFla media landscape for 20 years, always at the Fox affiliate.

He and Lisa have been married for 17 years. He once described how scared he was when, in 2008, Lisa stopped responding to phone calls and vanished for several hours after a public appearance. Derek and the Channel 25 [6] brass were alerting police departments alongside I-95 when she popped up about 1 a.m. Her cell’s ring was on silent, and she didn’t realize she’d been receiving frantic calls.

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Lisa and Derek Hayward in happier times, last October (Michele Sandberg/Special to Page2Live)
Derek at the time said he was particularly worried because, two weeks earlier, Lisa had been in a serious car crash on her return from interviewing [7] Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil [8] in his room at The Breakers [9].

The 39-year-old Lisa was charged with four DUI-related infractions [1] early Wednesday night when she drove her Honda into a tree in Pompano Beach.She missed her morning TV gig as she remained locked up for 16 hours before Derek bonded her out.

Lisa Hayward became a morning anchorwoman at the Sun-Sentinel’s TV station in Fort Lauderdale, WSFL [10] last year when her primetime anchoring contract at Channel 25 [6] in West Palm Beach wasn’t renewed. She was on the air in Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast for 10 years.

The latest incident also could have been fueled by alcohol. The police report notes both Lisa and Derek reeked of alcohol when officers spoke to them separately.

Lisa called 911 about 8 p.m. Saturday after Derek stopped his car and kicked them out a few miles from their home. Derek described the argument in the vehicle as nothing more than “a tussle.”

Derek was released from jail Sunday morning.

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