The estranged wife of Anchorman star David Koechner has now asked a Los Angeles court to suspend his visitation rights with their five children following his DUI bust.
Leigh Morgan Koechner filed the request on January 7, and also petitioned for ‘safeguards be put in place to ensure (Koechner’s) sobriety,’ per TMZ.
The 59-year-old actor however is fighting the visitation request, stating that none of the former couple’s kids were in the car at the time of his drunk driving arrest on December 31.
Laying down the law: One week after David Koechner, 59, was arrested and booked for a DUI, his estranged wife Leigh Morgan Koechner has now asked a Los Angeles court to suspend his visitation rights with their five children; former couple are pictured in 2018
Of the safeguards requested by Leigh in her filing she asked that Koechner submit to drug testing as well as a Soberlink device to monitor his alcohol consumption.
The actor (who is also known for comedic performances in The Goldbergs and The Office) is fighting the visitation request, stating that none of the couple’s kids were in the car at the time of the arrest.
Furthermore he claims that he’s driven their five kids with her knowledge, since the December 31 drunk driving incident.
He is also says in his dispute that he is working on his sobriety with professional help.
Family: The former pair share five children together, Charlie, Sargent, Audrey, Margot and Eve; pictured June 2021
Leigh and David were married in 1998 and share five children: sons Charlie and Sargent and daughters Audrey, Margot and Eve.
After 22 years of marriage, David filed to divorce Leigh in 2020 and in his filing, asked for joint legal and physical custody of their three minor kids at the time.
At around 3PM on December 31 police in Simi Valley, California were called about an ‘erratic driver,’ as first reported by TMZ.
Koechner was asked to perform field sobriety tests which he failed after allegedly hitting a street sign with his car. His vehicle was towed shortly afterwards.
Fighting back: The Anchorman star is fighting his estranged wife’s child visitation suspension stating that none of the couple’s kids were in the car at the time of the arrest and that he’s driven their five kids with her knowledge, since the December 31 drunk driving incident; pictured September 21
Booked: He was booked into Ventura County Jail, pictured, at 5:15pm and stayed there until the following morning when he was released just before 6am, after reportedly having blown a .13 in the field and .12 back at the station
According to Law enforcement he had two flat tires when he was pulled over and blew a .13 in the field and .12 back at the station.
Records detail how he was booked into Ventura County Jail at 5:15pm that day to be released the following morning on New Year’s Day, just before 6am.
He now has a court date scheduled for March 30 at the Ventura County Superior Court. It appears to be the actor’s first DUI in the state of California.
One day after he was released from jail, DailyMail.com obtained exclusive photos of the actor filling up a badly dented car at a Shell gas station, though it is not known if the car was the one involved in December 31 crash.
Hollywood highlights: Koechner (second from right) is best known for roles in Anchorman as well as The Goldbergs and various stand-up comedy