Corey Harrison, 40, of Pawn Stars, arrested for drunken driving in hometown Las Vegas… after police say he ‘swerved’ while behind the wheel
- The reality star had just returned to Las Vegas from a trip to Minnesota
- Police insist Las Vegas resident ‘swerved’ while driving
- Harrison claims he was twice denied the use of a breathalyzer because the machines were broken
One of the stars of the long-running reality series Pawn stars is facing a drunken driving charge after being arrested in his hometown of Las Vegas.
TMZ reports that Corey Harrison, 40, was stopped by police early Friday morning, not long after returning to Nevada from a visit to Minnesota.
Officers allege he swerved while driving during a stop at some of the short-term rental properties he manages in Las Vegas.
During a conversation with Harrison, one of the arresting officers said the reality star admitted to having one drink on his flight home about seven hours ago.
Finally, after getting out of his car to take a field sobriety test, Harrison requested a breathalyzer test, but claimed he was denied because the device was broken.
Got caught! Corey Harrison, 40, the main cast member of Pawn Stars, was arrested early Friday morning and charged with driving under the influence in Las Vegas; the reality star is pictured in October 2018
After being told he had failed the field sobriety test, officers took Harrison to a police station, where he was again told that another breath test had not worked.
From there, he was asked to take a blood test, with the stipulation that if he didn’t submit, he would likely spend the entire weekend behind bars.
He ultimately decided to take the blood test and was eventually released about eight hours later.
Harrison told TMZ that his driving privileges were not suspended with police and that he was able to leave the station with his driver’s license.
He even revealed that officers actually offered him a ride home from the police station.
Pawn Stars chronicles the daily activities at the world-famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, a 24-hour family-owned business that opened in 1989.
Corey Harrison started working at the pawn shop at the age of nine and eventually became part of the main cast of the series when it premiered on the History Channel in 2009, along with late family patriarch Richard “Old Man” Harrison, his son Rick Harrison and Corey’s childhood friend Austin “Chumlee” Russell.
The series portrays Chumlee (born Austin Lee Russell), 40, as the comedic foil, often making himself the butt of the others’ jokes due to his perceived lack of intelligence and his incompetence.
Bona fide hit: Pawn Stars was a hit shortly after it premiered on the History Channel in 2009, Corey Harrison starred in the reality series with late family patriarch Richard “Old Man” Harrison, his son Rick Harrison and Corey’s childhood friend Austin “Chumlee” Russel
Test rejected: Corey Harrison claims he was denied a breath test twice because the devices were broken, according to TMZ
Family business: Corey Harrison has worked at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas since he was 9; he is pictured in a recent Instagram photo
To date, Pawn Stars has aired 22 seasons and has become History Channel’s highest-rated show.
So far, there’s no official word on when season 23 will make its debut on History.
Pawn Stars has become a global phenomenon, broadcast in 150 countries and dubbed into 38 languages
Corey Harrison attributed the long and competitive work schedules of his job at Gold & Silver Pawn Shop and the reality show as the reason for his divorce from his second wife, Korina “Kiki” Harrison, in 2018.
The former couple, who reportedly split amicably, co-parent their four-year-old son Richard.