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Wallace Cited in Disturbance Outside N.Y. Restaurant

Aug 11, 2004  •  Post A Comment

“60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace was back on the job Wednesday morning after being handcuffed and hauled away Tuesday night to a police precinct by inspectors for New York City’s Taxi & Limousine Commission because his driver had double-parked while Mr. Wallace picked up a take-out meatloaf dinner from a favorite Upper East Side restaurant.

The 86-year-old CBS newsman started his unexpectedly busy day Wednesday on “Imus in the Morning” saying that the incident was a “misunderstanding” and that two hours later he was microwaving the dinner that started it all and that the meatloaf was delicious.

A spokesman for the TLC told the New York Post that Mr. Wallace “was observed to be overly assertive” and “disrespectful to the inspectors. He was asked to step away three times. He did not comply.”

However, in the reports that made the late local newscasts Tuesday in New York, a number of people who witnessed the incident denied that Mr. Wallace had behaved inappropriately and volunteered to speak on his behalf.

A CBS News spokesman said Wednesday that Mr. Wallace was neither photographed nor fingerprinted by authorities before being quickly released with a summons for disorderly conduct and an October court date.