Actor David Koechner’s ex-wife accused him of having been in two previous accidents with his kids — while allegedly under the influence — as part of her attempt to suspend his visitation
According to court documents obtained by Radar, the judge presiding over the couple’s divorce shut down the request brought by The Office star’s ex.
As we previously reported, on New Year’s Eve, the actor was arrested for driving under the influence and an alleged hit & run.
Koechner was pulled over in Simi Valley, Cali around 3 PM. Police were called about an erratic driver. They eventually tracked down the actor and claim he had hit a street sign with his car.
He was arrested after failing a field sobriety test.
Jail records show he was booked into the Ventura County Jail two hours later and his car was towed from the scene.
The actor was released from jail hours later. The next day he was seen out and about driving his banged up car to grab a big gulp at a local 7-11.
Koechner is scheduled to appear in court in March on the charges.
The arrest caused his estranged wife Leigh Morgan Koechner to head to court pleading for her ex’s visitation with their children to be suspended. She also asked that “safeguards be put in place to ensure [Koechner’s] sobriety.”
She asked the court to force the actor to submit to random drug tests and use a Soberlink device in his car.
Leigh accuses her ex of having struggled with drug and alcohol abuse “for over seven years and was previously involved in two car accidents with the Minor children where he was under the influence.”
Koechner objected to the request in court. He wrote, “My recent stop for an alleged DUI did not occur with any of our children in my custody.”
He also claimed his ex had asked him to drive their son to the airport two days after his arrest — implying she had no issue with him being around their kids.
Koechner wrote, “I would never do anything to jeopardize the health and safety of our children.”
The judge denied Leigh’s request for an emergency decision on custody. The issue will now be heard at a later date.
The battle is ongoing.
In 2020, Koechner filed for divorce from his wife. They have been married since 1998 and share 5 kids.