A sheriff’s office spokesman said that Lange “appeared to be sober” when he was arrested.
Artie Lange, comedian and former co-host of The Howard Stern Show, has been arrested for violating the terms of his probation laid out by a New Jersey drug court.
According to the New Jersey Patch, Lange was arrested at about 7:30 on Tuesday morning (May 21) at Freedom House, and is being held in Essex County jail.
A spokesperson for the Essex County Sheriff’s Office said that Lange appeared sober and “coherent” when he was arrested. It’s not clear how he violated the terms of his release.
Kevin Lynch, a spokesman for the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, denied reports that Lange had been found with heroin last week, though he would not expand on this.
Officials reportedly told Radar Online, “Lange is non-compliant. Consequently, he will be taken into custody by officers from the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. He will be returned to the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark.”
They added, “All the stories gave the impression he was doing great, but that is not the case.”
The day before his arrest, Lange posted a picture of himself at a gas station where he is working, with Howard Stern’s new book, Howard Stern Comes Again.
“Pumping gas and reading Howard Sterns new book, which is great by the way,” Lange posted on his Twitter account using a third party. “I read in 2004 Trump interview with me there. I’m reading about the POTUS when a guy yells at me ‘yo fill it with regular’ lol, my crazy life!”
Lange is on four years’ probation stemming from heroin charges. He violated the probation twice already and was jailed earlier this year. His work release required him to get a local job, which is why he was pumping gas at a New Jersey Exxon.
“I gotta pump gas for 10 more days and then I’m satisfying the program I think. If this gets back to Howard, tell him I love him. I love him to death and I miss him,” Lange said in a video posted last week. “I gotta pump gas! I’ll be back onstage soon, though. I promise.”
In a YouTube video posted by a fan Lange said that his eight years on The Howard Stern Show (until 2009) were a great experience. Although the two have lost touch, Lange said Stern supported him as much as anyone could.
“There’s a million times Howard said to me, ‘Go to rehab, take as long as you want, and when you come back, you got a job.’ What else can you expect, and I shit all over that because I was a drug addict. Howard did me right. I love him.”