New Jersey stand-up comedian and former radio co-host Artie Lange was arrested in a halfway house for violating his drug court program, authorities said.
At 7:42 a.m. Tuesday, Lange was arrested at Freedom House, a halfway house and addiction treatment center, said Kevin Lynch, spokesman for the Essex County Sheriff’s Office.
After Lange failed to adhere to all instructions by a drug court judge, a warrant was issued for his arrest Monday, Lynch said.
“He was taken into custody for failing to comply with the terms of his participation in the drug program,” said Katherine Carter, spokeswoman for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Lange’s time in the drug court system dates back to an incident from a few years ago, said Carter. Lange was originally charged and placed on probation, but violated probation by using drugs, she said. A judge ordered Lange to jail, but he applied and was accepted into drug court, which landed him in a residential treatment program.
Lange was processed Tuesday morning and will be held in the Essex County Correctional Facility until a judge can re-evaluate him.
Lange’s comedy career rose to prominence as a cast member on “MadTV” and a co-host of “The Howard Stern Show” for almost 10 years. Most recently he’s been part of the cast of the TV series “Crashing.”
He has also struggled with substance abuse through his life. He’s been vocal about his addiction. In December, he tweeted about using cocaine shortly after leaving rehab.
“I’m a bad addict,” Lange tweeted. “I had to see if I could get high. It was awful.”
Guys I will tweet about this once. Today in court they drug tested me. For the last decade or more they’d have found both Heroin and Cocaine. With the help of in my eyes a miracle legal medication called Suboxen I tested negative for Heroin. I haven’t used Heroin in 41 days…
— Artie Lange (@artiequitter) December 14, 2018