Former KTVU Anchor Frank Somerville Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail

By Kevin Eck 

Former KTVU anchor Frank Somerville was sentenced to 30 days in jail on Monday after pleading no contest to reckless driving under the influence and admitting to a probation violation.

Somerville faced several misdemeanors after being arrested twice in Berkeley in a nine-hour span following allegations of a family fight and drunk driving in June 2023. At the time, he was accused of assault, making criminal threats, public intoxication along with a probation violation, and was booked into Berkeley City Jail.

After he was released from jail, Somerville was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and a probation violation. Family members alleged he returned to the house around 3:30 a.m. and started ringing the doorbell.


Somerville made headlines in three separate incidents in 2021 after being arrested on DUI charges in December, slurring his words during a newscast in June and being sent home after a disagreement with the news director in September.

While the charges around the family altercation were dropped, Somerville admitted to violating his probation and faces a “wet-reckless” charge. The charge refers to a DUI that has been knocked down to reckless driving.

SFGATE said it’s not certain that Somerville will do any jail time. Somerville’s lawyer told the outlet she has applied for an alternative program.

Part of the plea deal includes paying $830 in fines, a nine-month DUI program, a one year of court probation and a no-contact order with his brother for a year.

“We feel really vindicated that all of the charges related to any of the family allegations were dismissed,” said his lawyer.