WICS Anchor and Reporter Out After Hooters Fight

By Kevin Eck 

Vince DeMentri and Garrett Brnger are out at Springfield, Illinois ABC affiliate WICS.

WICS GM Rick Lipps confirmed the news with The State Journal-Register. Lipps wouldn’t say why the two were let go. “We don’t discuss personnel issues,” said Lipps.

Reports of the incident at Hooters surfaced on social media last week. One woman posted on Facebook Friday that her co-workers saw DeMentri punch Brnger at the restaurant. The post has since been removed.


A 911 call obtained by The State Journal-Register through a Freedom of Information Act request confirmed an altercation at 12:32 a.m. Wednesday at Hooters between two men.

The recording shows that an employee called 911 about a fistfight, and that one of the men was bleeding from the nose. The two men left the restaurant and drove away while Springfield police were en route, one in a black BMW and the other in a black Jeep.

The descriptions matched vehicles driven by DeMentri and Brnger.

Dispatch records show Springfield police stopped the black Jeep at Dirksen Parkway and Ash Street. The driver told the officer he had fallen off a stool.

There are no written police reports about the incident naming DeMentri and Brnger, and the 911 call did not name the two TV personalities.

Deputy Chief Dan Mounce of the Springfield Police Department said reports are only taken if one of the parties involved wants one taken. Mounce declined to comment on the incident.