WSOC meteorologist charged with violating protective order


WSOC-TV meteorologist John Ahrens spent a second weekend in the Mecklenburg County Jail after he was charged with violating a domestic violence protective order filed by his estranged wife.

Ahrens, 38, was charged a week ago with misdemeanor assault on a female and spent two nights in jail. Saturday, he was back in jail , a Sheriff’s Office web site showed.

In court papers filed after the first arrest, Ahrens’ wife, Sobrina Driver, said that when she went to pick up their 15-month-old daughter – as part of their custody agreement – Ahrens threw rocks at her. One, she said, hit her above the eye and required two stitches.

She obtained the protective order that banned Ahrens from contacting or seeing the toddler until his court appearance on Tuesday.

Ahrens has steadfastly denied the charges against him. Sunday, Time Warner Cable News (Channel 14) quoted a WSOC official saying: “John is complying fully with the letter of the law and denying any charges.”

Ahrens and Driver were married in 2013 and separated in June. Since then, they’ve been in a contentious divorce and custody dispute. Each has accused the other of having psychological issues, court documents show. Ahrens filed a suit against Driver in July, alleging defamation and slander.

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