While news reporting is his business, an Arizona reporter never thought he would make the news for...doing his business.
According to the New York Daily News, 33-year-old KPHO reporter Jonathan Lowe was caught by a neighbor leaning against a wall outside her home to defecate.
The neighbor called police and Lowe was arrested for public defecation, then charged with a misdemeanor. He told the police that he was feeling sick. If convicted, he faces a $2,500 fine or six months in jail.
Lowe was in the neighborhood reporting on Patrick Zane Thompson, a former Arizona State University football star who allegedly sacrificed the family dog by placing it in a BBQ smoker.
The woman who called the police said this could have all been avoided if Lowe would have asked to use her bathroom instead.
KPHO news director Dan Wilson told the Times Wednesday that Lowe was still employed, though the channel’s Thursday night write-up of their colleague’s legal troubles called him a "former KPHO/KTVK reporter."
The journalist’s bio page on the station’s site is no longer active, while a list of his articles shows the story he was covering during his bathroom breakdown.