Lower Merion Police are awaiting the results of a blood test that Bobby Rydell received Tuesday afternoon after the crooner crashed his Bentley into the wall of a Main Line yoga studio. Rydell, who is listed on an accident report under his real name Robert Ridarelli, was briefly taken into custody, but has not been charged. “Alcohol may have been involved,” Bill Boegly, captain of operations for the Lower Merion Police Department told us this afternoon.
Rydell told Action News yesterday that he had “a couple drinks at lunch” but he didn’t think he was impaired. Boegly says if Rydell’s blood were to show he was over the legal limit of .08 percent he could be charged in the accident in which he hit the Jai Yoga Studio (727 Montgomery) in Narberth. Boegly said Rydell is not prohibited from leaving the area, which is good, as he is working the Suncoast in Las Vegas this weekend.
Rydell declined to speak with us yesterday, though his wife Linda Hoffman Rydell said she was glad nobody was hurt and wished the incident had not become such a big deal. She said Rydell told her he had tried to turn into the parking lot to get away from a car following behind too closely. She also said the Bentley did not suffer any body damage.