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Sportscaster Al Michaels arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:13 a.m. HST, Apr 22, 2013

SANTA MONICA, Calif. >> NBC Sports announcer Al Michaels was arrested over the weekend in Southern California on suspicion of drunken driving, authorities said Sunday.

Michaels was pulled over at about 9:30 p.m. Friday after officers manning a DUI checkpoint witnessed him make an illegal U-turn, Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis said.

Michaels, the play-by-play man for "Sunday Night Football," was taken to the station, where he registered a blood alcohol level over the .08 percent legal limit, according to Lewis.

He was booked for suspicion of DUI and held for about five hours before being released on his own recognizance, Lewis said.

"We are aware of the situation and we've been in contact with Al," said Greg Hughes, a spokesman for NBC Sports. "We have no further comment at this time."

A call by The Associated Press to Michaels' agent was not immediately returned.

Michaels was ordered to appear in court June 26.

An Emmy Award winner and broadcaster on "Sunday Night Football," the 68-year-old Michaels spent nearly three decades at ABC Sports before moving to NBC in 2007.

Michaels worked NFL games and other sports for ABC, and called "Monday Night Football" for nearly 20 years. He also is known for his call of the U.S.-Soviet Union "Miracle on Ice" game at the 1980 Winter Olympics and the earthquake-interrupted Game 3 of the 1989 World Series.

Last year he received the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting.

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dlum003 wrote:
Gotta wonder why rich people don't hire a cab or a personal driver to get them around safely? Maybe drinking at age 68 isnt a good idea to begin with.
on April 21,2013 | 08:05AM
omd111 wrote:
They don't hire cabs or a driver because our system does not treat driving under the influence as serious. If we were like Japan and imposed a prison sentence of one year and license suspension of 10 years, it would make people think about getting behind the wheel of a car. That is why Japanese do not drive when they go out drinking and only ride cabs.
on April 21,2013 | 08:34AM
allie wrote:
on April 21,2013 | 10:11AM
yrusodz wrote:
This is news why?
on April 21,2013 | 08:38AM
hanalei395 wrote:
It's news because ... now you know.
on April 21,2013 | 08:56AM
inverse wrote:
Because drunk drivers kill thousands of people every year in the US
on April 21,2013 | 12:00PM
kahuku01 wrote:
IRTinverse: Absolutely! and it doesn't matter whether you're a celebrity, law enforcement officer, laborer, rich or poor, "if you drink, don't drive" simple as that, because so many innocent people have died because of DUI. Intoxicated drivers think that it won't happen to them (cause an accident) when they get behind the wheel and a lot of them have never made it safely to their designated destination but RIP. MADD will will always concur...take a cab or a designated driver.
on April 22,2013 | 04:44AM
false wrote:
Maybe because Al Michaels once was a sports announcer in Hawaii before he became famous on the mainland.
on April 21,2013 | 01:38PM
iwanaknow wrote:
Nothing new here folks, just move along please.
on April 21,2013 | 08:48AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I'll miss hearing him say "Sadanio with the ball"...
on April 21,2013 | 09:47AM
allie wrote:
on April 21,2013 | 10:10AM
cojef wrote:
Just another celebrity with a DUI problem, ho hum!
on April 21,2013 | 11:02AM
serious wrote:
I ended up on a DUI checkpoint in NM many moons ago and when it was determined by the vehicles what it was, many, like Al Michaels, made U turns to get the heck out of there. Bu the State Patrol was well versed on that move and they were right there to catch them. Strange, the checkpoint I went through was at 9 in the AM. 12 hours later it would have made more sense.
on April 22,2013 | 07:23AM