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TV Legend Gary Collins Busted for DUI Smash Up

10/24/2007 1:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned that legendary TV host and actor Gary Collins, 69, was arrested in an L.A. suburb last night on suspicion of drunk driving after sources say his blood alcohol level was over twice the legal limit.
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Witnesses tell TMZ Collins was driving his black Ford Explorer northbound on Kester Ave. in Sherman Oaks, Calif. around 5:30 PM when he slammed into a blue Toyota driven by an 80-year-old man that was making a left southbound onto Kester Ave. A witness says that Collins was traveling at least 60 mph when he slammed into the Toyota, causing the car to spin around into oncoming traffic. The collision caused Collins' Explorer to lose control and travel into oncoming traffic, where he smashed into two cars parked on the other side of the street.

Witnesses tell us the driver of the Toyota was rendered unconscious, and had to be pulled out of the back passenger door by paramedics who arrived on scene, and was transported to the hospital.

According to witnesses, Collins said he needed to leave the scene, but he was told by bystanders that he should stay, as someone was seriously injured and he could be charged with hit and run. Paging Orlando Bloom!

When police arrived, we're told Collins was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. Cops tried to get Collins to perform a Breathalyzer test -- we're told four times -- but Collins claimed he was hard of hearing and unable to understand officers' instructions. After the fourth time, a witness tells us cops were exasperated with Collins' cagey behavior and arrested him, placing him in the back of a police cruiser. We're told "you could smell [Collins] from five feet away." Cops then administered a blood alcohol test at the station.

Collins was booked into the Van Nuys Jail, and according to the L.A. Sheriff's Department website, was released last night just before midnight on $40,000 bail.

Celeb Mugshots -- click to launchGary is currently hosting "Now Playing with Gary Collins" on Comcast Cable's Retirement Living TV, featuring experts in gerontology and senior lifestyles. Collins is best known for his work as the Emmy-winning host of "Hour Magazine" and "The Home Show."

Collins was arrested in Mississippi in 2002 for DUI, but was found not guilty of the charges. Collins and wife Mary Ann Mobley, Miss America of 1959, celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary next month.

This just in: Gary was also cited by the Fashion Police!
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rosa    

Bleach your teeth Gary, they are yellow/green.... Ick

2422 days ago
2.

Fat Albert    

It doesn't matter who the guy is! He broke the law. He was over twice the legal limit. How forgiving would you be if he had killed one of your family members? Would he still be a "Stand up guy"? I think the judge was too easy on him.

2461 days ago
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Scorpiomamma    

I wonder if he gets as much time as Mike Vick. Somehow, I doubt it.

2457 days ago
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JV    

Does everyone in Hollyweird drink/drug and drive? Everytime we turn on the news or log onto the Net, another star or star wannabe is busted for a DUI.

They could injure or kill someone. I hope CA judges and law-makers wake up and pass and enforce tougher DUI laws.

2505 days ago
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Dawn Day    

Yet another one busted for DUI. Stay off the roads in Calli!!!

2505 days ago
6.

Lolita    

Man, this guy seriously has no lips.

2505 days ago
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confused    

If you sat outside every bar in America you would catch thousands upon thousands of DUI's every single day. Everybody acts so surprised when someone gets a DUI when it is a condoned practice by every bar in the United States. How hypocritcal!

2505 days ago
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ME    

He needs to see a dentist ASAP!

2505 days ago
9.

Giggles    

Well, things don't look good for him based on this story, but there is another side.

2505 days ago
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Boo Hoo    

7. If you sat outside every bar in America you would catch thousands upon thousands of DUI's every single day. Everybody acts so surprised when someone gets a DUI when it is a condoned practice by every bar in the United States. How hypocritcal!

Posted at 10:54AM on Oct 24th 2007 by Tony
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It is not leaving a bar that gets you arrested. It is doing dumb things like smashing into another person's car or riding on the wrong side of a highway into oncoming traffic like Nicole Richie. If you can't handle your boos, stay the hell of the road.

2505 days ago
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TMSG    

I know this is kinda random, but I NEVER THOUGHT IN A MILLION YEARS I would have a reason to share Gary Collins gossip. But, I've heard he is a bit of a mooch, inviting himself and his wife along for trips with wealthy friends (we're talking the private jet wealthy) and never offers to pick up a tab. So, karmically speaking, he had a DUI comming.

2505 days ago
12.

OCD    



Smoke was in his eyes.


2505 days ago
13.

djdw61    

Is he still married to Mary Ann Mobley? Wasn't he married to her??

2505 days ago
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ME    

Where's his mug shot????

2505 days ago
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Nickie    

Wow.. That is very disappointing. I wonder if all his informercial gigs will pull him out of their ads.

2505 days ago
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