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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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16.

ME    

When you become an actor it's required that you get drunk and hit cars. I think it's in their contracts.

2555 days ago
17.

WHAT    

i agree why does evryone in hollywood and everywhere else for that matter --drink and drive!!!!! GET A CAB PEOPLE!! I DONT WANT MYSELF OR FAMILY ORFRIEND KILLED BECAUSE OF YOUR STUPIDITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WALK GET A CAB ...ETC BUT DONT PUT MY LIFE IN DANGER BECAUSE YOU CANT CONTROL URSELF

2555 days ago
18.

TheONE    

**YAWNNN** another Hollywood Night ....

2555 days ago
19.

annoyed    

Wow, that is sad. I had a huge crush on his wife, Mary Ann Mobley, when I was a kid. Another Hollywood icon torn down.

2555 days ago
20.

Marlb Man    

Isnt he a little old to be acting like this? Time to grow up, old man!

2555 days ago
21.

ME    

Gary was in a rush to help those who had to evacuate from the fires.

2555 days ago
22.

Some Faustkateer    

19. Never mind getting a cab, man, this guy just needs to get some PANTS! Eeek!

2555 days ago
23.

DARK MEAT ONLY    

69 YEARS OLD
old man still sporting nice legs

2555 days ago
24.

hell with them all    

I was driving away from the fire with a beer in hand. OOPs I droped the damn thing and it fell between the girls legs next to me. I raised up and my head got stuck under the edge of her dress. As I reached for the can of beer and at the same time trying not to look under her dress, I did get up in time to see the other car so I took a fast drink and said hell baby we are from Hollywood let her get it done. CRASH and the damn can fell on the floor again. I am from California and I support this add for DUI. All stars either do REHAP or DUI it is a California thing and with the smoke you just can not see when drinking.

2555 days ago
25.

how dumb    

To #14 - What exactly is that comment supposed to mean? Judging by your "name", I'm guessing you are a black person making a crappy comment about a white person ......

Just so you know - when you use names like "take dat betches"... it makes you sound very uneducated and ghetto. That is why so many people make racist comments. Those who use ghetto talk aren't helping matters any.. you are causing a lack of respect for the black community.

Try sounding a little educated and see how much more respect you would get.

2555 days ago
26.

Keith Dyson    

California Drivers Licence requirements for celebuwannabes: I quart of Vodka, 1 gram of Coke, 2 xanax, a 24hour BailBonds number and lawyer..TMZ will do the rest!!

2555 days ago
27.

ME    

You can tell he's so wasted that he has no idea what that black cops saying.

2555 days ago
28.

ms wonderland    

who in the bloody hell IS this person??????? i'm 23, maybe i missed something. Who is he and why do i need to see 40 pics of he accident, TMZ youre losing it.....40 pix?? is there going to be blood and gore???

2555 days ago
29.

ravnmcoy    

Umm...TV Legend???? The guy did PM MAgazine....Not legendary...

2555 days ago
30.

Soonerrose    

Well, he shopulda been arrested for wearing those shoes!!..LOL..

2555 days ago
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