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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.
Gary Collins arrested: click to see photos
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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31.

kim suck    

see black people--whites get DUIs too!

2524 days ago
32.

english    

Nice pumps! Seriously, are those women's shoes?

2524 days ago
33.

jbird    

In NY they had a good idea going for a while-Hold bar owners liable for DWI. I have a feeling the police unions torpedoed the idea for lack of work complaints.

2524 days ago
34.

Emergency Broadcast System    

Hey, look! Chewbacca has a girlfriend! And she's a little trouble-maker by the looks of it.

Ah...I see upon closer inspection that it's just some dude with really hairy girl legs (never wear your best Italian leather loafers with SHORTS, buddy).

Pfff, seriously, some legend. I've never heard of this guy. His bail will be set at $1.75.

2524 days ago
35.

Flake    

Put some socks on.

This isn't Miami Vice - Crockett and Tubbs.

2524 days ago
36.

luvsmykids    

I guess rehab is next? Isn't that what one promises the judge in order to get a lighter sentence? It's funny that it takes a possible jail sentence to make somebody realize they might have a problem.

2524 days ago
37.

Cankle    

That outfit alone is an arrestable offense.

2524 days ago
38.

wasted days and wasted nights    

Honestly, there needs to be some sort of private dispatch service for these celebrities who drink and drive. You would think they would enforce one on themselves as a good-for-business-if-not-saving-lives move. The dispatcher could either call a cab or a limo or a friend or whomever..and all is well or at least not a headline the next day.

2524 days ago
39.

willway73    

if drinking and driving is illegal then why does every bar in america have parking lots hmmmm thats odd

2524 days ago
40.

Steve    

WHO? He ought to be arrested for wearing those too-short shorts with loafers...Yuck!

2524 days ago
41.

Democrats are evil    

Drunks are just unhappy people doing their best to escape their unhappy lives. Hollywood is apparently full of unhappiness. I guess when you make a living telling lies for a living, the only way some people can live with themselves is to drink until you can't feel anything anymore. Welcome to the "I'm just another unhappy drunk loser club", Gary!
Too bad you screw up other peoples lives along the way,

2524 days ago
42.

tommy + pam + kid = STD's?    

To the genius who said you shouldn't drink and drive if you can't handle your "boos". You sir/madam are an idiot. You can't spell and drinking and driving is ILLEGAL, STUPID AND DANGEROUS TO OTHERS. I could care less if you wish to kill yourself, but why should someone else have to go down because of your stupidity.

Gary Collins should have done what everyone should do when you drink. DON'T DRIVE!
Now he'll have to pay for it. With cash and time in jail, or maybe there's a old folks home/rehab he can attend with other old alcoholics (like Nick Nolte). What a putz.

The cops need to patrol the bars better and try to keep these dumbasses off the roads. It amazes me how cigarettes are maligned in public and taxes are sky high on them, but booze goes untouched. Booze causes more family problems, job loss, divorce, health problems, legal problems and costs society more money than cigarettes ever could.

It's ridiculous.

2524 days ago
43.

Georgia Girl    

Nothing like a DUI to revive the old career.

2524 days ago
44.

heyyou    

wow must have been like a rollercoaster spinning round and round

2524 days ago
45.

just sayin    



A drunk in penny-loafers and khaki shorts! Okay, now that I've quit laughing at that, who is this guy? Never heard of him.

2524 days ago
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