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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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blackberry_curve@yahoo.com    

Wow. I was literally *just* thinking of him the other day. I was wondering if he was going to kickl; you know... die. And then I read this! AMAZING. I wonder how his Diff'rent Strokes star wife feels about this. *Very* embarrassing.

2503 days ago
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angel46    

What's an old man doing drinking till drunk, anyway? Get a life!

2503 days ago
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Moose    

wow, really surprised at this.

2503 days ago
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Melissa    

What's up with those shorts and shoes???!!!! ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!! That's funny as hell!!!

2503 days ago
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L.S    

What a LOOSER....what's up with the short shorts dork

2503 days ago
66.

DJ    

He should of been arrested just for wearing the gay shorts and loafers.

2503 days ago
67.

lisa    

was he drunk when he picked out those shoes?

2503 days ago
68.

sheesh    

He should be arrested for those shorts and shoes! fashion police, arrest that man!

2503 days ago
69.

Fred    

Bet he gets at least 90 minutes of jail time.

2503 days ago
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Leila    

Add Gary Collins to the list of drunks that need to go back to rehab.

2503 days ago
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mrsparker    

Gary Collins is "legendary"???? That's a real stretch!

2503 days ago
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divalasvegas    

How hard is it to call a cab if you've been drinking? This a$$hole could have killed that 80 year old man. The fact that he was drunk at 5:30 means he'd been drinking all afternoon. I have no patience with drunk drivers and when celebrities do it like they are somehow above the law, it infuriates me. Gary Collins and that robotron wife of his have always creeped me out. I bet he's sauced most of the time.

2503 days ago
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Renee    

I hope the driver of the Toyota is going to be alright.

2503 days ago
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j-300C    

He deserves jail time for wearing those shoes. What a pooh butt!

2503 days ago
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quin177@yahoo.com    

They also need to charge him with shorts to high up his ass!!

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