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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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91.

He's Boring now    

Way to go Brad #1...it takes an available person with much time on their hands and lighting fast typing skills to attain a FIRST on TMZ. I've tried in the past but have never reached it.

#92 Jenna: You are obviously very slow in response given there were 91 people ahead of your posting. Try doing a refresh over and over while sitting idly at your terminal at work and you too may get the coveted #1 someday.

I will keep trying and you should too

2466 days ago
92.

Merry Christmas    

Gary should have stayed in his select comfort bed instead!

2466 days ago
93.

5 cent    

Gary Collins had too many kegs
He drove drunk and now has to beg
to get Lilo's attorney
but he won't get out of jail free
cause he hasn't got Lohan's pair of legs

2466 days ago
94.

how dumb    

By the way #59 - exactly what is a RECENT RACE??? You're the jackass.

2466 days ago
95.

seanflynn    

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

The word is LOSER, loser - what in the world is a LOOSER?

2466 days ago
96.

how dumb    

To #90 - now you are just trying to antagonize..... take your racist comments and place them where there is a story relating to race. you're an a**hole

2466 days ago
97.

how dumb    

To #90 - now you are just trying to antagonize..... take your racist comments and place them where there is a story relating to race. you're an a**hole

2466 days ago
98.

take dat betches    

ok then,

being & talking ghetto is not a crime, nor is it a barrier to success. i make 6 figures. there are rappers and ball players proud to be ghetto making millions. how 'bout you, betch?

2466 days ago
99.

deelicious    

What really gets me about this is that the fire dept had to respond to this accident caused by this drunk moron while in San Diego People are losing their homes because there is a shortage of firefighters.

2466 days ago
100.

Zencat    

Well, different strokes for different folks, but i thought he was much shorter and African-American. Just goes to show how a good kid can go wrong.

2466 days ago
101.

BARBARA    

IT IS A REAL SHAME THAT ALL THESE ACTORS HAVE EVERYTHING AND THEY GO AND SCREW IT UP.HE WAS ALWAYS A SNOB SO MAYBE IT WAS TIME THAT PEOPLE SAW HIS TRUE COLORS.IT'S BAD ENOUGH WHEN KIDS DRINK AND DRIVE BUT WHEN GROWN PEOPLE HIS AGE DRINK AND DRIVE IT UNBELIEVABLE.GARY COLLINS SHOULD REALLY BE ASHAMED OF HIM SELF HE SETS A VERY BAD EXAMPLE AND I HOPE THEY GIVE HIM JUST WHAT HE DESERVES THE MAXIMUM PUNISHMENT FOR HIS DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE.I HOPE THE JUDGE STICKS IT TO HIM.

2466 days ago
102.

DingDong DingDong    

#3

Don't worry, Everything will be fine, he'll just go to rehab like all those other Hollyweird people.

That will make eveything OK, don't you know.

2466 days ago
103.

diana    

wow he's 80??? i didnt know that nice legs, lol j/k

2466 days ago
104.

nonnie    

How stupid to pretend he couldn't hear the cops. It is an insult to us senior citizens--we all are not hard of hearing--This guy has always been a phony--now he nearly killed himself and several of other people. DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE

2466 days ago
105.

Deana    

I saw him at Casa Vega once. I wonder if that's where he was drinking. Lots and lots of loaded people coming out of that place.

2466 days ago
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