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Richie Off the Wagon -- Popped For DUI

3/26/2008 1:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned Richie Sambora was arrested for DUI in Laguna Beach, Calif.

Law enforcement sources tell us the Bon Jovi guitarist was pulled over by the Laguna Beach PD just before 11:00 PM last night. Cops say they observed him driving erratically in a black Hummer and pulled him over. He failed numerous field sobriety tests and was detained for DUI.

At the station, a cooperative Sambora opted to take a blood test rather than blow into a breathalyzer. Laguna Beach PD tells TMZ there's no indication of drugs.

Sambora was released around 4:00 AM this morning.

In 2007, Richie had not one, but two stints in rehab.

A spokesperson for Bon Jovi had no comment.

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shannon    

#17...Im hear ya. They better be in Tampa. He's just thinkikng of himself, and it's so wrong. The tour starts in five days...what a complete idiot. You are all right...take a cab or a limo. Unbelievable

2318 days ago
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SuzyCreamCheese    

Child abuse charges should be added to DUI, what a dumbass

2318 days ago
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bon jovi fan for life.aryals mom    

i have been a fan since i was 8 years old. i always bragged how you never heard anything negative about this band, especially in the 80's when so much was going on in the rock world. i am very distraught over this, i hope richie gets help soon, i would hate to see this ruin his awesome career. he really needs to follow in jon's footsteps. i know there is an problem with alcohol but his judgement was way off, first off there are too many risks out there when driving drunk, especially with other drivers but to have passengers in the car too, come on now. that is so irresponsible.. and juveniles, what are you thinking??? the female adult in the car, what was she thinking letting hm drive let alone riding with him and allowing the juveniles to be in the vehicle.. people, you need to THINK!!!!! i hope richie gets the help he needs and soon, next time he may not be so fortunate not to have hurt himself or someone else.

2318 days ago
64.

Ice Water    

The poor guy probably had to self-medicate to deal with that scary Halloween mask of a face of his. Lay off the Botox, son!

2318 days ago
65.

Julie    

This is proof that rehab doesn't just magically get you sober unless you actually believe you have a problem and want to quit and are willing to do some work yourself.

Has it gotten bad enough for you Richie, or do you still think you can control it?

2318 days ago
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annonymous    

I have to wonder WHY he would decide to pull this stupid stunt mid-tour!!!!!! And why with Ava??? I always thought more of him than this. He will soon find out how it feels to lose the respect he has had for so many years!!!

2318 days ago
67.

nury    

Ojala que pronto sienta la cabeza!!!!!!!! Richie eso no se ase =( =(

animosssssssssss!!!!!!!

2318 days ago
68.

Becki    

I agree with Heather. It BETTER NOT affect the tour. Going to see them in Dallas April 14.

2318 days ago
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Tiarra    

OMG!! whats with the poor ritchie comments?! does anyone get the fact that this guy drove with alcohol in his system with his little girrl??? who bloody well cares that hes done stints in rehab and there are jackasses that feel sorry for this piece of crap?! i loved bon jovi in the 80s but im not about to excuse him of this. he couldve killed his own child or someone elses. its time the california courts start throwin the book at these people.

2318 days ago
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*Ice Sapphire* BJ Fan Forever...    

Oh my God. This is ridiculous. I have been a HUGE fan of Bon Jovi since I was like two, and I have always admired Richie for his talent. But this here.. is UNACCEPTABLE!!! He has his 10-YEAR-OLD daughter in the truck along with another child, and another woman beside him- WHO WAS TOLD by Ms. Locklear (might I add) to drive home his daughter home. That woman could have easily taken the keys from him IF she wasn't drinking at the time, this is not yet known. This is the most dumbest thing that Richie could have done so far. YES he is human, and we ALL make mistakes, but if he knows that he has his daughter with him, he shouldn't drink and drive. I lost my cousin in a car accident due to a drunk driver, so him behind the wheel. even if he has a TRACE amount of alcohol in his system, is unacceptable and inexcusable. I feel sympathy for his daughter. You would think that going to rehab twice in one year might do the trick, but unfortunately, it didn't work for Richie. Richie- It's time that you get your act together and leave the alcohol behind. Drink when you are home, not out on the road. It's time that you start being a good role model for your daughter. I know you have been through a lot these past few years, but alcohol is NEVER the answer and just this act alone really ruins your image as well as the bands image to society alone. It's time to get your head out of your ass and go sober for a while. You are 59 years old, I think it's time for you to drop the bottle and fly straight. As a fan, you have my support, but you need to stop drinking for awhile and get your head straight.

2318 days ago
71.

Vamps    

remember when Alec John was a drunk and was booted out of Bon Jovi for his problems so why anit this plastic reject! who seems to have the same problems as him because he kisses Jon's butt!!

2318 days ago
72.

Jersey Girl    

If every one was perfect, we would be living in a fantasy world. But in reality… everyone is not perfect…

Richie is a great guy, and a talented musician… who happens to be living in the real world…. he made a mistake and hopefully he’ll learn by it… or call me the next time he needs ride : )

2318 days ago
73.

chrissy    

MAN THIS SUCKS FOR HIM HOPE IT DOESNT RUIN IT FOR HIM THE BAND AND ALL I LOVE THE BAND HAVE FOR MANY YEARS HOPE JON CAN GET HIM THE BEST HELP CAUSE HE REALLY NEEDS IT GOOD LUCK TO HIM... ALWAYS A FAN..

2318 days ago
74.

Sdawg    

Now he's Wanted.....Dead or Alive.

2318 days ago
75.

Tyra Banks    

Oh, Tyra, you are so right, my model sista.

2317 days ago
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