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Richie Sambora May Nip DUI in the Bud -- Get It?

3/29/2008 11:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Richie Sambora may dodge a bullet in his DUI bust earlier this week, and not because of legal footwork -- because he may not have been DUI.

Sambora volunteered to submit to a blood alcohol test after he was popped in Laguna Beach. It may take a week before we know the results. But several sources -- who know what the alleged drunk drank -- tell TMZ Richie simply didn't drink much at all before the cops stopped him, and the blood test may register below the .08 legal limit in Calif.

True enough, if he was driving erratically and had any alcohol in him, he could still theoretically be charged with DUI. But that may not be in the cards either.

There's a buzz that Heather may go into court to wrestle away some of Richie's custody of their kid, Ava. Our sources say, ain't gonna happen. Part of the reason -- Heather has her own issues. But the biggest reason is that we're told Richie may be the best dad in rock & roll -- he has flown from gigs in Japan to see Ava play softball.

And you thought TMZ only took shots. Apology accepted.


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if the truth is he was not DUI. let the truth be in just as bright and bold print.

2398 days ago


That is good news. I hope everything works out for him and Heather!

2398 days ago

it takes a molester    

The truth will set you free hopefully Ritchie Sambora.

2398 days ago


Like I said from minute one, you are innocent till PROVEN guilty - there's a reason for this! Truly hope it works out for him - he's had enough tragedy in his life the past few years without adding this to it!

2398 days ago


Heather should rethink regarding getting custody. This is the same person who said she does not get up early with her daughter. I saw her on Oprah years ago. She is such a bitch.

2398 days ago


Well I feel bad for making a quick judgement. Hope it all works out. Still sorry that Ava had to witness it.

2398 days ago


Free Richie

2398 days ago


"apology accepted"? Give me a freaking break. You people take potshots ALL the time. Just because this time you might have to print the whole truth doesn't mean anyone owes you people an apology.

2398 days ago


He had no tragedy he was with Denise Richards rite away !!!!! She was suppose to be Heather's best friend but watch out Heather she is the bitch !!!!!! I think that Richie & heather should get joint custody, what is ever the best for the child thats how i look at it. Ava would appreciate seeing her dad also once a week or whatever the courts permit. Heather seems like a good mom but im not the one who sees her everyday with her child so the courts will determine who sees Ava & who gets Ava in time !!!!!

2398 days ago


You mean he might not have any excuse for erratic driving?

2398 days ago


"And you thought TMZ only took shots. Apology accepted."

...“who know what the alleged drunk drank”

You don't call that a shot? What planet are your 8th grade writers from? Taking shots is all you know. Call your mom a drunk, but then tell her you mean it in the nicest way. When you recover from the bitch slap you receive, maybe she'll tell you "apology accepted".

2398 days ago


Does anyone see anyone on here apologizing at all? I don't. Sort of enforces the pompous, holier-than-thou, tear-em-apart TMZ mentality that pervades this enttre website. "And you thought TMZ ONLY took shots" is an admission that they do take shots at people.

2398 days ago


People chill, tmz is doing their job if u don't like what they have to say then don't read it. U r the people that r pathetic for criticizing everything they say. I love tmz they r the only accurate site with their info and I won't believe it until I've read it on tmz.

2398 days ago


So because he flew to a softball game, it is ok to drive drunk with your daughter in the car? Ok so if he was below the "legal" limit, was he below the "moral" limit. I do not understand why do you need to have a drink at all if you are driving, and especially if you are driving with children. Also, the man has been to rehab, so should he even have one drink? Who is gonna step in and protect this little girl from two oobviously self destructive parents?

2398 days ago


It is sad that so many were so quick to harshly judge him for drunk driving when we didn't and still don't know all the facts.

2398 days ago
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