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Cops: Sambora Ain't No Child Endangerer

4/14/2008 7:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Law enforcement sources tell us there's a dogfight inside the Laguna Beach PD, where the brass has recommended that prosecutors file child endangerment charges against Sambora for his DUI bust March 26. We're told "a significant number of officers" inside the department feel there's no evidence of child endangerment. There was no smell of alcohol on his breath, and no evidence of dangerous or erratic driving.

Sambora's 10-year-old daughter Ava, along with Ava's 17-year-old cousin and Richie's GF, were also in the car when he was popped. Looks like Richie's blood alcohol level was over the legal limit. But that's not the end of the story.

In order to file child endangerment charges, prosecutors look to the actual behavior of the suspect. In this case, we're told Sambora exhibited no "dangerous conduct." The reason he was stopped in the first place was because his big-ass Hummer had crossed the line in which it was supposed to be traveling. We're told crossing the line was a function of how large the vehicle was, not evidence that Sambora was impaired.

Richie boy was cooperative and responsive at the scene, and many of the cops believe there was "no aggravated conduct to support child endangerment." Why would prosecutors risk losing a high-profile case on a charge where they just don't have the goods? That's what we're thinkin.'
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dawn    

FIRSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSST

2299 days ago
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detectiveoliviabenson    

first!

2299 days ago
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Lillianne    

Carrie you're an ass

2299 days ago
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Lillianne    

That goes for you too detectivenoliver

2299 days ago
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Kelli    

No story here. He isn't "wanted dead or alive."

2299 days ago
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Elizabeth    

Riche will have to take responsibility......This one's tough for him, it puts him in a very negative light. This is a HUGE wake up call. Somebody could have been really hurt. This is actually a good thing. I am sure he'll turn it around! LOts of prayers going your way.

2299 days ago
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Maxim    

What...No one has anything to say to me???

2299 days ago
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What-eva!    

Oh, okay, so driving while LEGALLY over the limit of impairment does not constitute endangering your child? Is that just celeb law or does that go across the board for the rest of us "nobody's"???

2299 days ago
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w    

Maxim, here here, when is that "trend" going to die out...

2299 days ago
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MBH    

If he wasn't pulled over for any eratic driving and has no smell of alcohol, what made them suspicious to DUI in the first place?

2299 days ago
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dawn    

I was actually going to apologize, it's not that big of a thing here as it is on perez hilton. This is the first time I've done this =) But Maxim, you are not worth the time. Have a WONDERFUL evening.

2299 days ago
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Kelli    

skyeblue can you not read? you can anwer your own question, hi maxim bite me.

2299 days ago
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dawn    

here here? are we in england?

2299 days ago
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detectiveoliviabenson    

maxim do you say ass to me and carrie because u like to eat it

2299 days ago
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Kelli    

Carrie, this in not Perez Hilton. Here if you are first and have to proclaim your victory, add a damn comment with it. mmkay..

2299 days ago
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