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Richie Sambora Charged

4/22/2008 2:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Richie Sambora has been charged with two counts of DUI -- but he was not charged with child endangerment.
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The DUI counts are driving with a .08 or higher, and driving under the influence.

We're told Sambora had a blood alcohol level of .13. If convicted Sambora faces six months in jail.

Sambora was popped March 25 after cops say they saw him "veering over the white painted lines and straddling two lanes" in his Hummer in Laguna Beach.

Two minors were in the vehicle, including Richie's 10-year-old daughter. We're told police brass recommended that prosecutors charge him with child endangerment but rank and file cops disagreed and so did prosecutors.


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I can't believe they aren't charging him with child endangerment. They are just kissing his butt by just charging him with the DUI's because those are easier to get out of then the child endangerment charges are. Now if it was someone who wasn't famous they would have thrown the book at them and took the kids away. This is not fair at all. I agree with #13, there shouldn't be any second chance when you drink and drive.

2344 days ago


I don't think he should have been charged with anything. It was all a big misunderstanding. I was there that night. We were shooting a music vid - the idea being let's get Richie pulled-over but it has to LOOK realistic, not like your typical movie scene where it's not believable. Anyway so right before Richie hit the gas we drenched the front of his shirt with some imported beer, it might have been Heineken. It all went according to plan, except that Richie wouldn't sign anything for the police - so they bought him in and pretended like they didn't know it was for a shoot.

It'll all come out in the next few days - word.


2344 days ago


I love Bon Jovi but Richie-get your ass to rehab and stay longer then a week!

2343 days ago


Smoothe Ritchie!!! One more star gets away with "murder", in the real world he would recieved the child endangerment charge also. Where were the CPS people that are always called when one is arrested? Nobody has brought them into the picture! This is frustrating and just plain wrong!!!!!

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