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Cops Say Paul Pierce Not Drunk Enough

8/3/2008 11:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Now we're learning cops believed Boston Celtic Paul Pierce was under the influence of alcohol after stopping him because they smelled alcohol on his breath.Paul Pierce: Click to view!
As we first reported, Pierce was pulled over at 3:30 this morning after he was "driving erratically." Cops now tell us he had made an illegal lane change without signaling in his white BMW when officers in a paddy wagon spotted him.

We're told they smelled "alcohol coming from the car." We're also told the breathalyzer showed Pierce had alcohol in his system but was below .08, which means you're legally drunk in Vegas.

The pic shows Pierce at the scene.

As for why he wasn't cited for an illegal lane change or erratic driving, cops say it was a minor offense so they let him skate.

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endzone11    

I got a ticket for an illegal lane chanege! Why was i not let go, for it being such a minor offense. Laws dont pertain to people with money. They live above the law and thats just a sad fact.........if you dont want to get into trouble, dont obey the law. Just make sure you have an income well above the population average, maybe a little bit of fame and your scott free........works all the time. They never have to stay in jail even when they are found guilty......oh well. I dont have the money to change things. What a great country!!!!! NOT..... Im bitter towards, fair justice for all..........

2082 days ago
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.:Loki 4Ever:.    

DRINKING AND DRIVING IS WAYYYY OUT OF HAND!!!!!! THIS IS TERRIBLE.. SEEMS ITS HAPPENING MORE SO NOW THAN IN THE PAST!!

2082 days ago
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M    

Endzone many people do not get ticketed for peripheral items when they get pulled over for things like this. Maybe use a sledge hammer to knock the chip off yor shoulder...at least this time.

2082 days ago
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Laurie    

Which means he WASN'T leagally drunk in Vegas. It is what it is, people. It isn't against the law to drink.

2082 days ago
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kate    

Ok so..in LA..you can be charged for SUSPICION of DUI- as in Shia's case- but in Las Vegas you can be COMMITTING an ACTUAL crime- ie: technically drunk by other other states standards BUT vegas AND traffic violations- and get away with it. Is it me, or did anyone else feel very queesy about the idea that you can be booked for a DUI just because cops THINK you're drunk in LA? And yet when people like Lindsay Lohan put COCAINE on the counter in a police department, the charges are dismissed??

2082 days ago
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WhogivesanF    

lame story, another Celeb getting special treatment, and oh yea, GREAT pics TMZ.

2082 days ago
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Skeptic    

Doesn't make it right BUT it DOES say he was UNDER the limit.

2082 days ago
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becca    

i agree with the 1st comment. of course he wasn't charged... it's b/c the officer who pulled him over did not have enough balls to give him a ticket. what a coward. if i lived in vegas and was ever pulled over for an illegal lane change or driving erratically - i would now have my defense. "it's a minor offense." unbelieveable.

2082 days ago
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M    

IYou can be arrested for impaired driving. You can be legally under the limit, and if you are driving erratically be arrested.

2082 days ago
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D    

"We're also told the breathalyzer showed Pierce had alcohol in his system but was below .08, which means you're legally drunk in Vegas."

So in order to drive in Vegas legally you have to blow ABOVE 0.08?

2082 days ago
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john wayne gacy    


just another case of the " gang " members
in blue abusing their so-called power.

firstly, any cop that's on the beat, either
LOVES the streets, a rookie or just has a
few years in, or is basically a mental midget.

they have the napoleon complex
and / or a very small penis.

so, what do the
pukes in blue do ?

they FIND reasons to pull
people over and punk them.

period.

this is NOT about
racial profiling.

cops are without a doubt,
the ultimate player haters.......





2082 days ago
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TMZ IS RELEASE THERAPY FOR RACIST    

He just wanted to see what kind of outfit he had on--so he can rock the same one at the club next weekend.



COPS ARE HATERS

2082 days ago
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Joeseph D    

Being that I live in Las Vegas, I can tell you first hand that cops will stop you if you drive like your drunk, or going to fast. People will dial *NHP a lot out here, and it's to keep people who are actually drunk off the road. There's more officers on the strip than anything, so this is TMZ making something out of nothing. Not only is it 30-35 MPH on the strip, but people constantly cross the street "legally" to get to the opposite end of it. I can see why a cop would pull him over cause it's common sense when your there to not drive like a moron and attract attention to yourself.

2082 days ago
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endzone11    

in Cali you can be arrested for .06 if the officer wants to take you in. and you can still be held in court as drunk driving, and convicted. I know he was not in Cali, but many people in California have had this happen to them, but how many rich or famous people have had to go through this.....none. does it make sense....Mike (message#3) Not a chip on my shoulder just the way it is, and unfair thats all.

2082 days ago
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Joeseph D    

IF DIS BEEN A WHITE COUNTRY LISTENING ARISTOCRAT HE BE LET GO AND GIVEN TICKETS TO SEE DAT OL' HAG CHER. BUT NA SINCE HE BLACK THE PO PO ALREADY GOT THEIR EYE ON THA BLACK MAN.

2082 days ago
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