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TMZ Saves Andy Dick from Imminent Arrest

3/10/2009 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Andy Dick: ExclusiveAndy Dick had a warrant out for his arrest -- for a crime he didn't commit -- that is, until yesterday, when TMZ stepped in and unintentionally helped Dick get off.

Here's how it all went down: On February 6th, a Riverside County judge issued a bench warrant for Dick when Andy's court-ordered alcohol monitoring bracelet (SCRAM) tested positive for booze.

Andy is still on probation for that drunken fight at a chicken wing joint last year, so a positive booze test means he could have been arrested and hauled off to jail.

Andy says he never took a drink, and claimed booze on the floor of a comedy club must have set off the device -- but who's gonna believe that guy? Turns out, Dick was right.

When TMZ called the people who monitor the SCRAM they told us Andy's SCRAM turned in a "less than .02" reading, which, according to that group, means environmental circumstances probably DID cause the positive reading. The group incorrectly reported the incident as a "violation."

The court never noticed the mistake, until we started making calls on the situation. Eventually, we spoke to the DA, who informed us that the judge had rescinded the warrant -- because of the new information provided by yours truly.

To reiterate the important part -- we didn't mean to get Andy Dick out of trouble, it just happened that way.

Sorry.

52 COMMENTS

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JhorcanPlestart    

A thought: If you don't like him, don't report about him. Negative press of any kind is better than no press at all. But then, TMZ wouldn't be who they're striving to be...

Yes he is a douche, but aren't you for claiming false altruism?

2030 days ago
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victoria    

Andy and his party were sitting next to me at the Second City Comedy club last week in Chicago. He was polite and very nice. I didn't see him or anyone in his party over indulging. They were complete gentlemen. It's good to see that TMZ helped out in this instance.

2029 days ago
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