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'Burn Notice' Star -- I Was Only Borderline Drunk!

7/20/2009 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Burn Notice" star Jeffrey Donovan is going to have a rough time in court -- it's not exactly an airtight defense in a DUI case to argue, "I really think I'm only borderline and not too drunk."

We obtained the police report from the Miami Beach PD. The arresting officer wrote he first noticed Donovan after hearing "a loud tire screech behind me." The cop said he saw Donovan's car swerve left to avoid hitting the police car.

When Donovan finally stopped, he didn't serve himself well when he said, "Sorry, I didn't see the red light or your stopped car."

The officer says he smelled a strong odor of alcohol, asked Donovan if he had anything to drink and got this answer: "I had three drinks at the Fontainebleau."

Donovan flunked a field sobriety test and was taken into custody. That's when he said, "The only mistake I made tonight was drinking Benadryl with 3 glasses of wine."

We're thinking that's not necessarily his only mistake.

UPDATE 5:49 PM ET Donovan was just charged with one count of DUI. If convicted he could get 6 months in the slammer, but given that he's a first offender it's unlikely that he'll do any time.

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atabaw    

Poor guy. Straighten up dude cuz I love your show.

1889 days ago
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anonyMOUSE (;    

how naughty!!!!






2nd (;

1889 days ago
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Dionne Ross    

I like his wig.

1889 days ago
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who gives a shit    

What a stupid comment!! "I really think I'm only borderline and not too drunk"! Good thing he didn't kill anyone! Stupid @ss celebs think they can get away with anything. There is no borderline drunk, you either are or aren't!

1889 days ago
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Sean    

Love your show, your the man. Everyone makes mistakes. People get popped for DUI's all the time,

1889 days ago
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xultar    

He has always sparked me as very arrogant. But he's still HAWT as HAYLE.

1889 days ago
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I Will Take Being Born White Any Day - Thats Worth Much More To Me, #6    

Where is that "WHO GIVES A RATS ASS!!" guy when you need him?

1889 days ago
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Smelly Jelly    

Who is this 'tard? I've watched his show for maybe 3 minutes before his gargantuan lack of any discernible charisma or talent has me falling asleep or tuning in a TV test pattern.

Is he sleeping with a USA executive or does he have compromising photos of someone in management?

1889 days ago
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oprah & michel hater    

How stupid......boderline drunk..........should be arrested again for his stupidity...does that mean a person can not be a junkie...but borderline junkie...a drunk is a drunk...no matter what...a junkie is a junkie no matter what. seems this idiot is full of excuses that every judge has already heard. no such thing as being "BORDERLINE DRUNK" Either you are or you're not. Stupid freakzoid!

1889 days ago
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oprah & michel hater    

never heard of this very stupid man..if he killed someone, he would say that the person was borderline dead anyway...MORON!

1889 days ago
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Mikey    

The guy I hit with my car while drunk is only mostly dead.

1889 days ago
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jackmama311    

mostly.

1889 days ago
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cmbka    

OMG...I love the show--but is he really so stupid to day something like that. Where do people come up with such rationalizations> DUI is DUI

1889 days ago
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Sencho    

Can't say I'm really all that surprised that this guy was nailed for DUI. He looks like the result of generations of inbreeding.

1889 days ago
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Stephanie    

Look at his eyes! He is so drunk. Plus, you'd have to be drunk to say such a stupid thing.

1889 days ago
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