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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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for the record, i am not defending drinking and driving. it is stupid and ALWAYS a mistake and this guy used terrible judgement and made a mistake. that being said, what are ou people talking about that you can't be borderline drunk? have you heard of 'buzzed', 'tipsy'? have you ever had anything to drink? you are the ones who sound like idiots, you don't go from being sober to drunk with no steps in between. you gradually become more and more intoxicated. you have seriously never described yourself or someone else as a little bit drunk or kind of tipsy? idiots.

1890 days ago


dont be so hard on him. many other people have done more stupid things than him while being picked up for a dui. this will pass over and the show will continue. the show is awesome anyway.

ps: like any of you havent got picked up for a dui or something else for a stupid reason

1890 days ago


get over it!
when someone down the block gets shot no one cares!!
who gives a crap if he drank some! let the guy live alittle.
but he should rent a limo or taxi next time!

1888 days ago

George Of The City    

I hope he does time, that's the only way he's going to learn. How do you NOT see a red light on a police car nor the car itself? And his excuse... borderline drunk? Geesh... is that like borderline pregnant or borderline dead? And any idiot knows you don't drink after taking Benadryl! That in itself is sedating! He needs to be punished like any Joe Blow would. He won't be, but he SHOULD, the laws were written for ALL Americans, not just the poor and ugly.

1883 days ago

George Of The City    

Oh, and the average drunk driver gets behind the wheel of a car over 50 times before getting caught. One out of ten drivers on the road has been drinking or doing drugs enough to impare his judgement. Check out some stats on drunk drivers before you defend this guy. I feel for anyone who's been a victim or has family/friends who were victims of a drunk/drugged driver.

1883 days ago


First of all: There is such a thing as a little drunk, or tipsy. Anybody who's ever drank knows that there are levels of "drunkedness": goes from tipsy to completely hammered. And I know some people who drive better tipsy than most drivers I see on the road every day (and probably most of the people posting here)

To everyone who thinks he's dumb, Jeffrey's pretty smart actually. I'm pretty sure there's nothing in the law that says you can't take benadryl and drive and there's no way to verify if he did.
So if he refuses the breathalyzer, there's no way to actually know just how much he actually drank. This makes his sentence MUCH lighter than it could be if he got trashed and took the breathalyzer test. (there'd be proof of how drunk he was)
In court he could say "I drank 3 glasses of wine in like 3 hours and it's the benadryl that knocked me out. I didn't realize until I was at the wheel" So he'd get out of it pretty well.

1864 days ago
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