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Dennis Quaid -- Technical DUI?

10/22/2009 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dennis Quaid lucked out big time last night. Cops tell us the actor could have been hit with DUI since he did get behind the wheel of of his car -- while the motor was running -- and turned the wheel for a split second.

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Cops tell us if the motor is running and you're behind the wheel -- you can get busted for a DUI. Cops eventually told Quaid to get out of the car -- and he took a cab home.

We're told the decision to bust is at the officer's discretion, which in this case, saved Quaid's ass ... so we gotta ask ...

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Big Pig    

Because I know people are gonna criticize the cops on this one....

I'm a police officer. The police didn't do anything more for Quaid than they would do for anyone else. People have poor judgement while under the influence of alcohol, and it doesn't necessarily mean they are a bad person. If you can stop a person from committing a crime or endangering the public before it occurs, then it's the officer's responsibility to do so. The cops did the right thing here.

1806 days ago
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told ya so - TEAM LENO    

Why can't Dennis stay sober??? He has small children that almost died from a medical mistake. He made the rounds on a ton of shows, and talked about how scared he was, he was a new Dad to the twins, blah, blah, blah.

But, he has no problem drinking and driving (is that his wife in the vehicle)???.

He sues the hospital for almost killing his newborn children, then gets behind the wheel drunk, HUH??? That makes no sense.
He could kill someone else or him and his wife (his children's parents)...Good Lord, Dennis; THINK!!!!!! DUH!!!!

Why are Dennis and Randy so screwed up in the head??? Were their parents alcoholics or drug users too???

I hope their younger brother isn't as screwed up as they are!!!!

1806 days ago
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Eaglewerks    

I agree, the cops did good. They have the option to use discretion and used it in an appropriate manner.

1806 days ago
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told ya so - TEAM LENO    

Sounds like someone at the restaurant called the cops while Dennis was getting wasted. That would explain why the cops JUST SO HAPPEN TO BE THERE when Dennis got behind the wheel after getting in his ride.

1806 days ago
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pam    

That cop did him a HUGE favor!!

1806 days ago
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atabaw    

Big Pig - thats a load of poo! - Cops (constables on partol) get star struck - if that was a typical Joe Blow, Joe would have gone to jail and you know it. So with all due respect, get off your white horse.

1806 days ago
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erictheolson    

Thats cool he seems like one of the good guys.
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1806 days ago
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Dean    


The motor does not have to be running from all the cases I have seen. In florida they busted someone trying to sleep off the alcohol in a parking lot. all it takes is for you to be command or potential commend of a vehical.

You should not drink and be in public or someone like me might take images of you and post you on a website like this collection - http://www.flickr.com/photos/lautermilch/sets/72157622541800308/

1806 days ago
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rhbjorn    

It's the cops call.I don't think it can be called celebrity justice, it's a question of using resources.Not every tiny offense should be booked.

1806 days ago
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Kristina    

Do we know his blood alcohol level? Maybe it wasn't even high enough to warrant a DUI. The cop did the right thing and I don't think anyone should drive who has been drinking.

1806 days ago
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babs2bone    

A cop would have to be a real jerk to give someone a ticket when all they are doing is sitting in an automoble behind the wheel...............what if he went outside to smoke or soemthing? I don't think you should get a DUI until your actually driving.

1806 days ago
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KELLY    

Looks Like Meg Ryan's Mom was right! All the celebrity P.R. is B.S. he's still at it! Pretty and an enabler. Cool. Now I know why it's love!

1806 days ago
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RJ    

First off, Very cool of the cops, I wish the cops in Huntington Beach were that cool. BUT...second, How did they know he was drunk or had been drinking, sounds like someone was trying to set someone up.

1806 days ago
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OOWEEE    

AGAIN SPEAKING OF DWI CONVICTS....(Source KMOV St. Louis) Did you know that a 7 time convicted DWI Convict is released with no conditions....not even an ankle bracelet nor a car-device. Support the Disbarment of the releasor.......The St. Clair County Illinois States Attorney Robert Haida....Contact the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission and suggest the disbarment for the 7th release of a 7 time DWI Convict.......THE APPEARANCE OF IMPROPRIETY IN THIS ISSUE WILL LEAD TO A DWI TRAGEDY.....Aristotle

1806 days ago
15.

stan    

Back to Rehab. He went in 1989.

1806 days ago
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