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'American Gladiators' Host -- Jousting with DUI

1/11/2011 7:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Mike Adamle -- the longtime host of the original "American Gladiators" -- was arrested around 1AM Monday morning on suspicion of DUI ... and cops say he was acting so "erratic" they tested him for drugs.

Mike Adamle Arrested

Cops say 61-year-old Adamle -- a former Chicago Bears running back -- was pulled over after blowing through a stop sign in his 2002 BMW just outside the Chicago area. When cops approached the vehicle, they suspected Adamle had been boozing.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, Adamle failed a field sobriety test and was taken to a nearby police station... where he exhibited "erratic behavior" and was subsequently taken to a hospital for a drug screen. The results from the drug test are pending.

Adamle was eventually arrested and charged with disobeying a traffic control device, DUI and failing to notify the Security State's office of an address change.

Adamle is due back in court on Valentine's Day.

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AS    

I remember when he played for the Bears....quite the partier back then too...He's 61? I officially feel my age...EEEK!

Mike, Mike, Mike...sad that you had to join the legions of other well known and sort of well known folks that think they can drink n drive without consequences...

Hey folks...their called cabs or taxi's. Use 'em.

1199 days ago
17.

katchoo    

American Gladiators? Now there's an obscure reference! :)

1199 days ago
18.

Brad    

Drunk Drivers are s*** of the earth. Throw him in prison.

1199 days ago
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Vince Robles    

That's a huge bummer. American Gladiators was a huge show and he was of the face and voice of the show. I just hope everything will be cleared cleanly if possible

1199 days ago
20.

Turk182    

Wrong skid, he is the sportscaster on NBC5 Chicago. But, you're right, he is a disaster on the air. too funny to watch him mispronounce every other word.

1198 days ago
21.

Hammer    

WGN chicago this morning said this happened in Evanston, where most of the overly paid reporters live. Yea this pic is from 20 + years ago. I looked up his age months back and I was shocked too. He still competes in triathlons and runs up to the top of the han**** building for charity every year.
This is ok news cause I'll prob get to see more Paula Farris now YAY! Me likes her

1198 days ago
22.

Thomas    

I heard he blew a .04, well under the .08 limit. He suffers from the beginning stages of dimentia, the result of too many blows to the head while paying football. Maybe this explains the "erratic behaviour"

1196 days ago
23.

John    

I'm sure now that it's being reported that his BAC was .04, half the legal limit, you'll report that, too, right?

1196 days ago
24.

Kevin    

Not so fast

http://www.suntimes.com/3299921-417/adamle-alcohol-police-sources-test.html

1196 days ago
25.

Rick Michaels    

Mike Adamle is a great guy, a tough guy with lots of energy and enthusiasm. He also does lots of civic charity events. What do you negative naysayers to make life better for people? http://howardcosell-littlemonkeycomment.blogspot.com/

1120 days ago
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