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Michael Madsen

Busted for DUI

in Badass Hot Rod

9/13/2012 5:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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7:48 PM PT --
Madsen's attorney Perry Wander tells TMZ ... the actor wants to assure his fans that he did not fail the field sobriety test and "believes that the breathalyzer test is flawed."

Wander says Madsen insists the whole thing is just a big misunderstanding.

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's joyride on the California coast -- in an all-American classic sportscar -- ended abruptly when the actor was arrested for DUI with a blood alcohol level allegedly more than twice the legal limit ... TMZ has learned.

According to L.A. County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore ... a citizen first spotted Madsen driving erratically on PCH in Malibu around 2:50PM PT and called cops.

We're told responding deputies witnessed Madsen weaving through traffic -- in a Pontiac GTO with a red flame paint job -- and when they pulled him over they smelled alcohol.

Whitmore tells TMZ Madsen was arrested on suspicion of DUI after he performed poorly on a field sobriety test.

Whtimore says Madsen submitted to a breathalyzer after his arrest ... and blew an outrageous .20. Remember, the legal limit is .08.

We're told Madsen's been booked for a misdemeanor DUI, and bail is set at $15,000.

He remains in custody ... just like the GTO, which was towed away from the arrest scene.

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81 COMMENTS

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16.

Home Skillet    

He should've been arrested for being out in public with that awful dye job!

740 days ago
17.

walter3ca    

I wish that you guys would quit saying that the legal limit in California is .08% BAC. Under California Vehicle Code Section 23152(a), ANY alcohol can be illegal if it puts a person "under the influence." So, a person who never drank, with a BAC of .05% could be as drunk as a normal person with .08%.

740 days ago
18.

Becky    

Fast car equates to tiny dick.

740 days ago
19.

John    

Here we go again... its not a sports car... its a muscle car...

TMZ fails again

740 days ago
20.

Room Service    

NOTE TO SELF:

IF YOU ARE DRUNK ON YOUR ASS AND HAVE THAT URGE TO DRIVE, DON'T GET IN A CLASSIC RED G.T.0. WITH FLAMES.

740 days ago
21.

Joey    

He wasn't drunk and the Kartrashian girls are all Virgins

740 days ago
22.

Truth    

DAMN, WHAT HAPPENED TO THIS DUDE... LOOKS 70 AT BEST. WASN'T HE BROKE AND ALMOST BANKRUPT JUST 2YRS AGO? CANT BELIEVE HE IS ACTRESS VIRGINIA MADSEN'S BROTHER. #TRUTH!!

740 days ago
23.

Lee    

This guy has some major problems. But he was so good looking back in the day. He was good looking in Thelma and Louise. Sorta kinda like Ken Wahl. Good looking, probably had a great future in acting, pictures.. but something just happened. Gone. Forgotton. Go away..

740 days ago
24.

KnuckleDragger    

There does seem to be 2 different profiles. I had no idea the software would let that happen. I'd scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Contact Us...and see wassup with that.
http://www.tmz.com/member/phishie-from-philly-1/

http://www.tmz.com/member/phishie-from-philly/

740 days ago
25.

~♥~    

One do not pick a hot rod to go and have a couple of drinks in.

740 days ago
26.

awesomewave    

Was Stealers Wheel playing on the car's stereo?

739 days ago
27.

Diamond Goddess!    

"Failed breathalyzer"=Drunk.As.Hell.!!!
Having said that, both MM and the car are HAWT.
Swoon!!!

739 days ago
28.

JugEars McKenyan Sr..    

DUIs are tricky things because as most know but forget, driving is a privilege not a right unless you're a freaking illegal alien, then you can do whatever the hell you want to apparently under the Obama regime... but anyhow cops can write you one even when you don't blow over the limit or at all so it's just a ploy so he can get out, bailed out, get the media off his aszzz and then 9 months from now a little blurb'll be on the web and it'll go "Madsen given probation if he does an PSA about how bad it is to drink and drive unless you're a celebrity in LA freakcity USA, "then you get to do one of these and get your license back to continue to drink and drive until I kill someone, thanks for making me a celeb so I can get away with crud in this life you'll never be able to, all because I was in a couple decent movies".... pretty much,

739 days ago
29.

Deborah    

He blew a .20 but according to his dingbat rep "he did not fail" it. Hahaha!! You guys kill me!!

739 days ago
30.

Jeff    

This sucks - sorry Mike, you're the best!

739 days ago
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