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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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31.

Laura    

That is one nasty hair dye job.

686 days ago
32.

moribundman    

Why is there a dead animal on his head? What the hell is wrong with face? Well, more wrong than normally, I mean. :-P

686 days ago
33.

♥TMZ but ...    

I truly hope he can clean up his act
he was such a good looking man and on his way to becoming a household name

686 days ago
34.

Throwback kid    

I would like to see Michael Madsen and Tom Seizmore in a reality show together, it could be them being best buddies trying to keep eachother sober yet going on casting calls competing for the same roles. They both basically play the same characters, a diabolical menacing type of guy, in fact alot of fans can't tell them apart? This could be the sleeper hit of 2013

686 days ago
35.

D    

Coooooooooooooooolllllllllllllllll CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

686 days ago
36.

fugazi    

who cares about his dumb ass car would be nice if it had a decent paint job

686 days ago
37.

manbearpig    

turn your key sir!!!!
wow ol' mike has NOT aged WELL AT ALL!!
must be decades upon decades of hard booze and drugs.

686 days ago
38.

Smart    

I have absolutely no clue who this person it. I obviously keep up on celebrity news, I am a TMZ reader, yet .....no clue.

686 days ago
39.

go go girl    

Well, Which is it Numb Nuts? A Hot Rod, A Sports Car, a GTO, or a Muscle Car ?!?!?!? You idiots don't know your Butt from a hole in the ground!

686 days ago
40.

Streaks    

Who? Does he make society better? Another worthless POS.

686 days ago
41.

2percent    

A GTO painted red with flames and a set of chrome Cragars, life doesn't get any better. It beats the hell out of kids these days dreaming of a Honda Civic with a giant wing and a loud muffler.

686 days ago
42.

Il Duce    

I'll ride with this guy any day!!

686 days ago
43.

Lucky_130    

That certainly is a pretty high blood alcohol content. I wonder what the hangover was like, then again maybe I dont.

686 days ago
44.

Lmao    

Am I the only one who only knows him as the dad from Free Willy? Lol, 80's baby for real! Anyways, sucks to see him driving drunk, you'd think people would know better by now? Or does it take a head through the windshield to finally get it? An amputated leg? Or how about a victim other than yourself? So terrible and so sad!

686 days ago
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