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Michael Madsen

Busted for DUI

in Badass Hot Rod

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

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.

Michael Madsen
'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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That is one nasty hair dye job.

738 days ago


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

738 days ago

♥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

738 days ago

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

738 days ago


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

738 days ago


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

738 days ago


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

738 days ago


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

738 days ago

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!

738 days ago


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

738 days ago


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.

738 days ago

Il Duce    

I'll ride with this guy any day!!

738 days ago


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

738 days ago


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!

738 days ago
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