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Michael Madsen

Charged with DUI

for Flaming Hotrod Arrest

12/11/2012 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Michael Madsen's September joyride continues to be a drag ... cause the actor has just been charged with 2 counts of DUI stemming from his arrest ... TMZ has learned.

We broke the story ... The "Reservoir Dogs" star was popped while hotrodding around Malibu in his badass Pontiac GTO. According to cops, Madsen bombed his field sobriety test and blew .20 on the breathalyzer -- more than twice the legal limit.

At the time, Madsen's attorney Perry Wander insisted the breathalyzer was "flawed."

On Wednesday, the L.A. City Attorney filed 2 misdemeanor counts of DUI against Madsen -- one for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and another for driving with a BAC of .08 or higher.

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If convicted on both counts, Madsen could face up to two years in jail ... but since it doesn't appear Michael has a prior DUI conviction, it's unlikely he'll serve any time behind bars. 

Madsen's attorney tells TMZ ... "We intend to vigorously defend the charges."

The case is scheduled to go before the judge later this month.

24 COMMENTS

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16.

Joe Mama    

Nice ride, dumbass owner!!!

681 days ago
17.

The Atlanta Church Of Satan     

He looks good.

681 days ago
18.

Jumpinjohn    

I knew who it was before I even opened it.

681 days ago
19.

muffcabbage420    

Take a ****ing cab!!!! Morons

680 days ago
20.

CarbonBeach    

Man the f*** up Michael, plead guilty and get yourself some help. I drove behind you that day and you were deff messed up and could have killed someone. Not to mention that you drove past an elementary and high school while kids were getting out. U R a clown

680 days ago
21.

Miller Cerasuolo    

Michael Madsen has been arrested for DUI stemming from a September joyride where he was pulled over in his Pontiac GTO. Mr. Madsen had a blood alcohol content of .20. If this incident had occurred in Virginia, this would be considered an elevated blood alcohol content (BAC) DUI and would thus carry a more severe sentence. Under Virginia law a DUI defendant with a BAC of .15 - .20 will receive a mandatory minimum of five days in jail. However, his attorney is arguing that the breath test was flawed which could lead to a possible defense of the charge. Many times arguing that the breath test was not administered properly can lead to a reduction of the charge out of the elevated status if the case is not dismissed altogether. However, because the BAC was at the higher end of the spectrum at .20, the prosecutor would likely be more skeptical about reducing the charge.

665 days ago
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