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Sam Donaldson

Busted for DUI

12/19/2012 10:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Sam Donaldson -- the veteran ABC newsman and political correspondent -- was arrested for DUI in Delaware earlier this month. 

According to law enforcement, 78-year-old Donaldson was pulled over just before 8pm on December 1 after he had driven onto the shoulder of the road.

During the stop, the officer detected the presence of alcohol and decided to perform a field sobriety test on Sam ... which he bombed.

Donaldson was eventually arrested for DUI and was taken to a nearby station where he was booked and released.

Cops say the newsman was "released to an adult pending his appearance in court."

For the record -- law enforcement notes that Donaldson was very cooperative during the incident.

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76.

Rock Singer    

I hope he's not to old for rehab. This would make a great ABC special ....Sam in Rehab....I'd watch it.

619 days ago
77.

jaythepirate    

At his age driving sober is probably just as reckless.

619 days ago
78.

ashley    

he was prolly rushing home to watch Jeopardy, and missed it by thatttt much

619 days ago
79.

Questdelsangraal    

Time to retire to that cattle ranch you own Sam.

619 days ago
80.

Bear King of the Dead Thread Heads (and he means it)    

I always thought this guy looked a little like Spock...get that man some pointy ears!

619 days ago
81.

here2opine    

He just appeared drunk. Truth is he pulled over to the shoulder because he couldn't see under those eyebrows!

619 days ago
82.

Mimi    

I had a run in with him a few years ago. He's an egotistic jerk who is completely full of himself. And, while he wasn't driving when I met him, he had been drinking.

619 days ago
83.

Kevin    

I was SO hoping to see THAT mug shot w/ messed up hair

619 days ago
84.

cc    

yes its the same .. Prety sure he was involved in the zsitzer deal.... go away power

619 days ago
85.

Delaware guy    

Sammy was busted in Lewes Delaware, right down the street where Uncle Joe Bidens summer place...everyone knows all these liberal clowns have drinking problems.

619 days ago
86.

Delawarean    

He was busted in Lewes Delaware...Biden also has a house down the street where Sammy was busted...everyone knows these liberal clowns have drinking problems

619 days ago
87.

EasilyHard    

Totally shocked this rich fossil has no driver

619 days ago
88.

Elaine    

He looks like Neil Diamond.

618 days ago
89.

Ivan in Phoenix    

Now I know why he always seemed like an angry drunk on TV when he was reporting.

618 days ago
90.

ChrisB    

There's no doubt he's an alien! He's proof that they really do live amongst us!

617 days ago
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