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Al Michaels

BUSTED

FOR DUI

4/21/2013 5:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0421_al_michaels_gettyAl Michaels -- perhaps the most well-known sportscaster in the world -- was arrested Friday night for suspicion of DUI ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Michaels went through a DUI checkpoint in Santa Monica at approximately 10:00 PM on Friday and when he spoke to officers, they detected an odor of alcohol.

We're told he was pulled over and given a field sobriety and after performing poorly, he was placed under arrest. Michaels was released from jail at 4:15 AM on Saturday on his own recognizance. 

According to our sources, Michaels blood alcohol level was right at the legal limit -- he blew a .08 and a .09 in two breathalyzer tests.

Our sources say Michaels could not have been nicer throughout the ordeal.

Michaels was the play-by-play man for "Monday Night Football" for 20 years before moving over to "Sunday Night Football." He's also done baseball and basketball ... but is best known for his call of the legendary "Miracle on Ice" hockey game at the 1980 Winter Olympics.

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MoraMore    

SHAME ON YOU, AL!

495 days ago
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tdr9    

This is normal American culture. So he had a bit too many, should we really need to lock him up?

495 days ago
3.

static    

Do you believe in designated drivers?

495 days ago
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HappYdayZ    

Ah man, he was barely over the limit, that sucks a point 0.08 isn't high at all he could have had 2 drinks with dinner not even drunk to blow a .08

495 days ago
5.

Cartman    

In the old days they wouldn't have done this to a legend.

Today you have to be black to get away with this kind of thing.

495 days ago
6.

Illuminati president     

Your not a real Hollywood celeb unless you get a DUI #IlluminatiTakeover

495 days ago
7.

Youphemism    

DUI checkpoints are unconstitutional, period. There is no wiggle room in the fourth amendment. The right of the people to be "secure in their persons" against unreasonable searches without probable cause "shall not be violated." Crossing a checkpoint is not probable cause. The search is unreasonable.

There are many, many ways to keep drunk drivers off the road without using Soviet checkpoints.

495 days ago
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HillbillyHell    

No biggie. Al Walks With Wet Wreakless

495 days ago
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Bizz    

geez thats a bummer.. .008?? he couldve had 2 beers at dinner and blew that. that sticks. he's probably my favorite sportscaster.

495 days ago
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Cricket    

"Couldn't have been nicer throughout the ordeal ",???? He was breaking the law and severely endangering the public. Who cares if he is a famous sportscaster. Ridiculous. He's gotta be 70 years old, a public figure. He should have known better, acted properly, then there would be no "ordeal ".

495 days ago
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the judge    

Al was once called out by the great Al Davis for cheating on his wife. After that Al Michaels took jabs at the Oakland Raiders whenever he could.. Al Michaels is garbage !!

495 days ago
12.

Faye    

All of you on here acting holier than though, it takes about 2 to 3 drinks to blow a .08. I bet any one of you could have been arrested for drunk driving at some time in your life. Al Michaels is a class act. I met him in the mid 70's when he was announcing for the SF Giants. He's a good guy.

495 days ago
13.

zombie    

Another drunk driving azzhole. WTF? Can't people call a taxi? Sober driver? Maybe just have ONE drink?

495 days ago
14.

Carol    

Why don't rich people hire drivers when they're gonna drink? Morons.

495 days ago
15.

Joey Boots    

For the record, this is a totally farcical story - TMZ said something that was indicative of a certain radio host - he was not arrested!

495 days ago
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