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Al Michaels, best known for his “Do You Believe In Miracles?” call at the 1980 Winter Olympics, was arrested Friday evening in Santa Monica, California for driving under the influence—by about three sips. The beloved sportscaster was pulled over as part of a DUI checkpoint a little before 10 PM. After completing a field sobriety test, he was given a breathalyzer test and blew .08, which is exactly the legal limit in California.
Here’s what the Santa Monica Police Department had to say, as per The Los Angeles Times…
He was evaluated for suspicion of DUI, brought to the station for a Breathalyzer test, and it came out .08, which was at the legal limit, so he was released on a citation at about 3 or 4 in the morning. He was cooperative and polite the whole time.''
Remember those buzzed driving is drunk driving PSAs? Well, this story is a pretty good reminder of that. A ton of celebrities get pulled over every year, but many of them blow wild numbers like .147 or .20. This is a reminder that the legal limit is a hard and fast line that you’re either under or over, and technically, .08 is over.
Ordinarily, when someone gets a DUI, I wonder if it points to a larger problem. Here, it sounds like Michaels had two beers at dinner and should have mingled for an extra hour or so before he left. He’s due back in court on June 26. Unlike other celebrities, I expect him to show up.