Sam Donaldson Arrested for DUI in Delaware After Failing Sobriety Test

Celebrity News Dec. 19, 2012 AT 6:00PM
Sam Donaldson on June 2, 2011 in Washington, DC. Sam Donaldson on June 2, 2011 in Washington, DC. Credit: Kris Connor/Getty Images

This just in: News veteran Sam Donaldson was arrested for a DUI earlier this month - and is still awaiting a court date for failing his sobriety test.

The 78-year-old ABC newsman was spotted driving on the shoulder of Savannah Road in Lewes, Del. Dec. 1, Police Chief Jeff Horvath told radio station Delaware 105.9.

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According to Horvath, an officer detected alcohol on Donaldson's breath when he pulled up to the newsman's vehicle, and so proceeded to give him a field sobriety test, which Donaldson failed.

He was immediately arrested for drunk driving and booked at a nearby station, but was "released to an adult pending his appearance in court" shortly afterward.

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The incident took place just before 8 p.m., officials report, and he was entirely cooperative.

Donaldson is currently retired from full-time ABC work, but still frequently contributes to several political shows on the network, including This Week.

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