Sam Donaldson’s DUI Case Dropped

By: Val Powell - November 9, 2013

The veteran ABC News anchor Sam Donaldson has been acquitted for lack of evidence. On Friday, a judge dismissed the charge facing Donaldson saying that he was arrested and charged without a “probable cause”.

The judge, while dismissing the charge, said that the arresting officer’s report was incomplete and improperly administered. Referring to the records from the traffic stop, the judge noted that the records “give the court pause as to the accuracy of the information the court has received.”

This comes as great relief to the 79- year-old Donaldson who was seen profusely writing notes during the hearing. At the end of the hearing, the jubilant former anchor said that he was “clearly happy it turned out this way.” He said, “I’ve never been a defendant in a case before.” Donaldson was pulled over on December 1, 2012.

During the witness testimony presented by arresting officer Katie Couchman of Lewes Police Department, the court heard that Donaldson was driving on the shoulder of the road, to the right of the westbound lane, and when approached, he smelled of alcohol, his eyes were bloodshot, and glassy. But when Donaldson was asked why he was not driving on the roadway, he said that he thought he was. However, many inconsistencies were noted in the report leading to the dismissal.

Donaldson worked as ABC White House reporter between 1977 and 1989 and then again from 1997 to 1999.  Donaldson has had career in broadcasting dating back from 1952.

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  • Of Course

    Of course he would, he has money. Money talks in American courtrooms. Go to prisons — they are full of poor people. You think people plead guilty because they want to? They just can’t afford to fight.

  • Gary

    This is a clear exsample of how a scumbag like Sam Donaldson paid off the judge, the prosicutor & used his CRONIES in the socialest media writing the storiy so that all the details were left on the editors desk.
    It takes a special kind of a scumbag like Sammy, the Socalist snake. Ice skating away from the law he has supposedliy spent his life helping to uphold. The smell of hiproicy is all over this criminal eveading the law.
    If you go those criminals turned off the comments section for this story.
    This was driving in the emergency lane he was sauced up. And blew a 2.4 . Passed out in the jail after hitting two cops and a female on top of that. If that was one of us regular people we would have gotten 20 years for all laws this walking sack of puke bribed his way out of

  • Deborah Adams

    This comes as no surprise to anyone. It would only be shocking if he actually had to pay for his crime as an every ordinary person would.

  • Constantine

    I went to Google and typed: Who was the presiding judge in Sam Donaldson’s case?

    Of the hundreds of responses returned I checked the first fifteen but the judge’s name does not appear any place! Can you guess why? I can.