Al Michaels, the Emmy-winning sports announcer for Sunday Night Football, was arrested on Friday night in Santa Monica, California on suspicion of DUI.
The 68-year old was pulled over after attempting an illegal U-turn and was suspected by officers to have had too much to drink.
“He makes an illegal U-turn in a business district. … Two motor officers see that. They’re staged in a gas station lot. They see the illegal U-turn, and they go after him,” Sgt. Richard Lewis said.
After being arrested, he was later released early on Saturday morning. Although he hasn’t released a statement, a spokesman for NBC Sports did say they have been in contact with him. No word, however, on how this will affect his career, if at all.
“We are aware of the situation and we’ve been in contact with Al,” said spokesman Greg Hughes. “We have no further comment at this time.”
The arrest came after a local crackdown on drunk driving; officials had warned residents that there would be a heightened police presence and checkpoints in the near future.
“All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers,” Lt. Jay Trisler said in an April news release. “Over the course of the past year, traffic collisions involving impaired drivers/riders were involved in 91 collisions, which have killed three and injured 28 people.”
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