Veteran news anchor Sam Donaldson was pulled over and arrested earlier this month in Denver for driving under the influence, according to TMZ.
It happened in Denver when he veered off the road and onto the shoulder, then failed a sobriety test administered by an officer. He will have to return to Delaware–from his home state of Virginia–to face his court date.
Donaldson began his national news career with ABC in 1967, although before that he worked with local stations after ending his military service. He became highly-regarded in the world of media, covering almost every major political convention over the span of his career.
The media icon is catching quite a bit of backlash on Twitter today as the news spreads of his DUI:
In 2010, 211 children were killed by drunk drivers. Report: ABC News Anchor Sam Donaldson Arrested For DUI http://t.co/kaAVrIdx
ABC newsman Sam Donaldson ARRESTED for DUI…..He should be FIRED & CHARGED with ATTEMPTED MURDER as DUI KILLS thousands kids a year #p2
Sam Donaldson getting a DUI is proof that drinking and driving isn’t cool
“@TMZ: Veteran ABC newsman Sam Donaldson — ARRESTED for DUI http://t.co/CRwq0GUK#Breaking” You’re wealthy enough for a #DRIVER! Dang!
RT @WDEL: Former ABC anchor Sam Donaldson arrested in Lewes for DUI: http://t.co/AldytvCr [Only took 18 days to get noticed. NICE!]