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Veteran ABC News reporter Sam Donaldson arrested for DUI

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Veteran ABC News reporter Sam Donaldson, 78, was arrested for driving under the influence in Lewes, Del. on Dec. 1, local WGMD radio reports.

The former ABC White House correspondent was pulled over for a traffic violation when Lewes police suspected he had been drinking. Donaldson failed the field sobriety test and was arrested for a DUI, and will appear in court early next year.

Donaldson has been with ABC News since 1967 for the network’s Washington bureau. He later became the White House correspondent, and then anchored ABC Sunday Evening News for a decade.

He co-anchored “This Week” with Cokie Roberts from 1996 to 2002, and now serves as a frequent panelist.

Donaldson has a reputation for his feisty reporting style and his famous confrontation with President George W. Bush in 2006. After actor Mel Gibson went on his first reported anti-semitic tirade (during a DUI arrest, no less), Donaldson asked the president if he thought Gibson should be forgiven.

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  1. Bad Brad

    December 19th, 2012

    What, a drunk behind the wheel. They kill a lot more people in this country than guns. Throw away the key.

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  2. Claudia

    December 19th, 2012

    Yikes! What a face! Has he been taking lessons from Hill and Mooch?

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  3. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    December 19th, 2012

    He should have been arrested for improper use of those eyebrows. That face could spoil milk.

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  4. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    December 19th, 2012

     
  5. Tim

    December 19th, 2012

    They should make “Driving Under the Influence” illegal … oh, well … then confiscate everyone’s automobiles.

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  6. Stranded in Sonoma

    December 19th, 2012

    Well, he didn’t kill a football player, some school children, or his best friend so I guess everything is okay. Move along, nothing to see…

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  7. Stirrin the B.S.

    December 19th, 2012

    @MJA – the Grinch – hahahahahah (out loud)

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  8. aleon

    December 19th, 2012

    “Donaldson failed the field sobriety test and was arrested for a DUI”

    Don’t tell me, he failed to recite his ABC’s

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  9. Stirrin the B.S.

    December 19th, 2012

    He should be arrested for DWBR – driving with a bad rug.

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  10. printboy

    December 19th, 2012

    Using the gun control logic….Please explain to me why anyone should own a car that doesn’t have a mechanism to disable it if the driver has been impaired by alcohol or drugs. In 2010, drunken drivers killed 13,000 people. According to the CDC there were 10,400 firearm homicides in our country. Reviewing the statistics, we find that the majority of these gun-related deaths were criminal on criminal violence or justified police shootings, not innocent people killed as is the case of a death by a DUI. You and I have a far, far greater chance of being killed by a drunken driver than we do have of being killed by a person like James Holmes, the Aurora shooter.
    I’m always surprised by the knee jerk action of people who let the pink elephant in the room run wild. Washington, DC has one of the tightest gun laws in the country, and yet the highest rate of violent crime. Vermont, with no gun control laws has a very low rate of violent crime. Statistics show that violent crime is somewhat lower in states which allow concealed carry of weapons. However, DUI related deaths are a much different thing. One third of DUI killers are repeat offenders. Seventy-five percent of drivers who lose their license due to a DUI continue to drive anyway. We need stronger laws to keep these people away from us and our families. I ask our legislators to stiffen the penalties for DUI and mandate an ignition interlock for anyone convicted of a drunken driving. This device would immobilize the car of anyone who “blew positive.” We probably can’t control crazies with guns but we can surely can reduce the risk of a death at the hand of a drunken driver.
    “Guns are no more responsible for killing people than spoons are responsible for making Rosie O’Donnell fat.”

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  11. John

    December 19th, 2012

    What a world we live in…who knew they made eyebrow merkins?

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  12. grayscape

    December 19th, 2012

    Why can’t we ban all the progtard news anchors – for the children?

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  13. Corona

    December 19th, 2012

    Not the eyebrows again! That guy drove me nuts.

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  14. Noelegy

    December 19th, 2012

    He scares me.

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  15. IronyCurtain

    December 19th, 2012

    He was just trying to be more like his idols, The Drunken Kennedys.

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  16. Birdie Num Num

    December 19th, 2012

    Calling all cars:
    A drunk Romulan has encroached into the Neutral Zone.

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  17. jeckelmyhyde

    December 19th, 2012

    Making all those bucks and can’t afford to call a cab.

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  18. jim

    December 19th, 2012

    Romney stubbed his toe, front page news.
    Donaldson..? no news to report.

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  19. judgeroybean

    December 19th, 2012

    Wonder if he experienced in jail what he tried to do to Bush…

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  20. RANDO

    December 19th, 2012

    Looks like Neil Diamond in that pic.

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  21. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    December 19th, 2012

    The guy has been stagering all these years, and just now got a DUI?

    Look at those eyes. What a crazy sob.

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  22. Buffalobob

    December 19th, 2012

    He worked with Cokie Roberts for 6 years. A sharp lawyer should get him off with that fact alone.

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  23. Tortillapete

    December 19th, 2012

    Lush life…

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  24. Jorel Lives!

    December 19th, 2012

    Doesn’t this show you the vanity of life? Hmmmm? Rich, famous, and yet, what does his life add up to so close to the end? A drunken old man. No better than a bum in the alley.

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