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Sam Donaldson DUI: ABC Newsman Beats Delaware Charge

By    |   Monday, 11 Nov 2013 07:37 AM

A Delaware judge threw out veteran ABC news anchor Sam Donaldson's 2012 DUI case Friday, citing inconsistent police reports and a lack of probable cause.

Donaldson, the 79-year-old journalist who twice served as ABC's chief White House correspondent, was pulled over in Lewes, Del., on Dec. 1, 2012, for reportedly swerving onto the shoulder of the road.

The police officer claimed he "detected the presence of alcohol" and had Donaldson perform a field sobriety test. The newsman was arrested, taken to a nearby station, booked, and eventually released. Police said he was cooperative throughout the entire incident.

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But Judge Rosemary B. Beauregard said Friday that the records of Donaldson's traffic stop were "spotty" and "give the court pause as to the accuracy of the information the court has received," according to the Courier-Post. She also agreed with Donaldson's lawyer, who argued that some roadside balance tests aren't meant for people older than 65.

Donaldson was acquitted of all charges and said he was "clearly happy it turned out this way," the Courier-Post reported.

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