Update: June Court Date Set After Al Michaels' DUI Arrest

Sportscaster Al Michaels has been scheduled to appear in court following his arrest in Santa Monica Friday at a checkpoint.

Network TV sportscaster Al Michaels faces a June court date following his arrest at a Santa Monica drunken driving checkpoint, a police official said Sunday.

Michaels, play-by-play announcer on NBC's flagship "Sunday Night Football" broadcasts, drove into the checkpoint in the 1800 block of Lincoln Boulevard at about 10 p.m. Friday, according to Santa Monica police Sgt. William Heric.

"He was evaluated for suspicion of DUI, brought to the station for a breathalyzer test, and it came out .08, which was at the legal limit, so he was released on a citation at about 3 or 4 in the morning," Heric said.

"He was cooperative and polite the whole time,'' Heric said. The 68-year-old Michaels was released on his own recognizance, with no bail required.

California law holds that a driver with a blood alcohol level at .08 percent or greater is presumed to be drunk. Also, a person can be charged with drunken driving if it can be reasonably proved that any level of alcohol or drugs influenced their ability to drive. 

USA TODAY reported

"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," said Sgt. Richard Lewis, public information officer for the Santa Monica Police Department, according to USA TODAY.

Michaels was scheduled to appear at LAX Municipal Court June 26.

"We are aware of the situation and we've spoken to Al,''  NBC Sports Group Senior Vice President of Communications Greg Hughes said.

Michaels, an Emmy Award winner, was the play-by-play announcer during the gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic hockey team's 1980 upset of the Soviet Union team heavily favored to win the gold.

Michaels shouting "Do you believe in miracles?" at the end of the improbable victory is a frequent Olympic replay.


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