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NBC Sports play-by-play announcer Al Michaels, who has delivered some of the most memorable calls in recent sports history, was arrested Friday night on DUI charges after allegedly making a U-turn in Santa Monica, Calif., according to police, and spent several hours in jail.
Michaels, play-by-play man on NBC’s Sunday Night Football NFL coverage and the broadcaster who proclaimed “Do you believe in miracles?” at the 1980 Winter Olympics, was arrested for driving under the influence at about 9:30 p.m. Friday, according to Sgt. Richard Lewis, public information officer for the Santa Monica Police Department.
“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,” Lewis told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday.
“They do a traffic stop. During that stop, they smell alcohol and determine he is under the influence. They do a field sobriety (test) and they arrest him.”
Lewis declined to specify Michaels’ blood alcohol level. Michaels, 68, was charged under California law with DUI of alcohol and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or more.
Lewis said Michaels was booked and released about 6-8 hours later. The Santa Monica Jail confirmed Michaels was detained.
The Santa Monica Police Department was conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint Friday night. Lewis said Michaels did not go through the checkpoint.
“But those motor officers were working the checkpoint, and they just saw his illegal turn,” Lewis said.
NBC Sports issued a statement: “We are aware of the situation, and we’ve spoken to Al. We have no further comment at this time.”
Earlier this month, the Santa Monica police had announced they would conduct the DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, at an undisclosed location.
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