Sam Donaldson’s drunken driving case is dismissed

November 12, 2013
Sam Donaldson at the Democratic National Convention in 2012. (Jae C. Hong/ AP Photo)
Sam Donaldson at the Democratic National Convention in 2012. (Jae C. Hong/ AP Photo)

Sam Donaldson’s DUI case in Delaware was dismissed Friday, closing a year-long legal battle for the former ABC journalist. Donaldson was arrested last December and charged with drunken driving, but a Sussex County judge tossed out the case ruling that police did not have probable cause.

The judge said that the arresting officer had sufficient reason to stop Donaldson’s car, but the incident report was missing information and included a sobriety field test, which is not supposed to be administered to anyone 65 because seniors may have difficulty with one-leg stands and other tasks, even when sober.

“The officer said I didn’t look over 65,” the 79-year-old journalist told us Monday. “My goodness, I almost jumped up and waved the flag!”

Donaldson, currently living in Albuquerque, is separated but not yet divorced from wife Jan Smith. He collected his last paycheck from ABC News last month and is now busy with freelance projects — but says he’s not retired: “You retire, in the full sense of the word, when you die. I’m not ready yet.”

 

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