'Sunday Night Football' Announcer Al Michaels arrested, charged with DUI
According to police report, Al Michaels was arrested around 10 p.m. PST on Friday on suspicion of DUI and spent a little over five hours in Santa Monica city jail before being released on a citation next morning.
During a DUI checkpoint in Santa Monica, officers reportedly detected the odor of alcohol on Al Michaels’ breath and pulled him over. After Al Michaels was given a field sobriety test he blew just over the state limit in two tries on the Breathalyzer test, resulting in a .08 and .09. However, Sgt. Ryan Gradle of the Santa Monica police said that Al Michaels was “extremely cooperative” with the authorities throughout the events leading to the arrest.
Al Michaels is scheduled to appear in Los Angeles Municipal Court at 8:30 a.m. on June 26 to face the DUI charges.
The 68-year-old has worked for the NBC Sports since he made the jump from ABC Sports in 2006, after a 30-year career with network. The NBC Sports representative released the following statement fro the network:
“We are aware of the situation. We have been in contact with Al. We have no further comment at this time."
The Emmy-winning Al Michaels was voice of “Monday Night Football” for 20 seasons, and has been the NBC’s Sunday Night Football broadcast since initially joining the network.
Al Michaels is career-highlights also include the 1980 Winter Olympics’ “Miracle on Ice” game in which the U.S. hockey team upset the Soviet Union while Michaels famously led with the call “Do you believe in miracles?”