Al Michaels -- perhaps the most well-known sportscaster in the world -- was arrested Friday night for suspicion of DUI ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Michaels went through a DUI checkpoint in Santa Monica at approximately 10:00 PM on Friday and when he spoke to officers, they detected an odor of alcohol.
We're told he was pulled over and given a field sobriety and after performing poorly, he was placed under arrest. Michaels was released from jail at 4:15 AM on Saturday on his own recognizance.
UPDATE: Sunday, April 21, at 2:20 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
According to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports released a statement following the arrest:
Richard Deitsch @richarddeitsch
NBC Sports statement on Al Michaels DUI charge: "We are aware of the situation and we are in contact with Al."4/21/2013, 6:13:09 PM
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According to Mark Morgenstein and AnneClaire Stapleton of CNN, the charge was a misdemeanor DUI, and he has a court date set for June 26.
Via TMZ's report, Michaels posted a ".08 and a .09 in two breathalyzer tests." The legal blood-alcohol content in most states is 0.08. He was also reportedly cooperative with law enforcement agents.
Michaels is one of the most famous sports announcers in the country and currently handles the play-by-play duties for the Sunday Night Football broadcasts alongside former NFL player Cris Collinsworth, a post he took in 2006.
He spent 20 years on Monday Night Football as the play-by-play man, has been featured in numerous Olympics and has also announced for the MLB and NBA.
His famous “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” call after the United States defeated the USSR in the 1980 Olympics is perhaps his most memorable moment. He has won five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Personality and is one of the most recognizable voices in the history of American sports.
It remains to be seen if NBC will take any disciplinary action against Michaels after this incident.
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