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Chicago Sportscaster’s DUI Charge Is Dismissed

August 12, 2011

The DUI charge against former NFL running back Mike Adamle and current Chicago sportscaster has been dismissed; a blood alcohol test showed that he was well under the legal limit set for driving while under the influence of alcohol.

The DUI charge against former NFL running back Mike Adamle and current Chicago sportscaster has been dismissed; a blood alcohol test showed that he was well under the legal limit set for driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Adamle, who is currently employed as a sportscaster for a Chicago news station, was pulled over at 1:00 a.m. on January 10 after allegedly disobeying a stop sign. He was fined $100 for that offense. During the traffic stop, the police officer claimed that Adamle displayed erratic behavior and failed field sobriety testing.

Adamle submitted to a breath test, which registered a blood alcohol level of 0.04 percent; he also underwent a blood test, which showed his blood alcohol level at 0.039 percent. According to Illinois law, a 0.08 percent blood alcohol level or more can result in a DUI charge.

“I couldn’t have been more cooperative,” Adamle said. “I did everything they asked me and then some.”

During Adamle’s brief court hearing, Cook County prosecutors decided to dismiss the DUI charges against Adamle since both the breath and blood tests showed that he was under the legal limit.

On their own, failed field sobriety tests typically do not provide adequate evidence of intoxication. Their validity and reliability can be called into question if the test was not administered properly, the suspect is too old or has a medical condition that precludes them from passing the test, or the results are interpreted incorrectly. In this case, the police officer’s report that Adamle displayed erratic behavior and failed field sobriety testing did not provide prosecutors with enough evidence to pursue the DUI charge.

Although the driving under the influence charge was dismissed, Adamle says that the arrest and media attention damaged his reputation, resulting in the loss of several speaking engagements.

Adamle attended Northwestern University where he played football for the Wildcats. In 1971, he was drafted to the Kansas City Chiefs in the fourth round. He went on to play with the New York Jets, before returning to the Midwest to play for the Chicago Bears. His NFL career lasted seven years.

After retiring from the NFL, Adamle was hired as an on-air host and sideline reporter for NBC sports. He has since worked as a sideline reporter for ABC, as a co-host of the popular TV show American Gladiators, and as a sideline reporter and host for ESPN. Adamle is currently a full-time sportscaster with NBC 5 Chicago.

Prior to his drunk driving arrest, Adamle had a clean record and good public image. In 2007, he received the Personal Achievement Award for his work with the Epilepsy Foundation. In 2009, at the age of 60, Adamle completed his second Ironman Triathlon in just over 14 hours.

Adamle has publicly stated that he doesn’t understand why he received the DUI charge since breath and blood tests showed that he was at half the legal limit.

“What they did was really incorrect,” Adamle said. “When you go to Wikipedia and see that under your biography, you have to do something about that.”

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