Sam Donaldson Arrested for DUI

Sam Donaldson

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updated 12/19/2012 AT 7:00 PM ET

originally published 12/20/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET

Sam Donaldson may be known for reporting information, but on Dec. 1 he made some news of his own.

The ABC News veteran, 78, was arrested around 8 p.m. on Dec. 1 for driving under the influence in Lewes, Del., Police Chief Jeffrey Horvath confirmed in a statement to PEOPLE.

Cooperating with authorities by taking an Intoxilyzer test, the journalist was then released to an adult pending an appearance in court.

Donaldson was initially pulled over for a traffic violation, but after further investigation, it was apparent he had been drinking.

• Reporting by MARY GREEN


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