Gary Collins, TV host and 70-year-old actor, was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol on the evening of February 1, 2009, on suspicion of driving under the influence according to this Post Chronicle article. Law enforcement officials with the California Highway Patrol claim that Collins faces charges after being pulled over in Santa Barbara when officers spotted him driving a motor home in an erratic manner.
According to officers on the scene, Collins refused a field sobriety test although a blood-alcohol test was submitted later in the evening.
The current California DUI charges are in addition to other DUI charges filed against Collins 13 months ago. Officials claim that Collins served a four-day jail sentence in Los Angeles, and was placed on two years of probation after he pleaded no contest to a previous DUI charge stemming from a December 2007 accident.
The accident resulted in the death of another driver, but Collins was not found to be at fault in the accident. The former Miss America host also had a DUI conviction in Malibu in 2004. Collins was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail and was released on $25,000 bail.
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