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Indy 500 champ Al Unser Jr. arrested for drunk driving
Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 26, 2007 | Anon

Posted on 01/26/2007 6:35:31 PM PST by Pharmboy

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and hit-and-run, Nevada police said on Friday.

Unser was taken into custody near Henderson, Nevada, on Thursday after he failed field sobriety tests given to him by officers investigating a hit-and-run, Nevada State Trooper Kevin Honea said.

Unser, 44, was booked on charges of hit-and-run, failing to report an accident, making an unsafe lane change and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Honea said troopers responded to an accident outside Las Vegas shortly after 11 a.m. on Thursday in which a car crashed into a freeway median after being sideswiped by a Ford Excursion

that had fled the scene and was being pursued by other drivers.

When the Excursion got off the freeway near Henderson, police approached the sports utility vehicle to find Unser at the wheel.

"Mr. Unser failed all of the sobriety tests given to him and was placed under arrest," Honea said, adding that the car racer had since been released from custody.

Unser, the son of car racing legend Al Unser, won the Indianapolis 500 in 1992 and 1994.


TOPICS: US: Nevada; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: alunserjr; dui; dwi; hitandrun; indy500; littleal
Sheesh. I guess when you can drive that well, you think alcohol won't affect you.
1 posted on 01/26/2007 6:35:37 PM PST by Pharmboy
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To: Pharmboy

Just damn.


2 posted on 01/26/2007 6:36:42 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: Pharmboy

"shortly after 11 a.m."
Suggests a bigger problem than a DUI


3 posted on 01/26/2007 6:37:33 PM PST by dynachrome ("Where am I? Where am I going? Why am I in a handbasket?")
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To: Pharmboy

Driving Unser the Influence.


4 posted on 01/26/2007 6:37:49 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Indy-briated.)
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To: Pharmboy

It's not the first time for him either. The last time it was domestic abuse and drugs. The IRL needs to adopt the NASCAR stance on this sort of thing.


5 posted on 01/26/2007 6:38:08 PM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: Pharmboy
Reminds me of that scene in "Naked Gun" when Leslie Nielson turns in his badge and gun and wistfully says "Next time I shoot somebody, I might get arrested."

Al Unser Jr. must be feeling the same way right about now.

6 posted on 01/26/2007 6:40:51 PM PST by SamAdams76 (I'm 53 days from outliving Steve Irwin)
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To: Pharmboy

How fast was he going? ROFL


7 posted on 01/26/2007 6:41:22 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Forgot your tagline? Click here to have it resent!)
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To: Pharmboy

So much for rehab.


8 posted on 01/26/2007 6:42:39 PM PST by Sir Hailstone (Your freedom. Brought to you by the 2nd Amendment and the United States Armed Forces.)
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To: dynachrome
"Suggests a bigger problem than a DUI"

That's the truth. If you are drinking that early there are issues. I never start before noon. :p

9 posted on 01/26/2007 6:42:59 PM PST by KoRn
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To: Jet Jaguar

You would think he could out drive and out distance the police, even drunk.


10 posted on 01/26/2007 6:43:58 PM PST by doc1019
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To: doc1019
You would think he could out drive and out distance the police, even drunk.

Except he kept going in circles.

11 posted on 01/26/2007 6:45:44 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Long ovals, actually.)
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To: KoRn

Gassed at 11 am?

Only in Vegas, baby. Looks like he didn't learn his lesson the first time.

Then again, he's probably thinking he can still get a free pass as if here were back home in New Mexico--there they don't start taking it seriously until about your fifth or sixth conviction.


12 posted on 01/26/2007 6:46:03 PM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: doc1019

Yeah, but Ford SUV's are chipped out at 104 mph. Don't ask me how I know.


13 posted on 01/26/2007 6:46:43 PM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: OCCASparky

I thought everything that happens in Vegas staid in Vegas?


14 posted on 01/26/2007 6:48:01 PM PST by doc1019
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To: Pharmboy

wasn't he picked up for this about 6 months ago or so???


15 posted on 01/26/2007 6:49:02 PM PST by Jewels1091
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To: doc1019
You would think he could out drive and out distance the police

Not in than Ford Excursion he was driving. Now if he were behind the wheel of a new Shelby Cobra GT 500 and out on Intertstate 40 we'd have the makings of a possible police chase video to end all.

16 posted on 01/26/2007 6:49:54 PM PST by Mr. Mojo
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To: KoRn
Hey--it's 5 PM somewhere, eh?
17 posted on 01/26/2007 6:52:24 PM PST by Pharmboy ([She turned me into a] Newt! in '08)
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To: Pharmboy

If Al Unser Jr. couldn't outrun the cops, no one can!


18 posted on 01/26/2007 6:53:33 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Pelosi, the call was for Comity, not Comedy. But thanks for the laughs. StarKisses, NVA.)
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To: OCCASparky

Please indulge an ol’ fart here … what is “chipped out”. Thank you in advance for your response … knowledge is everything.


19 posted on 01/26/2007 6:53:43 PM PST by doc1019
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To: doc1019

I thought everything that happens in Vegas staid in Vegas?


Unser was taken into custody near Henderson,



20 posted on 01/26/2007 6:53:47 PM PST by ThomasThomas (I just can't say Democrat with out the ick)
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To: Jewels1091
No--it was dad.
21 posted on 01/26/2007 6:54:32 PM PST by Pharmboy ([She turned me into a] Newt! in '08)
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To: ThomasThomas

Q


22 posted on 01/26/2007 6:55:33 PM PST by doc1019
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To: doc1019
Please indulge an ol’ fart here … what is “chipped out”. Thank you in advance for your response … knowledge is everything.

Electronic governor. Senses engine RPM in top gear and cuts out fuel momentarily until speed coasts down. I had a 1992 Camaro (6-speed manual, Z28) which had it as well, but it didn't cut in until about 130 mph (3500 rpm in 6th). You can get "kits" to reprogram them in most states, only a few hundred bucks.
23 posted on 01/26/2007 6:56:37 PM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: dynachrome; KoRn

Yea, everyone knows it is stoned in the morning, drunk in the afternoon.


24 posted on 01/26/2007 6:57:57 PM PST by razorback-bert (Posted by Time's Man of the Year)
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To: Pharmboy

The Unser boys are plain hellions, livin' on the edge. Wild men. Al Jr. isn't the only one in trouble with the law....


25 posted on 01/26/2007 6:58:32 PM PST by KellyAdmirer
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To: doc1019

You, my dear, obviously haven't been to Vegas lately...lol. If you've been to the Hard Rock Casino, go to the center bar either way late at night or early in the morning and just LISTEN.

The acoustics in the bar are amazing--you can barely hear the person five seats away but you can hear a conversation 50 feet away almost as if they were sitting next to you. Some of the things that people think they're saying only amongst themselves...stunning.


26 posted on 01/26/2007 6:58:44 PM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: ThomasThomas

Pretty much the same thing--go down Eastern a couple of miles from downtown or Flamingo east from the strip, you're in Henderson. Meh.


27 posted on 01/26/2007 7:00:35 PM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: Pharmboy


Honea said Unser failed several field sobriety tests before being taken into custody. Unser was charged with driving under the influence, misdemeanor hit and run, failure to render aid in an accident and failure to report an accident.


Unser also has had bouts with alcohol abuse and depression. He underwent treatment for alcohol abuse in 2002 after his girlfriend said he hit her in the face while drunk in Indianapolis. Prosecutors did not file charges against him.


28 posted on 01/26/2007 7:01:24 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Charles Henrickson

"Driving Unser the Influence."

That is bad, but I may use it.


29 posted on 01/26/2007 7:02:25 PM PST by The Worthless Miracle (I think Jamie Dupree is annoying.)
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To: Pharmboy

Mugshot of race car driver Al Unser Jr., taken moments after he was busted for DUI and leaving the scene of a crash on a Nevada freeway.

30 posted on 01/26/2007 7:03:43 PM PST by kcvl
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To: razorback-bert
"Yea, everyone knows it is stoned in the morning"

I have found opiates to be the perfect remedy for a hangover lol

31 posted on 01/26/2007 7:05:49 PM PST by KoRn
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To: kcvl

Yep--he was overserved.


32 posted on 01/26/2007 7:07:18 PM PST by Pharmboy ([She turned me into a] Newt! in '08)
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To: OCCASparky

As a ‘puter person, I figured that “chipped’ had something to do with computer chips and the car control thereof. Just needed some verification … thanks for the info.

Sorta’ like the old governors used on pre microprocessor controlled engines (back in the day).


33 posted on 01/26/2007 7:07:35 PM PST by doc1019
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To: Pharmboy

As usual, my first thought is why don't these well to do drinking "celebrities" have enough sense and money to get a driver or chauffeur to drive them to and from their escapades?

I think they can all afford a hired driver or friend for a few hours.

Mel Gibson, Nick Nolte, Paris Hilton, they've all got millions of dollars.

Heck, call a cab. Cheaper than a DUI.


34 posted on 01/26/2007 7:07:51 PM PST by garyhope (It's World War IV, right here, right now courtesy of Islam.)
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To: NonValueAdded

"If Al Unser Jr. couldn't outrun the cops, no one can!"

As a friend of mine used to say,....: "Nobody can outrun a radio." Or a bullet.


35 posted on 01/26/2007 7:14:11 PM PST by garyhope
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To: Charles Henrickson

I was also wondering if he was turning left at the time of the arrest.


36 posted on 01/26/2007 7:14:17 PM PST by Kimmers (I)
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To: Pharmboy

Whoops.


37 posted on 01/26/2007 7:17:36 PM PST by b4its2late (Liberalism is a hollow log and a mental disorder.)
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To: Pharmboy

Glad no one was hurt,, I'm sure he'll be receiving lots of good advice the next few days. Whether he listens to it is another thing.


38 posted on 01/26/2007 7:20:31 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... California 2007,, Where's a script re-write guy when ya need 'em?)
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To: OCCASparky

'I had a 1992 Camaro (6-speed manual, Z28) which had it as well, but it didn't cut in until about 130 mph (3500 rpm in 6th). "

Thank god it wasn't "chipped out" at 110 or 120, you could have been late to work or missed an appointment!

(Like I should talk. I used to drive my mom's Corvette between Dallas and Fort Worth on 182 and 121 at about 105-110 mph. I remember going going 110 mph on the local freeway through traffic. Not a wise thing to do. Thank God me and the other drivers are still alive to talk about it.)


39 posted on 01/26/2007 7:24:07 PM PST by garyhope
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To: NormsRevenge

I'm sure he's gotten puh-LEN-ty of good advice in the past, but he thinks he's as indestructible as a 17 y/o with three beers in him on a Saturday night. I hope this does it for him, though.


40 posted on 01/26/2007 7:24:10 PM PST by Pharmboy ([She turned me into a] Newt! in '08)
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To: doc1019
Seems as though he was anything but staid. ;)
41 posted on 01/26/2007 7:28:57 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: Pharmboy

I didn't realize he was 44, wow time flies..


42 posted on 01/26/2007 7:32:58 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... California 2007,, Where's a script re-write guy when ya need 'em?)
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To: leadpenny

Excuse me for a typo … just flushes my whole argument down the drain. Alas, argument lost because of a typo, alas.

;-)


43 posted on 01/26/2007 7:45:51 PM PST by doc1019
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To: Pharmboy
Didn't he just get busted in Texas for causing a scene when some cops cordoned off a road near his home and he ran through the roadblock? Alcohol was suspected in that incident as well, as I recall.

Looks like Mr. Unser may have a case of the Irish cancer.

44 posted on 01/26/2007 8:00:32 PM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Pharmboy

Only 23 days till the Daytona 500!!!!!


45 posted on 01/26/2007 8:39:24 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule (If a cow freezes to death does that mean we got ice cream?)
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To: Pharmboy

Hey! I drive that stretch of road all the time, it is pretty hard to screw up there even when drunk, so he must have been plastered.


46 posted on 01/26/2007 9:51:27 PM PST by FastCoyote
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To: OCCASparky

Okay; I won't ask you, if you return the favor and don't ask me how I found that out about mine.


47 posted on 01/26/2007 11:19:23 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: Pharmboy

You just can't reason with some people about driving drunk. You see people who aren't too sober at weddings who seem to think nothing of driving home.


48 posted on 01/27/2007 5:19:35 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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