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Al Unser Jr. arrested for DWI (ABQ NM)
KRQE News 13 ^ | September 29, 2011 | David Romero

Posted on 09/29/2011 1:17:28 PM PDT by CedarDave

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - According to a police booking report, Al Unser Jr, a retired American race car driver and two time Indianapolis 500 winner, was arrested early Thursday morning.

Around 3 a.m. , officials say Unser, 49, was in his white 2011 Chevrolet Suburban and racing another car going westbound on Paseo del Norte in Albuquerque. Deputies say they clocked both vehicles on radar going over 100 miles per hour. The posted speed limit in that particular stretch is around 60 mph.

The report states the vehicles were traveling so fast and weaved at the last minute across lanes near the Coors off ramp, the other cars had to slam on their brakes.

Deputies say they smelled a strong odor of alcohol on Unser's breath. He submitted to a field sobriety test which he failed. He submitted to a breathalizer test which returned a .16.

He has been charged with reckless driving, aggravated DWI and racing upon a highway. Unser was released from jail on his own recognizance.

(Excerpt) Read more at krqe.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: alunser; alunserjr; indycars; racing
Unser Jr. has had substance abuse problems in the past -- guess he still has.
1 posted on 09/29/2011 1:17:35 PM PDT by CedarDave
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To: CedarDave

What an idiot.


2 posted on 09/29/2011 1:21:52 PM PDT by MAKOTHEDOG
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To: NormsRevenge; NYTexan; LegendHasIt; Rogle; leapfrog0202; Santa Fe_Conservative; DesertDreamer; ...

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3 posted on 09/29/2011 1:22:36 PM PDT by CedarDave (My Sarah prediction: Announcing for President between October 12 and 28.)
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To: CedarDave

Didn’t he throw his wife or girlfriend out of a moving vehicle some years back?


4 posted on 09/29/2011 1:23:11 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: CedarDave

DUI was his hobby...


5 posted on 09/29/2011 1:23:12 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: CedarDave

I am glad he didn’t kill somebody. He was a great driver, but he really trashed his life.


6 posted on 09/29/2011 1:23:47 PM PDT by Never on my watch (WTF happened to my country?)
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To: CedarDave

He was sober for a while, though. He used to talk about AA and stuff.

Maybe he’ll try again. I hope so, he’s a good guy and his family and ours go back some years, decades.


7 posted on 09/29/2011 1:23:55 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: CedarDave

Yep, pretty sad. I guess he got drunk and beat up his wife sometime back. He must have a little Uncle Bobby in him.


8 posted on 09/29/2011 1:25:05 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: CedarDave
Damn, what a jerk.
Hope he gets help.
9 posted on 09/29/2011 1:27:20 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: CedarDave
zzzooooooooooooooooooooo(hic)ooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!
10 posted on 09/29/2011 1:32:44 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a U.S. Marine.)
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To: CedarDave

Racing a Suburban? Okay....


11 posted on 09/29/2011 1:35:16 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: CedarDave

He’s lucky he didn’t kill someone. Many years ago in my neck of the woods a couple of redneck dingelheimers decided to go racing on the highway; one of them ending up plowing into the back of a station wagon carrying an entire family of four or five people, killing them all in the ensuing fire. The perps are probably in the big house to this day.


12 posted on 09/29/2011 1:37:13 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: CedarDave

Again?


13 posted on 09/29/2011 1:40:19 PM PDT by McGruff (Vetting - The process of examination and evaluation of a candidate's record.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
Which is why Unser really needs to do some time in jail for this one. This isn't his first offense by a long shot. Apparently his is a pretty nasty dude when he gets drunk or high. Very sad to see someone fall this far, but he needs to be held accountable.
14 posted on 09/29/2011 1:42:18 PM PDT by Never on my watch (WTF happened to my country?)
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To: CedarDave

Who does he think he is, Barney Oldfield?


15 posted on 09/29/2011 1:49:10 PM PDT by Rinnwald
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To: CedarDave

“””racing another car”””


Apparantly, Unser not only got the DWI but he also lost the race as there was no mention about the other person being ticketed.

What hurt the most?

The DWI or losing the race?


16 posted on 09/29/2011 1:52:49 PM PDT by Presbyterian Reporter
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To: Never on my watch
Very sad to see someone fall this far, but he needs to be held accountable.

Tough love, that would be. Good for him, and good for his potential victims.

17 posted on 09/29/2011 1:53:55 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: MAKOTHEDOG

An idiot for sure.....doing 100 mph in a Suburban?....Good grief Charlie Brown!


18 posted on 09/29/2011 1:57:46 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Presbyterian Reporter

The article says he lost to a black sedan last seen heading north on Coors Blvd.


19 posted on 09/29/2011 2:03:40 PM PDT by CedarDave (My Sarah prediction: Announcing for President between October 12 and 28.)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

For people who are not from Albuquerque Paseo Del Norte is full Al Unser Jr’s and that is why I try to avoid it as much as possible. I was coming home from the airport Sunday and witnessed two idiots racing on Paseo. This past Friday two guys racing Mustangs caused a bad accident on I-40.

I hope they make an example of Unser big time.


20 posted on 09/29/2011 2:11:45 PM PDT by MAKOTHEDOG
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To: CedarDave

I read another article that said he told the police officer that they got the slower guy. Yikes!!


21 posted on 09/29/2011 2:14:46 PM PDT by MAKOTHEDOG
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To: CedarDave

Seems like that “old demon rum” has got his hooks into “Little Al” again !

Sad ! I wonder just how much being the scion of one famous racer and the nephew of another has to do with this ? >PS


22 posted on 09/29/2011 2:15:30 PM PDT by PiperShade
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To: CedarDave

Fine him. Jail him. Take his license away for a year or two. Beat him with a stick. Make him do public service at the medical examiner’s office, and sentence him to five years of driving a rebuilt Yugo when gets his license back. Better yet, make him ride the bus when he wants to go somewhere.


23 posted on 09/29/2011 2:34:19 PM PDT by pallis
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To: AngelesCrestHighway
doing 100 mph in a Suburban?

He must have a race version, mine will only go 99 mph and hits the cut off limit.......

24 posted on 09/29/2011 2:57:51 PM PDT by Lockbox (`)
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To: CedarDave

The article says he lost to a black sedan last seen heading north on Coors Blvd, driven by Kyle Bush


25 posted on 09/29/2011 3:34:15 PM PDT by boothead
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To: boothead

Your comment would be funnier if you said, “Danica Patrick”. I doubt his manhood could handle losing to a girl. LOL


26 posted on 09/29/2011 3:51:16 PM PDT by 23 Everest (When seconds count. The police are just minutes away. 831 Bonnie)
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To: CedarDave
NO ONE EVER passes a field sobriety test ... don't ever take one

don't refuse .... ask if there are any legal consequences to taking the test

Remain polite and clearly state for the camera that you are not refusing but that you would like to have advice of counsel before taking the test

keep breathing deeply and let them either make the claim that you are refusing the test .. which you repeated claim that you are not .... and when they arrest you explain to counsel that you never refused but asked if there was a legal consequence to the test and when told there was asked for advice of counsel before taking any test.

If you remain cool and courteous you should walk

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27 posted on 09/29/2011 4:07:34 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: MAKOTHEDOG
For people who are not from Albuquerque Paseo Del Norte is full Al Unser Jr’s and that is why I try to avoid it as much as possible. I was coming home from the airport Sunday and witnessed two idiots racing on Paseo. This past Friday two guys racing Mustangs caused a bad accident on I-40.

I commute on this section daily. My experience is that at earlier commute times, you get a couple of idiots, but most folks stay between 60-70 MPH. It's the non-commute times that folks really open up - I've been doing 70 and have been passed like I was sitting still (once by a cop, who was not on duty - called the city on him - no lights, no siren, no nothing but a white streak). I've witnessed donor cyclers riding wheelies at well over 70 mph.

Paseo is three lanes in each direction, and except for a big dog-leg, mostly straight.

28 posted on 09/29/2011 4:29:19 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: CedarDave

“Unser Jr. has had substance abuse problems in the past — guess he still has.”

I think he’s more embarrassed that he lost the race.


29 posted on 09/29/2011 5:12:16 PM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: IYAS9YAS

I would imagine that a professional race car driver (and alcoholic) clocked at 110 who blows a .16 (or whatever it was) would be just as safe as an average Joe going 70.


30 posted on 09/29/2011 6:30:01 PM PDT by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: CedarDave
The report states the vehicles were traveling so fast and weaved at the last minute across lanes near the Coors off ramp, the other cars had to slam on their brakes.

Ya just can't make this stuff up.....

The Coors off ramp!?!?!?!?!

31 posted on 09/29/2011 6:32:20 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum)
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To: Sicvee
I would imagine that a professional race car driver (and alcoholic) clocked at 110 who blows a .16 (or whatever it was) would be just as safe as an average Joe going 70.

Knowing Albuquerque, he probably blew only slightly higher than the cops.

32 posted on 09/29/2011 7:16:16 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: Sicvee

I would imagine that a professional race car driver (and alcoholic) clocked at 110 who blows a .16 (or whatever it was) would be just as safe as an average Joe going 70.


In that case I guess the thing to do is to just dismiss the case and wish him well.


33 posted on 09/29/2011 7:20:36 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Elle Bee

Good thing I wasn’t asked the only time I was stopped (and I was stopped - in a lit church parking lot after a long drive and I couldn’t keep my eyes open). The whole police force in a small Texas town surrounded my P/U and skipped the stand-on-one-foot test and went right to the breathalizer test: Blew 0.00. They then said I could not stay there but had to park at the local convenience store lot. I said o.k. but was then awake enough to drive the remaining 30 miles.


34 posted on 09/29/2011 7:22:31 PM PDT by CedarDave (My Sarah prediction: Announcing for President between October 12 and 28.)
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