Richie Sambora Charged with DUI


Apr. 22 2008, Published 8:23 a.m. ET

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Richie Sambora, the guitarist for Bon Jovi, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit, it was revealed on Tuesday.

Sambora,48, was in Laguna Beach,Calif., on March 25, after his car was reported swerving and straddling two lanes. The district attorney's office says his blood alcohol level was allegedly nearly twice the legal limit in California.

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When he was arrested, Richie had another adult passenger and two minors, including his 10-year old daughter, Ava in the car with him. He was later released on his own recognizance.  Police initially recommended that Sambora be charged with child endangerment, but prosecutors later disagreed.

Sambora will be arraigned on May 7.


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