Mike Adamle, NBC 5 TV Sportscaster, Charged with DUI in Evanston

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UPDATE: Prosecutors Friday morning, July 29, 2011, dismissed drunken driving charges against former Chicago Bear and sportscaster Mike Adamle, saying that Adamle was well under the legal limit when Evanston police pulled over his car during a traffic stop in January.

NBC 5 TV (WMAQ) sportscaster and former Chicago Bear Mike Adamle was charged with DUI about 1:00 a.m. near the intersection of Main Street and Judson Avenue in Evanston after a traffic stop. At the traffic stop, Adamle failed a field sobriety test.

Mike Adamle, 61, lives in Evanston, graduated from Northwestern University in 1971 and played in the NFL for seven years. He was an All-American fullback at Northwestern.

Video clips of Mike Adamle as RAW GM.

Adamle worked for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in a variety of roles, including interviewer, play-by-play commentator, and General Manager of Raw — the longest running weekly episodic television show in US history. Adamle was also a play-by-play man for Extreme Championship Wrestling and hosted the original American Gladiator Show from 1989-1996. Six to eight events were played per show. Most of the events tested the contenders’ physical abilities against the superior size and strength of the Gladiators, who were mostly pro or amateur bodybuilders and former football players.

Adamle’s driving rose suspicion of an Evanston police officer when Adamle failed to stop for a flashing stoplight at another intersection. The police officer also charged Adamle with failure to notify the Illinois Secretary of State of an address change for his driver’s license.

At the police station, Adamle displayed erratic behavior and was transported by Evanston Fire Department firefighter/paramedics for his well-being and for a drug screen.

Adamle is due in Cook County Circuit Court in Skokie on February 14, 2011.

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