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Dale Cardwell says he’s not guilty in DUI arrest

Dale-Cardwell_615059lFormer WSB-TV reporter Dale Cardwell was charged with a DUI the day before I posted my story about Dale Cardwell’s trustdale.com site! Great timing!

Cardwell was pulled over just after midnight on June 3 at the intersection of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Motor Drive, Doraville police spokesman Officer Gene Callaway told the AJC.

“What caught the officer’s eye, is (Cardwell) sat through a green light,” Callaway said.

Cardwell took the field sobriety test, but was arrested when he refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test, police said.

He was held in the Doraville jail and released on $1,210 bond, Callaway said.

In an interview Friday, Cardwell declined to provide details of the incident, based on advice from his attorney. He said the entire story will come out in court next month.

“I have great respect and a proven track record for law enforcement,” said Cardwell, who reported on crime at WSB-TV for many years until he left in 2007. “In this situation, I believe they got it wrong.”

Dale in his office. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

Dale in his office. CREDIT: Rodney Ho/rho@ajc.com

102 comments Add your comment

Eric

June 10th, 2010
11:39 pm

News of Dale Cardwell’s DUI arrest comes right on the heels of FOX 5 reporter George Franco getting arrested for an “alledged” altercation with a BP employee… from covering the Gulf Oil Spill story to becoming part of the story. FOX 5 is said to have been ordered by FOX’s corporate attorneys to keep quiet about the situation.

I guess this could be summed up as a case of 2 Atlanta TV reporters arrested in 1 week.

jackson

June 11th, 2010
12:19 am

WOW!
You know what they say about casting stones .the schadenfreude is amazing! For all you holier than thou….peace Dale!

PaulaJ

June 11th, 2010
2:48 am

To err is human; to forgive is devine. God forgave your sin. Man does not matter. Hang in there Dale!

jimbo

June 11th, 2010
6:26 am

Trust Dale? You make the call.

Pablo

June 11th, 2010
7:31 am

I will “trust Dale” as soon as he posts the video from the traffic stop. He told reporters the police got it wrong, so let’s have a little look.

Carlos

June 11th, 2010
8:34 am

Unless he clearly failed the sobriety test, Dale might get this one dropped since we cannot know if he was intoxicated because he refused the Breathalyzer test.

Inquiring Minds

June 11th, 2010
8:34 am

Any further info on this? Did you get him to answer any questions?
Is it me, or does it seem like there’s not alot of support for Dale Cardwell in the area?

Elle Bell

June 11th, 2010
8:44 am

Dale is a good guy. Yes, I still trust him.

Dale Cardwell

June 11th, 2010
10:22 am

Derr…..I’lllll havvv anuder shot of jager!

VPR

June 11th, 2010
11:18 am

Those who know Dale both personally and professionally will understand that this is not an indictment of his character. Those in the public eye sometimes pay a very high price for their actions.

Committed?

June 11th, 2010
11:18 am

Enter your comments here

Committed?

June 11th, 2010
11:24 am

Rodney,
TrustDale committed a DUI or has been charged with a DUI? He refused the breathalyzer? Does that make him guilty? Wouldn’t he then have to submit a blood sample? Either way, he’s a nice guy who like many others has demonstrated extremely poor judgement. Can we really TrustDale? We need to hear from Dale. I hope he is innocent.

Michael

June 11th, 2010
11:34 am

Dale has spent years protecting our community from unscrupulous business practices and scammers as an investigative reporter. This doesn’t detract from all the good Dale has done over the years. Like many of the previous posters, Dale, I still trust you!

We Trust Dale!

June 11th, 2010
12:50 pm

Dale has a long record for helping the community and telling the truth. We trust Dale and will continue to support him. You’re in our prayers Dale.

The ghost of Russ Minschew

June 11th, 2010
1:26 pm

“Committed a DUI,” eh? To write it with that kind of certainty, Rodney must have been out drinking with Dale. Unless Dale has pleaded guilty, which I kinda doubt.

Ricky

June 11th, 2010
2:03 pm

Let’s see how quickly AquaGuard Basement Systems pulls their commercial featuring him in it…quality work.

jesse

June 11th, 2010
2:55 pm

Ricky, I was just thinking the same about the AquaGurd Basement commercial. I think he’ll pay to make this go away. Right now I Don’t Trust Dale!

TrustMe

June 11th, 2010
5:01 pm

Anyone who covers the courts (as Cardwell has) knows there is only one way to beat a DUI: Don’t take the test. He loses his license for a year, but may win in court.

KnowledgeHound

June 11th, 2010
8:24 pm

I put my trust in Dale and wish him all the best. I hope this does not distract from the good work he is doing. Keep the faith Dale.

Rich

June 11th, 2010
8:25 pm

Who is Dale Cardwell? No one cares about him.

Charlie

June 11th, 2010
8:27 pm

Throw his ass in jail and suspend his license! Treat him just like anyone else who drinks and drives. I guess with his job he thinks he is above the law.

Jeff

June 11th, 2010
8:27 pm

Wow Dale if you knew the law, Georgia has an implied consent law which basically says that you will consent to a chemical test if you are pulled over and a police officer has determined probable cause. Dale take your medicine like a man and quit acting like a bitch.

I heard Dale said .....

June 11th, 2010
8:30 pm

“I’m too Drunk to taste this Chicken”

S & B .....

June 11th, 2010
8:31 pm

Shake & Bake!

Rob

June 11th, 2010
8:33 pm

Remember..innocent until proven guilty. Quit your lame gossip.

Let's Show Respect

June 11th, 2010
8:35 pm

This is nothing more than a political set up cause he stepped on some toes in the past by revealing the truth. Believe it.

Mike Smith

June 11th, 2010
8:38 pm

Uh, hasn’t that been Dale’s job description over the years – Professional Stone Caster.

Mike Smith

June 11th, 2010
8:39 pm

I put my trust in all of the advertisers that pay Dale to be on his website.

Derp

June 11th, 2010
8:40 pm

Committed?

June 11th, 2010
11:24 am
Rodney,
TrustDale committed a DUI or has been charged with a DUI? He refused the breathalyzer? Does that make him guilty? Wouldn’t he then have to submit a blood sample?

Um, no. Cops can’t stick a freaking needle in your arm for refusing a breath test. Are you high? Maybe you should take a blood test.

LegalAngel

June 11th, 2010
8:41 pm

I’d rather have someone sit through a green light than have them run a red one. Obviously the police were bored. Hang in there, Dale.

Chip

June 11th, 2010
8:41 pm

Doraville is a speed trap with overly anxious cops

quota

June 11th, 2010
8:50 pm

The cops just pull people over to meet their quotas for the day, even if totally innocent. They’ll make up / plant evidence when necessary, so they can get a bonus at the end of the year. Too many dishonest cops in this city.

Doraville needs funds from tickets

June 11th, 2010
8:55 pm

Chamblee, Doraville, Avondale, Decatur City, etc. are all having funding issues. More tickets equals more revenue. You do the math. I wonder who can dig up the difference in citations issued before the budget died and after? Dale is just collateral damage.

Irony

June 11th, 2010
8:58 pm

Doesn’t seem like a good idea to trust Dale late at night on the roads after a few drinks.

Trey

June 11th, 2010
9:00 pm

Dale is a liar! He was drunk. He spent his whole career at WSB making a name for himself by pointing the finger at people. Now he sees that the fingers are now pointing at him. You can’t trust this guy. He’s a sneaky liar that couldn’t get another reporting job because he has no ethics!

Dale

June 11th, 2010
9:02 pm

You guysss kin Trush mee…I’m Dale! I’m TRUSH Dale…

waiting moderation

June 11th, 2010
9:05 pm

Revenue baby, City and the State are on a witch hunt for revenue. Plus my republican friends are on a self-righteous hunt to protect us from ourselves. Traffic enforcement in the Metro is a Joke. Sorry Dale, they will get us all one day. Lord forgive us for we absolutely do not know what we do. Mankind is a joke.

karl delc

June 11th, 2010
9:20 pm

if Dale was not drunk he would have submitted to the test.
If you pass it-you get to leave-end of story. Obviously he was drinking and knew he would admit to his dui by taking the test. Not taking the test means he can try and wiggle out of the dui. Man up Dale!

karl delc

June 11th, 2010
9:23 pm

This has nothing to do with aggresive police patrol. If your not breaking the law ie speeding, drinking and driving etc, you wont get a ticket or go to jail.

Voice Of Reason

June 11th, 2010
9:25 pm

If he was innocent he would of taken the breathalizer test and been released at the scene if he passed it. He was obviously drunk and thats why he didnt take the test because he knew you cant fight science and the test doesnt lie…..but he obviously does…typical politics

karl delc

June 11th, 2010
9:27 pm

Innocent until proven guilty???? who wrote this? he could have proven himself innocent by taking the breathalyzer. it so obvious people who dont take the test have been drinking, why else would you not blow into that machine????? because you have been drinking!!!!

Patrick

June 11th, 2010
9:29 pm

I hope the video has footage of him hollering something like “Don’t you KNOW who I am???!!!”

That might make a good ringtone.

Sad to see his “trust me” business go down in flames but that’s what happens when you put all the eggs in one basket and you are the basket and the eggs. It’s not a wise way to invest. Clark Howard would tell him that.

joop

June 11th, 2010
9:29 pm

@Carlos In Georgia, refusal to submit to a breathalyzer still gets you in trouble. You automatically lose your license and the DUI is still prosecutable. http://www.georgiaduiattorneys.org/georgiabreathtest.html

Chris

June 11th, 2010
9:32 pm

So unforgiving of others no matter what rule they break and he’s drivng drunk, more of a danger to society than anyone. These cheesy, local tv news doughboys are the worst hypocrites. Remember when he started his senatorial campaign by camping up on a billboard to get attention. LOL

Brant

June 11th, 2010
9:36 pm

If I got stopped by the police (or if I sat through a green light late at night, which I can’t see doing if I was sober) and I was sober, I would gladly take the field sobriety test and pass it, and then say, “Officer, please administer that breathalyzer right away so I can get home to my family.” He clearly knew he wouldn’t pass it. Open your eyes, people. I’m sure Dale is the nicest guy in the world, but how smart is it when you are trying to get a trust-based business off the ground and you are out driving toasted? I wish I could have trusted Dale to call a cab. Just sayin’…

Committed?

June 11th, 2010
9:36 pm

Hi Derp the Dumb,
@ June 11, 2010 8:40pm
The police can seek and obtain a search warrant with probable cause and could have forced him to submit to a chemical blood test if they had wanted to. Get a clue, Mr. Clueless. Also, Georgia is an implied consent state, but that’s probably way over your head.

Chris

June 11th, 2010
9:43 pm

One of his biggest soapboxes was not allowing immigrants to have a driver’s license, but he can have one and drive around drunk. Some of htese windbags really take the cake.

Gram

June 11th, 2010
9:43 pm

If he had nothing to hide, and insists that he was not DUI, then why refuse the breathalyzer? Sounds guilty to me.

morgamogramo

June 11th, 2010
9:52 pm

maybe he’s playin’ undercover brotha’ and fakin’ the funk to protect da’ public….

jesus h. christ

June 11th, 2010
9:54 pm

I ‘trust’ he was drunk of his arse…..