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Dan McLaughlin: Police Report Suggests He Wet His Pants, Name-Dropped Job in First DWI

Categories: Cardinals, Crime
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McLaughlin's mugshot for his August 2010 DWI.
Cardinals' announcer Dan McLaughlin is fighting for his career after getting his second DWI in a little over a year last month.

Both arrests occurred in Chesterfield, and the police report from that first DUI in August 2010 paints a very unflattering picture of the Fox Sports broadcaster. According to the police report (viewable here), McLaughlin was heading east on Highway 40 when he was pulled over in his white Chevy Yukon around 10:45 p.m. on August 16, 2010.

The arresting officer, Daniel Dunn, noted in his report that McLaughlin's vehicle ranged in speed from 40 to 60 mph and weaved in and out of its lane on the highway. And though the rear windshield wiper was on, it was not raining.

When the officer asked for McLaughlin's license and proof of insurance, the broadcaster reportedly extended his hand and introduced himself by name. Dunn declined to shake his hand. He asked if McLaughlin had been drinking. "Not much," he replied.

After McLaughlin exited the vehicle, Officer Dunn noted that the suspect's crotch was saturated in the front and back. When asked about his wet shorts, McLaughlin said it was sweat. Dunn noted in his report: "he did not appear to be sweating anywhere else." (Ewww!)

From there the arrest grew all the more pathetic with McLaughlin allegedly telling Dunn, and another responding officer, that he had always been a big supporter of Backstoppers and the police. He allegedly offered to pay Dunn to let him go, reportedly saying: "I don't know what your name is but I'll do whatever you want. Here's my money."

Dunn reported that McLaughlin failed two field sobriety tests, "almost falling off the shoulder and into the grass" during one of the examinations. McLaughlin allegedly kept telling the officers that he lived just a block and a half away from where he was pulled over just west of 141 on Highway 40. In one of the times McLaughlin confused "block" with "month," saying he lived a "month and a half away," according to the report. 

Dunn eventually handcuffed McLaughlin and took him to the station. Once there, Dunn says that McLaughlin turned from whiny to antagonistic. Didn't the police know who he was? Didn't they know that they would ruin his career?

McLaughlin declined to take a breathalyzer exam and called his attorney, Kevin McLaughlin (his brother?). Police then confiscated his driver's license and placed him in a holding cell with his bond set at $250.

Last November McLaughlin pleaded guilty to driving under the influence prior to being pulled over by Dunn.

H/T Former Town & Country alderman John Hoffmann who got the police report from Chesterfield and posted it online. Hoffmann has his own take on the arrest in his Town & Country newsletter. Among those insights: McLaughlin lives miles away from where he was pulled over and not just down the street as he told police.
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26 comments
wiseguy
wiseguy

Mike Shannon has not only broadcasted drunk for decades, he played drunk in the 60's, give Dan a chance, it takes years to develop a immunity to alcohol like Mike has....

wiseguy
wiseguy

This is why I live in Chesterfield, our cops don't like anyone, they gave Brett Hull a ticket when he was a God in this town, and a certain relief pitcher who works for ESPN a DWI when he was pitching here.

Chas
Chas

I heard a story where Ozzy Osbourse once pissed his pants in an elevator.  Welcome to the club, Danny Boy!

Dr. Discretion
Dr. Discretion

You try inhaling Hrabosky's goulash farts all season. 

Jensen_Morgan
Jensen_Morgan

John Hoffman is a dirt bag and needs to mind his own business.

Nymetsfan
Nymetsfan

2 DWI's in less than a year??? Thats a little exessive, even for an organization built around drinking beer. At least Mike Shannon gets someone to drive him.

MandoMadMan
MandoMadMan

Pissing your pants is a really bad sign. Time to go to rehab for a long time. Everyone I ever met that has done that was a total trash-bag alcoholic.

drhowarddrfine
drhowarddrfine

Has the RFT always been about tabloid journalism? I just started re-reading RFT recently and it looks like they like to pile on. This childishness smells.

GDM
GDM

it's not a Chevy Yukon, it's a GMC Yukon

Mike
Mike

Let's not forget that Tony LaRussa did the same thing: arrested for DWI. I agree with Kitty. Dan should not lose his job.....he needs to be rehabbed. Leonard Little killed an innocent mother in front of the former Adams Mark Hotel several years ago. He got probation. Let's excercise a bit of compassion here, folks.

wiseguy
wiseguy

L. Little should have gone to prison, the fact that he got probation is the problem with our society..My best friends brother had 7 DWI's, ran from the police, drove for more than a decade on a suspended license, and was arrested twice for public intoxication before they finally gave him jail time which was suspended if he completed a 3 month program...he did the program, bought a bar 2 miles from his house in his sons name, his wife drives him back and forth, those programs really work great.

KITTY
KITTY like.author.displayName 1 Like

Yes, the guy has a drinking problem and should be punished for driving while intoxicated. However, he should not lose his job over this, nor should he be prevented from getting another job as a result. If everyone who has been charged with a DWI was fired, the unemployment rate would be astronomical. He needs help and treatment, not further punishment.

Guest
Guest

Should depend on the job you have or are going into, but at-will is at-will. Otherwise I'm sure there's some people out there with 2 DWI's under their belt that would love to drive your kid's schoolbus.

And what a glorious day, KITTY thinks someone actually needs help and treatment instead of tough love! Rubbin' off on ya, we'll make you a liberal/union thug/Jewish supremacy spreadin' race traitor/ex-Kinder cum dumpster yet.

KITTY
KITTY

In your dreams!

monkeypox
monkeypox like.author.displayName 1 Like

Simple Party Math: Taxi = Cheaper than a DWI. Leaving your car overnight in a lot where it may be towed = Cheaper than a DWIScooter Guy = Cheaper than a DWIKilling someone while driving under the influence = Way more expensive than a DWI alone

He's lucky all he's found is a couple of DWIs and some public humiliation. When will people learn to leave their car behind?

Mike N.
Mike N.

I still say he's going to be doing some time, if only a week or two of "shock time".  I know people will say, "oh he'll hire high-priced lawyers and get to skate again" but there are two points to consider:  1) it's not that he got a 2nd DWI, it's that he got it while on probation for DWI; that's a really big deal.  2) The state and county are cracking down on drunk drivers (thanks in part to an expose in the Post-Dispatch) and so they'll be reluctant to let someone with name recognition to skate; if he was just some rich punk kid he'd be a lot better off. 

Stephanie
Stephanie

I highly doubt he'll be doing time. And since he got two within a month, the odds of him having going to court and been given a sentencing before getting the second are VERY slim. Therefore he wouldn't have broken any probation. Speaking from experience here.

Mike N.
Mike N.

No, he had already been to court on the first one (in 2010) and got a suspended sentence and two years probation.  So this one he got a few weeks ago is definately a probation violation.

UhvbnJonathaned
UhvbnJonathaned

I'm reminded of Mac from Super Trooper, "..do we look like the dumbest guys in the world to you?"  Haha "Maclaughlin" must've seen that movie!!

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