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Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

Veteran ABC newsman Sam Donaldson is facing a court date stemming from a charge of driving under the influence.

Police Chief Jeff Horvath tellsDelaware 105.9 that an officer pulled Donaldson over on Savannah Road in Lewes, Del., on the evening of Dec. 1 because he had driven onto the shoulder.

Donaldson, 78, failed a field sobriety test, was charged and released.

Horvath adds that Donaldson was cooperative throughout the incident.

TMZ says Donaldson, a political contributor at ABC, was taken to a nearby police station where he was booked and released.

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