WMAQ-Ch. 5 sportscaster Mike Adamle is facing DUI charges after being arrested in Evanston early Monday morning.
Adamle, 61, of Evanston, was arrested at Main and Judson streets about 1 a.m., Evanston police said.
The former running back for the Chicago Bears and Northwestern University was driving his four-door, 2002 BMW when he was pulled over for failing to observe a flashing red stoplight at Main and Sheridan Road, Evanston police Cmdr. Jay Parrott said.
The arresting officer suspected that Adamle had been drinking and put him through a field sobriety test, which he failed, Parrott said.
Adamle was then taken back to the Evanston police station, where he exhibited some “erratic behavior.” He was subsequently taken to Evanston Hospital for a drug screen, Parrot said.
Adamle is scheduled to appear in Cook County Circuit Court in Skokie on Feb. 14.
He was charged with disobeying a traffic control device, driving while under the influence and a minor vehicle code violation — failure to notify the Secretary State’s office of an address change, Parrott said.
Adamle was a freelance staffer at WMAQ. He appeared on weekend newscasts and the station’s “Sports Sunday” show.
Station spokeswoman Toni Falvo had no immediate comment about the DUI charge or Adamle’s status at the station. He was scheduled to appear next on WMAQ newscasts Friday.
According to his WMAQ biography, Adamle graduated from Northwestern in 1971 after earning team captain, All-America and Big Ten MVP honors his senior season. He still holds four Northwestern rushing records.
He was a fourth-round draft choice of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1971, and also played for the New York Jets before joining the Bears from 1975 to 1977.
Since retiring from football he’s held a variety of sportscasting jobs, including stints with NBC Sports, ABC Sports, ESPN, ESPN2 and WLS-Ch. 7. He hosted the “American Gladiators” TV show from 1989 to 1994.
Contributing: Lewis Lazare