Richie Sambora ducks child endangerment charges

Richie Sambora was formally charged today with “two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit.” Prosecutors, however, did not charge Richie with child endangerment despite a recommendation from the arresting officers. He had two minors in the car and one one was his 10-year-old daughter. The AP reports:

The 48-year-old Sambora was pulled over by police in Laguna Beach on March 25 after his vehicle was allegedly swerving and straddling two lanes. The district attorney’s office says his blood-alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit in California.

Okay, some people (i.e. Bon Jovi fans) complained that Richie just had a few drinks at dinner and drove home with his kids. It happens all the time. But, looky here, the dude blew twice the legal limit! So basically Richie downed a fifth of Jim Beam, and I imagine the following took place: “Yum yum. Shit, we should get some nachos. I’ll drive! No, whoa, wait. Wait a minute. Hold on. We’re forgetting something. Aw, right, the kids! Phew, man, I almost left them here. Talk about shitty parenting. Nice save, Richie.” *HORF* “Ha! I just puked in my boots. Family time rocks. Alright, everyone buckled in?”

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