Cardinals announcer Dan McLaughlin charged with felony Persistent DWI

Cardinals announcer Dan McLaughlin charged with felony Persistent DWI
Cardinals announcer Dan McLaughlin charged with felony Persistent DWI
Published: Dec. 5, 2022 at 9:17 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2022 at 10:01 AM CST
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - Cardinals announcer Dan McLaughlin has been charged with Persistent Driving While Intoxicated, which is a class E felony.

According to police, On Dec. 4 McLaughlin was arrested on a DWI charge.

Calls about an impaired driver came into Creve Coeur Police Department on Dec. 4. Police said while checking the area an officer found a white sedan driving northbound on I-270 failing to stay in a single lane.

After field sobriety tests and the officer’s personal observations, McLaughlin was arrested for a DWI.

On Dec. 5, an in-custody warrant was made within the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and they charged McLaughlin as a Persistent Offender of Driving While Intoxicated.

According to documents from the Circuit Court of St. Louis County, this is McLaughlin’s third DWI arrest.

He was found guilty of driving while intoxicated in November 2010 and again in November 2011.

Bally Sports Midwest and the Cardinals have stated that they are working on gathering information before commenting further on the situation.

McLaughlin was transferred to the St. Louis County Justice Center and was held on a $25,000 cash-only bond. As of Tuesday morning, he was out of jail.

McLaughlin’s attorney, Jim Towey, argued in a court filing that the Creve Coeur officer who pulled McLaughlin over did not have reasonable grounds to believe he was driving in an intoxicated condition.

The filing also says McLaughlin “was in such a physical state that he could not understand any warning given that his license would be revoked if he refused to take a test and could not form the requisite intent to refuse to submit to a chemical test. The revocation of his license to drive in Missouri on the basis of the alleged refusal to take the test is therefore void, illegal and the revocation violated [McLaughlin’s] right to due process under law.”

News 4 learned that McLaughlin has been taken off three upcoming SLU basketball broadcasts in December. No decisions have been made yet about next year’s games. The Cardinals have not provided additional word regarding his job with the team and Bally Sports Midwest.