Conrad charged with felony DUI

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By AMY LINDBLOM

Actor Robert Conrad's blood alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit when he crashed his 1995 Jaguar head on into a car driven by a Forest Meadows man last month, investigators said.

On May 6, Conrad will be arraigned on two criminal charges in connection with the accident felony drunken driving causing injuries and driving with a blood alcohol level greater than .08 percent.

If convicted, Conrad would face a minimum of 90 days in the county jail and a maximum of three years in state prison, said Calaveras County District Attorney Jeffrey Tuttle. Tuttle said test results show Conrad had a blood alcohol content of .22 percent.

California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Brown, who investigated the crash, said in his report that Conrad, 73, allowed his car to drift over the center line of Highway 4 about a quarter mile past Arnold.

Conrad's car hit another driven by 26-year-old Kevin Burnett.

Brown said in his report that he could smell alcohol on Conrad's breath.

Both Conrad and Burnett were injured and air-lifted to separate Modesto hospitals. Burnett was admitted to Memorial Medical Center with multiple leg fractures.

The CHP report that Conrad was flown to Doctors Medical Center. However, officials there would not confirm or deny that he was admitted, and Conrad's injuries have not been disclosed.

Conrad was arrested at the hospital after a sample of his blood was taken and tested, but he was never booked.

Conrad's agent, Donna Gaba of David Shapira and Associates of Encino said Friday that Conrad has been released from a hospital but did not know where he was.

"We hope he is on his way to a quick recovery," Gaba said.

Conrad lists his address as Bear Valley, but also owns a second home in the Murphys area. Calls to his home were not returned.

Tuttle said that as far as he knows, Conrad has no previous drunken driving charges or convictions.

"A lot of people are interested in this case, like the media from Hollywood," Tuttle said. "But we will treat Conrad like anyone else charged with the same crime. We look at the facts, the blood alcohol content and just do our job. But we do have a pretty good case, I think."

Conrad has appeared in dozens of TV shows and movies, most prominently as James T. West in the 1960s series ''The Wild Wild West,'' and fighter pilot squad commander Pappy Boyington in the 1970s series ''Baa Baa Black Sheep.'' He is also known for his role as spokesman for Eveready batteries.

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