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Tim Allen's mother saddened by arrest

BIRMINGHAM, Mich., May 29 -- The arrest of comedian Tim Allen on a drunken driving charge has saddened his mother, who lost her husband to a drunk driver 33 years ago. Allen's father was killed in 1964 when the family car was struck by drunk driver in Colorado.

Some television producers say they are disappointed because the suburban Detroit police officer who stopped Allen last weekend did not videotape the stumbling star failing roadside sobriety checks. Bloomfield Township Police Capt. James Anas told The Oakland Press today 'everybody was hot for a chance to have a tape of this drunk driving arrest.' He said he's 'relieved' the patrol car wasn't equipped with a camera. The star of films and TV's 'Home Improvement' was pulled over for speeding Saturday night after a day of golfing and drinks at a country club. He was formally charged with driving under the influence Wednesday. His next court appearance is June 25. Allen has a home in Beverly Hills, Mich., and his 78-year-old mother, Martha Bones, lives in nearby Birmingham. Bones told The Detroit Free Press her son's arrest was 'a crying shame because he's done so many good things' and 'a real blow to a perfectly good (TV) show for youngsters.' Bones said her son 'is an icon of a good person' and 'knows he made a mistake.' Allen faces up to 90 days in jail and loss of his car if convicted. The Bloomfield Township attorney said the charge may be reduced to impaired driving, since Allen has no prior convictions. ---

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