Actor Gary Collins Cleared Of Drunk Driving Charge

Former syndicated television talk show host Gary Collins was found innocent Wednesday of drunken driving and reckless driving.

Simpson County Justice Court Judge Eugene Knight found Collins innocent after a 90-minute hearing in Mendenhall.

Sheriff J.C. Dillon said Collins was arrested March 24 after a deputy stopped his vehicle on U.S. 49 north of Mendenhall.

Collins, who gave his address as Beverly Hills, Calif., and his age as 64, did not testify Wednesday. He had no comment after leaving the courtroom.

The actor, who has appeared in both films and television, is married to a former Miss America, Mary Ann Mobley of Brandon.

Dillon said officers were alerted that a motorist was driving erratically on the busy north-south highway that connects Jackson with the Gulf Coast. Collins' attorney, William B. Kirksey of Jackson, told Knight that Collins had been up all night driving from Gulf Shores, Ala., into Mendenhall, about a four-hour drive.

Deputies said Collins admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the day. He refused to take a breath test and deputies testified they did not administer a field sobriety test.

Deputies testified the Collins' eyes were red and there was an odor of alcohol.