updated 12/19/2012 AT 7:00 PM ET
•originally published 12/20/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
Sam Donaldson may be known for reporting information, but on Dec. 1 he made some news of his own.
The ABC News veteran, 78, was arrested around 8 p.m. on Dec. 1 for driving under the influence in Lewes, Del., Police Chief Jeffrey Horvath confirmed in a statement to PEOPLE.
Cooperating with authorities by taking an Intoxilyzer test, the journalist was then released to an adult pending an appearance in court.
Donaldson was initially pulled over for a traffic violation, but after further investigation, it was apparent he had been drinking.
Reporting by MARY GREEN