Tara Fowler
December 20, 2012 AT 02:34 PM EST

Sam Donaldson has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The longtime ABC News reporter was stopped by officers in Lewes, Del. just before 8 p.m. on Dec. 1, Police Chief Jeffrey Horvath confirmed in a statement to People. Donaldson, 78, was initially pulled over for a traffic violation, but was ultimately cited for a DUI when it became apparent that he had been drinking after he failed a field sobriety test.

The journalist’s court appearance is currently pending.

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