Dan McLaughlin, St. Louis Cardinals TV announcer, was arrested in a St. Louis suburb on Sunday and later charged with being a persistent offender of driving while intoxicated.

According to a police report, they received two calls of a suspicious vehicle believed to be driven by an impaired driver Sunday evening. An officer found and followed McLaughlin’s car on I-270 and pulled him over after he failed to maintain a single driving lane.

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On Monday, St Louis County prosecutors charged McLaughlin with persistent DWI, a Class E felony with a maximum of four years in prison, according to the Post-Dispatch report. 

Who is Dan McLaughlin?

Daniel McLaughlin is a professional sports broadcaster. Currently, he works for the St Louis Cardinals. He was born on March 18, 1974, in St Louis, Missouri. His father was a school teacher. 

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McLaughlin graduated from St John Vianney High School in suburban Kirkwood, Missouri. Later, he attended Lindenwood University in Saint Charles. While studying at Lindenwood, he performed a variety of broadcasting duties at university-owned KCLC. 

While in college, McLaughlin completed an internship at KMOX radio in St Louis, as host of a sports talk show in 1996. He was a frequent contributor to St Louis Blues telecasts on KPLR-TV and FSN Midwest. In 2000, he became the play-by-play broadcaster for FSN’s Cardinals games. He also did play-by-play for the Mizzou Tiger and Missouri Valley Conference basketball games. Occasionally, he did regional college football games for ESPN.

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McLaughlin owns a media company, Scoops with Danny Mac, where he interviews nationally-known sports figures for both a television show and podcast. Scoops with Danny Mac is known for candid one-on-one conversations between McLaughlin and the guest.

McLaughlin and his wife Libby are the parents of two sons and two daughters. Every year, McLaughlins host the annual “Dan McLaughlin Golf Tournament” to benefit special education. 

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In August 2010, he was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated. McLaughlin was involved in a one-vehicle crash near his house in Chesterfield, Missouri. He was again arrested on charges of drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident. 

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After the second arrest, Fox Sports Midwest suspended and removed McLaughlin from all remaining regular-season Cardinals broadcasts and post-game specials during the team playoff and World Series run. In addition, he lost his employment broadcasting Mizzou and Missouri Valley Conference games. He was again arrested on December 5, 2022, in Creve Coeur, Missouri for driving under the influence with a bond amount of $25,000.