Frank Swertlow
July 04, 2007 05:55 PM

Former Vice President Al Gore said on Thursday that that his son, Al Gore III, is getting treatment a day after being arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana and prescription drugs in California.

“We love him very much,” the politician, who is promoting this weekend’s Live Earth concerts, said on the Today show. “We are going to leave it as a private matter.”

Gore added, “We are glad he is safe and that he is getting treatment.”

Gore III was pulled over in a blue Toyota Prius around 2:15 a.m. for allegedly driving at speeds in excess of 100 mph about 30 miles south of L.A.

After cops detected the smell of marijuana, they searched the car and found marijuana and prescription drugs including Xanax, Valium, Vicodin and Adderall. No prescriptions for the medications were present, police said.

Gore, 24, was arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail’s Intake and Release Center in Santa Ana, where a $20,000 bond was set. He was released just before 2 p.m.

According to Damon Micalizzi, director of public and community relations for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Gore, who lives in Los Angeles, “had a very dangerous cocktail of drugs with him.” He was alone in the Prius when he was arrested.

Gore faces four drug charges, including possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, the Los Angeles Times reports.

He was arrested in 2003 for marijuana possession and in 2002 for suspicion of driving under the influence, according Reuters. After the 2003 arrest, the youngest of Al and Tipper Gore’s four children completed substance abuses classes before settling the charges.

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