Wim Duisenberg, the former president of the European Central Bank, is due to appear in court on a drink driving charge.
"Police stopped Mr Duisenberg and took him downtown for a breathalyser test. He was two times over the legal drinking limit," a spokesman for the Amsterdam police said.
Mr Duisenberg had a chauffeur-driven car until he made way for Jean-Claude Trichet to become head of the ECB on November 1.
He is to appear in court on May 12. A spokesman for the p