Celebrity DUI Charges

Amanda Bynes

Celebrity - Amanda Bynes charged with a DUI

Amanda Bynes just recently got charged for a DUI charge on April 6th, 2012 for driving under the influence and sideswiping a cop car. Amanda Bynes was arrested for the DUI early Friday morning in West Hollywood. The once Nickelodeon actress has lost her once charming image and is now going down a slippy path of destruction.

Bynes was arrested at 3:30 AM and was released from jail at 10:30 AM PT that day. Although she has been out of the spotlight recently with her acting career she has become more familiar with the police as just last month she was pulled over for driving while on her cellphone.

Bynes' bail was a reportedly set at $5,000.

Mel Gibson

Celebrity - Mel Gibson charged with a DUI

Mel Gibson, actor, was arrested on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence On July 28th, 2006 after being stopped for speeding (84 mph in a 45 mph zone) in his Lexus on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California. A Breathalyzer test measured Gibson's blood alcohol level as "0.12%" (the state's legal limit is 0.08%), and next to him was an open bottle of 'Cazadores' tequila. Gibson was described by the arresting officer James Mee as cooperative until arrested, at which point he became belligerent and experienced mood swings. While handcuffed in the car, Gibson made anti-Semitic who is Jewish. Gibson also allegedly asked a female sergeant at the station "What are you looking at, sugar tits?" The next day Gibson confessed to driving under the influence and to "despicable" behaviour during his arrest.

TMZ.com posted the story of Gibson's arrest for the DUI at 7 pm on the night of the arrest quoting an anonymous law enforcement source. Later that night they posted photocopies of an unofficial, handwritten, arrest report. They claimed that the documents were part of the original report written by Mee before he was allegedly instructed by his superiors to omit the inflammatory details about Gibson's alleged anti-Semitic comments and abusive behaviour. The details in the alleged original report caused a public and media frenzy.

As a result of the circumstances surrounding Gibson's arrest lawmakers proposed legislation ("Mel's Law") that would criminalize the sale of privileged information pertaining to the arrests of high-profile suspects. It was argued that Mel Gibson's due process rights were violated by the unauthorized leak of prejudicial allegations before he had received due process. Bill AB920 was approved unanimously by both the California state assembly in May 2007 and the state senate in September 2007, and the bill was signed into law by the governor in October 2007.

Chris Leben

Celebrity - Chris Leben charged with a DUI

Chris Leben, Ultimate Fight Championship middleweight, Chris Leben surrendered himself to authorities in Clackamas County in April 2008 for probation violations stemming from a 2005 Oregon DUI case. He was put in jail and temporarily held without bond for violating his probation. Leben was then sentenced to 35 days in jail, causing his fight scheduled for UFC 85 against Michael Bisping to be cancelled. They instead fought at UFC 89 where Leben lost to Bisping via unanimous decision. Leben rose to fame in the first season of the reality show 'The Ultimate Fighter'. He started his UFC career with six wins before losing to the current fight champ. He moved to Hawaii in 2007 to teach and train at Icon Fitness. His probation terms were violated after Leben failed to complete the terms of his probation before moving.

Craig Robinson

Celebrity - Craig Robinson charged with a DUI & the possession of drugs

Craig Robinson, actor on the NBC show 'The Office', was caught Driving Under the Influence with drugs in vehicle in June 2008. He was charged with two felonies and a misdemeanour DUI after a traffic incident in Culver City, California where police officers determined Robinson was under the influence of amphetamines, cocaine and marijuana. Ecstasy and methamphetamines were also found in his vehicle.

Doug Wilson

Celebrity - Doug Wilson charged with a DUI

Doug Wilson, designer in the home improvement show 'Trading Spaces', was arrested in Illinois for driving under the influence on December 31, 2008, at around 1am. Wilson was charged with aggravated DUI, driving on a suspended license, failing to yield the right-of-way to an emergency vehicle and unlawful transportation of alcohol. The emergency vehicle he failed to yield to was a police cruiser with its lights and siren blaring. He was booked and released on $1,000 bond an hour after his arrest.

Kiefer Sutherland

Celebrity - Kiefer Sutherland charged with a DUI

Kiefer Sutherland, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning Canadian actor, was arrested early September 25, 2007 on misdemeanour Driving Under the Influence charges. These were his second charges since another incident in 2004. After failing a field sobriety test Kiefer tested over the state's legal blood alcohol limit and was later released on $25,000 bail. Sutherland pled no contest to the charges and was sentenced to 48 days in jail. He arranged to spend 18 days in jail during 24's winter break in late December 2007 and early January 2008 and to then return to jail after production wrapped up. Instead the Hollywood writers' strike in the late fall of 2007 interrupted production, allowing him to serve his sentence in 48 consecutive days. He was quoted in People magazine that he was incarcerated for New Year's Eve, his birthday and Christmas and only had one visitor.

Lane Garrison

Celebrity - Lane Garrison charged with a DUI

Lane Garrison, former 'Prison Break' actor, was driving drunk in LA when he had an accident with fatality. Garrison was driving at the time of a one vehicle accident on December 2nd, 2006 that killed his passenger, Vahagn Setian (a 17 year old Beverly Hills High School student) and injured two 15 year old girls. According to police he was allegedly at a party given and attended by the high school students and was going out to buy more alcohol when his Land Rover jumped a curb at approximately 50 miles per hour and hit a tree. Garrison initially stated that he was just giving the minors a ride home from the high school party he was attending, but other people at the party claim he left because they ran out of alcohol. Police charges indicated that his blood alcohol level was above .15 percent (nearly twice the legal limit for intoxication) and authorities also claimed he had cocaine in his system at the time of the crash.

He was charged with felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony driving under the influence causing injury to multiple victims, felony driving with a blood-alcohol level above the .08 percent legal limit causing injury, and a misdemeanour count of furnishing alcohol to a minor. Garrison pleaded guilty to the vehicular manslaughter, drunken driving, and providing alcohol to a minor, and was sentenced to 40 months in jail on October 31, 2007. According to California's good behaviour policy he can be released sometime around February 2009. The parents of Setian have filed a suit against Garrison for unspecified amounts claiming wrongful death and negligence. Crash survivor Michelle Ohana also has filed a suit against Garrison for $25,000 due to wage loss and care costs. Both suits are still pending.

Rip Torn

Celebrity - Rip Torn charged with a DUI

Rip Torn, actor (in such movies as Dodgeball: a True Underdog Story and Men in Black), was charged with a DUI in Salisbury, Connecticut on January 6th, 2009. Police reported that Torn was driving on Route 44 in the breakdown lane in a Subaru with a Christmas tree on the roof. He then was pulled over for being driving in the breakdown lane and failed part of a field sobriety test. Torn then refused to submit to a breath test and was booked on suspicion of drunk driving. Torn pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane.

Although this is Torn's first Connecticut DUI offense, it is his third DUI arrest in five years. In April 2007, Torn was fined and had his license suspended for driving while intoxicated in New York. He was acquitted in a second New York DUI case in 2004 after the prosecution failed to prove he had been drinking prior to a minor accident with a taxi cab. As it is his first Connecticut DUI offense, Torn may be able to qualify for Connecticut's alcohol education program which would lead to the dropping of the charges if he successfully completes terms of probation.

Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, playwright and actor was arrested for drunk driving in central Illinois on January 3rd, 2009. He was pulled over for speeding and allegedly driving drunk on North Main Street in Normal, Illinois. According to tests done at the time, Shepard's blood-alcohol level was reportedly twice the legal limit. Local newspapers reported he had been at the bar Fat Jack's in downtown Bloomington before the arrest. Shepard posted bond and was released the next day.

Scott Weiland

Celebrity - Scott Weiland charged with a DUI

Scott Weiland, the front man for the Stone Temple Pilots, was charged with drunk driving in California after an accident on a L.A. freeway in November 2007. In April 2008 he was sentenced to jail time as well as four years of probation, a two thousand dollar fine and ordered to complete an alcohol rehabilitation program. At the time of his November arrest he had just completed a three year probation term for a different drunk driving offense. As it was his second DUI conviction in four years he could have been sentenced to up to one year in jail, but was only sentenced to eight days. Weiland arrived at a Van Nuys jail at 8:55am on the morning of May 12th, 2008 to begin his eight day sentence for driving under the influence in Los Angeles. He was officially booked shortly after noon and then checked into a prison cell at 6:41 pm. Fourteen minutes later he was released.

Charles Wade Barkley

Celebrity - Charles Wade Barkley charged with a DUI

Charles Wade Barkley, retired professional basketball player (played in the NBA and two Olympic Games), commentator and would-be politician, was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona on suspicion of drunk driving on New Year's Eve, December 31st 2008. Barkley was pulled over by police after he a ran a stop sign. He failed the field sobriety tests performed by the officers at the scene but refused to take a Breathalyzer test and was given a blood test at the police station. Barkley's vehicle was impounded and he was arrested for Driving Under the Influence after his blood test results showed that his Blood Alcohol Level was almost twice the legal limit. In defence of his running the stop sign, Barkley told police he was rushing to pick up a girl that was going to give him oral sex. She had apparently given him a 'blow job' one week earlier," which Barkley described as "the best one he had ever had in his life." After his DUI arrest, T-Mobile ads that were to be released featuring Barkley were pulled, and he had to take a leave from his commentating duties on TNT with an undetermined return date.

Nick Hogan

Celebrity - Nick Hogan charged with a DUI

Nick Hogan, (real name is Nicholas Allan Bollea), reality TV actor best known as being the son of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan, was involved in a serious, single-car accident on August 26th 2007 in Clearwater, Florida. He crashed his father's Toyota Supra while going to have dinner with three members of his drifting team. The car spun out of control and crashed into the median, destroying the car. Witnesses claimed the Supra was racing a Viper through traffic at high speeds. Hogan was charged with reckless driving involving serious bodily injury, use of a motor vehicle in commission of a felony, a person under the age of 21 operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level of 0.02 or higher (Hogan's Blood Alcohol Level was .055 over two hours after the accident). One member of his pit crew, twenty two year old Marine -John Graziano, was not wearing a seat belt and sustained serious brain damage resulting in his needing lifetime medical care.

Hogan entered a no contest plea to the charges in May 2008 and was sentenced to eight months in a Pinellas County Jail, five years of probation, 500 community service hours, and his driver's license was suspended for 3 years.

Nicole Richie

Celebrity - Nicole Richie charged with a DUI

Nicole Richie, reality TV actress on The Simple Life and adopted daughter of Lionel Richie, was arrested for Driving Under the Influence on December 11th 2006 after she failed a field sobriety test. Her car was pulled over after other motorists reported seeing a black Mercedes Benz enter the 134 Freeway using an exit ramp and continuing to drive the wrong way on the Freeway. After failing the sobriety tests she admitted to be under the influence of marijuana and Vicodin. In July 2007 Richie was sentenced to four days in jail, but served only 82 minutes after the sheriff's department decided the jail was too crowed to keep her. Her attorney's later released a statement saying Richie was "pleasantly surprised" by her short stay in jail.

Paris Hilton

Celebrity - Paris Hilton charged with a DUI

Paris Hilton, celebutante and reality TV actress on The Simple Life, was pulled over for erratic driving and then arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence on September 8th 2006 as her Blood Alcohol Level was .08. Hilton received a sentence of three years probation, was required to attend an alcohol abuse awareness program, pay fines, and had her driver's license suspended. On January 15th 2007, Hilton was pulled over for driving with a suspended license and signed a document acknowledging that she knew she was not allowed to drive. Then again in February 2007 she was caught speeding with a suspended license and driving with her headlights off after dark. These new charges along with her failure to sign up for an alcohol abuse program were deemed a violation of her parole and she was sentenced to 45 days in jail. Hilton was released from jail after serving only a few days of her 45 day sentence, due to medical issues, which led to mass public outcry and media frenzy. A judge ordered her back to jail and she ended up serving 23 days in prison.

Shia LaBeouf

Celebrity - Shia LaBeouf charged with a DUI

Shia LaBeouf, actor (in such movies as Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Eagle Eye, and Transformers) has had his driver's license suspended in late 2008, stemming from an accident and a case of suspected drunk driving in Los Angeles, California, on July 27th 2008. While he was initially arrested for suspicion of Driving Under the Influence, the Sheriff's Department later said there was insufficient evidence to press charges. "After reviewing the case, we've declined to file any charges due to insufficient evidence," said DA spokeswoman Jane Robison. LaBeouf and his Transformers 2 co-star Isabel Lucas were involved in an accident with another vehicle when the driver of the other vehicle ran a red light and struck LaBeouf's Ford pickup truck. LaBeouf had his hand crushed in the accident and has had two surgeries since. Lucas and the driver of the other vehicle were not injured. At the time of the accident, LaBeouf refused to submit to a breath test to check his Blood Alcohol Level, and as such, that was automatic grounds for his license to be suspended. The other driver, who caused the accident by running a red light, will face criminal charges.

Tracy Morgan

Celebrity - Tracy Morgan charged with a DUI

Tracy Morgan, actor (in such shows as Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock), was arrested for Driving Under the Influence in Hollywood, on December 2nd 2005. Morgan pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour drunk driving charge stemming from the incident. In Manhattan, On November 28th 2006, he was arrested and charged with a DUI for a second time.

In Miami, on May 10th 2007, a female DJ in Miami filed a misdemeanour battery complaint against Morgan; she claimed he had groped her in a radio studio. Witnesses stated that Morgan had smelled of alcohol, a potential violation of his probation for his last DUI charge. At the time of the incident, he was already scheduled to be fitted with a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) ankle bracelet on May 25 in Los Angeles. The SCRAM ankle bracelet tests the skin of the person wearing the bracelet for alcohol vapours every 30 minutes. Morgan was scheduled to wear his for 90 days. On September 19th 2007 Morgan was ordered to wear the monitoring bracelet for another 80 days when he admitted that he had violated court orders by drinking in early August. He admitted this while in court for a DUI progress report. If he violates court orders again, he may end up in the Los Angeles County Jail.

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