Celebrity Actors and Actresses Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Charges

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The past year has seen many unlawful incidents involving celebrities, including a slew of drunken driving arrests around the world. We’ve seen high profile arrests as such stars as Amanda Bynes, David Cassidy and teen pop star Justin Bieber. Following are stories about three more: Actor Chris Pine,

Chris Pine DUI Arrest

Actor Chris PineRecently, actor Chris Pine joined the club of A-list celebrities who got caught breaking the rules. On March 1, 2014, the Star Trek lead actor Chris Pine was pulled over by local authorities in New Zealand for drunken driving. Pine was in New Zealand shooting for his upcoming sci-fi movie Z for Zachariah.

The 33-year-old actor was caught by the local police in the early hours of the day in a New Zealand town called Methven, where he had just wrapped up a part with the cast members of the film. The police department of Canterbury later confirmed that an American was stopped for a routine inspection but refused to reveal his identity owing to the privacy laws in New Zealand. It was later confirmed to be Pine. According to the report, he did not pass the sobriety test administered by the police and he was later charged with a DUI and with excessive blood alcohol levels. Chris was due in court in Ashburton District on March 17.

Film Wrap-up Celebration Party

A representative from The New Zealand Herald contacted the manager of the Blue Pub in which the cast party of Z for Zachariah was organized. According to the paper, on February 28th, about seventy people, including the cast, crew and volunteers rented the entire bar to celebrate the filming conclusion. The bar manager, Casey Crawford told the newspaper that Chris Pine came to the venue with Iris Bjork Johannesdottir, his girlfriend, and spent majority of the evening in her company.

It is believed that Iris flew in to New Zealand on the same day. Crawford also added that there were several designated drivers assigned to the party and was surprised to know that Chris had taken to the wheel himself. The manager also reported that all cast and crew members were well-behaved throughout the party and caused no commotions. Crawford added that the party was not ‘wild’ and was surprised to hear about the DUI charge. He also insisted that nobody at the party was severely intoxicated.

Chris Pine is universally known for his charming demeanor and has generally not been seen in a negative light. However, his recent DUI charge is adding to an already long list of celebrities who don’t seem to take traffic rules or laws as seriously as they should. In recent years, several celebrities have been caught driving under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, prescription medication, and various drugs.


Actor David Cassidy Arrested for DUI

In January 2014, former teenage heartthrob and 70’s teen idol David Cassidy was arrested in Los Angeles for driving under the influence (DUI).

Actor David CassidyCassidy was stopped by the L.A. police department near the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) after making an illegal right turn. The singer was given an breathalyzer test by the cops and it registered a blood alcohol level of 0.19, which is more than twice the legal limit in California.

Cassidy was in the city for a legal deposition related to a lawsuit he filed against Sony Pictures. The singer alleged that Sony Pictures owned merchandise that used Cassidy’s image.

After a stressful deposition, he reportedly “fell off the wagon” and started drinking. Following a stressful questioning, Cassidy  fell off the sobriety wagon and relapsed. Jo Ann Geffen, the actor’s manager stated that after their depositions, he had cracked under pressure and suffered a brief relapse, eventually leading to the arrest in January.

Previously, the The 63-year old actor’s manager reported to CNN that he recently completed another stint in rehab and was performing well.

Since this was Cassidy’s third DUI arrest in a four-year period, he is facing possible jail time.

Once the case went before a judge, the actor and signer entered a no-contest plea and was ordered to complete a 90 day rehab stay which began on March 24, 2014. In addition, Cassidy was sentenced to sixty months (five years) of probation and ordered to complete an alcohol recovery program that lasts a total of nine months. At the time of sentencing, Cassidy was already enrolled in an in-patient rehab center, and was awarded a credit of 102 toward his sentence. In addition, the actor was fined heavily, due to the repeat nature of the offense.

Previous DUIs and other charges

In August 2013, the former Partridge Family star was charged with a felony of driving under influence in upstate New York. The former teen star also faced further legal trouble when a charge was reduced to misdemeanor. Eventually, a plea deal was reportedly being settled.

In early 2011, David Cassidy pleaded no contest for a DUI arrest in his home state of Florida. The no contest plea came in after his November 2010 arrest where he reported a 0.14 on the blood alcohol test. Following the previous arrest, Cassidy was stripped of his driving privileges and was suspended for 6 months. He was also put on probation for a year.

Cassidy’s attorney Steven Graff Levine reported after the incident that his client had already spent over 100 days in rehab voluntarily after which, he was awarded a credit for the same period. Cassidy will now work with a sober coach for a few weeks and will transition to an outpatient alcoholism program from April 2014. Cassidy’s recent arrests under DUIs is not the first of its kind with many former child stars in Hollywood facing legal trouble with arrests and rehabilitation for drugs and alcohol on a regular basis.


Will Patton Drunk Driving

Recently, Hollywood actor Will Patton was in the news, after being charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in the state of South Carolina. The 60 year-old actor was stopped by the police on the Isle of Palms and was tested for drinking and driving. The legal limit for blood to alcohol content allowed for driving in the state of South Carolina is 0.08, and Patton’s blood alcohol content showed just less than 0.10, according to court records.

Will PattonAccording to a report recording the incident, Patton was apparently driving a pickup truck, unable to keep it steady. He was found veering the heavy vehicle over the center line of the main road. The road runs through the beach community, which is full of residents, not to mention young children and old citizens, in the northeast part of Charleston.

The police officer who stopped and questioned Patton had asked him whether he had, in fact, been drinking, and how much he had had to drink, to which Patton sheepishly recalled, “Not too much, a couple bottles … er … couple of glasses of wine,” according to police reports filed. The officer wasted no time in arresting Patton soon after the bashful reply.

According to the law of the state, any driver found drinking under the influence of alcohol is supposed to undergo a sobriety test, before he or she can be placed under arrest. Patton was too made to undergo a sobriety test by the arresting police officer, which he miserably failed. According to police reports, Patton even went as far as boldly refusing to allow the police officer to take a Datamaster blood alcohol test on him.

Patton was finally released the next day on a personal recognizance bond of $997.

Will Patton is a well-known Hollywood actor who can be currently seen on the science fiction series Falling Skies, in which he plays Colonel Dan Weaver. He is also famous for his work in Hollywood movies such as the Titans and Armageddon.

Why is there an increased number of DUI cases filed?

Alcohol may initially put you in “high” spirits because it is known to stimulate the areas of the brain that are linked to relaxation, confidence, and being social. On the down side, it reduces our ability to plan and make informed decisions. But since alcohol is a depressant it is known to delay planning and reaction time, limit powers of coordination and stunt normal behavior.

So in spite of people knowing that they’ve already had one too many drinks at the first party, why do they still head on to the next party and the next guzzling down one drink after another. Here are a few reasons why, according to research and studies:

  • They don’t believe they’re as drunk as they actually are.
  • Alcohol gives them fake confidence.
  • They look for a release from work/personal problems.
  • The ability to rationalize is obstructed, causing them to make rash decisions.
  • They, especially the celebs, are too proud or embarrassed to call someone for help.

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