Star Trek Actor Chris Pine Arrested for DUI in New Zealand
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. Recently, 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.
Other Celebrity Drunk Driving Charges
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. Some of the recent DUI charges include the likes of Justin Bieber, Bree Walker, Chris Kattan, Amanda Bynes, Samantha Ronson, Matthew Fox, Lindsay Lohan, Flo Rida, Reese Witherspoon, Todd Harrell, and Shia LeBeouf.
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