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Actors Facing DUIs Get a Dose of Reality

Posted by Lynn Gorelick | May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Drunk driving arrests can affect anyone. Every day, lawyers, teachers, and even Hollywood actors get arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. In some cases, those actors have played roles that make it especially ironic when they are pulled over and taken to jail on suspicion of drunk driving.

Jensen Buchanan has played a recurring role of Judge Elise Moxley on the popular CBS soap opera, “The Young and the Restless.” The character of Judge Moxley presided over a vehicular homicide case; however, it was revealed that she was being blackmailed to give the driver probation instead of jail time. In real life, Buchanan was recently arrested on suspicion of DUI when she was involved in an injury accident near Santa Barbara.

Around 6 a.m., Buchanan was driving through Buellton when her Mercedes drifted across the median, colliding with a Ford C-max approaching from the opposite direction. Both drivers were taken to the hospital. The Ford driver is being treated for major injuries. Buchanan was treated, and later arrested for driving under the influence involving injury.

Another actor, from the Fast and Furious franchise, was recently arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Cole Kenneth Hauser, who played the role of Carter Varone in “2 Fast 2 Furious,” was spotted drifting in and out of traffic lanes on the 101 freeway in Los Angeles. Police officers pulled the car over, and had Hauser perform field sobriety tests. Officers felt they had sufficient evidence for an arrest, and booked him on suspicion of DUI. He was released on $15,000 bail.

Even actors of children's programming are at risk of being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. Rodger Bumpass, the voice of Squidward Tentacles on the animated series “Spongebob Squarepants,” was recently arrested for a DUI. Late on a Friday evening, police officers in Burbank saw Bumpass standing up against his car, which was stopped in the middle of the road. When officers approached, Bumpass walked away, nearly falling over. When questioned by police, he admitted to having been drinking.

Officers had Bumpass perform the standardized field sobriety tests, which he reportedly failed. Once Bumpass was arrested, his blood alcohol level tested at more than twice the legal limit. He was held on $15,000 bail, spent the evening in jail, and was released in the morning after posting bail.

Any driver can be arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving. It does not matter if they are a judge, a race car driver, or an actor. At the Gorelick Law Offices, attorney Lynn Gorelick has dedicated her legal career to defending drivers charged with a DUI in the East Bay. With more than 30 years of experience, Lynn Gorelick understands how a DUI conviction can affect your future, threaten your job, and how to fight to keep a conviction off your record. If you are facing a DUI, contact the local East Bay DUI defense attorney who understands that you do not have to plead guilty just because you were arrested.

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Lynn Gorelick

Lynn Gorelick has been an attorney for 30 years. She is the Attorney Lynn Gorelick is the President of the California DUI Lawyers Association and a Faculty and Sustaining member of the National College of DUI Defense.

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