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28-07-2006
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Mel Gibson arrested for drunken driving
Mel Gibson arrested for drunken driving
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning director and actor Mel Gibson was arrested in Malibu for suspicion of drunken driving, an official said on Friday.
"He was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.
Gibson, 50, whose 2004 film "The Passion of the Christ" was a smash hit, was stopped at 2:36 a.m. local time on Friday for speeding on the Pacific Coast Highway, and officers smelled alcohol on his breath. He was given a sobriety test, taken into custody and released later that morning after posting $5,000 bail.
Whitmore said Gibson was given a citation, and the matter will be reviewed by detectives to determine if drunken driving charges will be filed at a future date, Whitmore said.


Gibson's spokesman could not be reached for comment.
The actor rocketed to fame in the late 1970s in the movie "Mad Max" and scored huge box office hits playing a cop in the "Lethal Weapon" movies.
In 1995, he acted in and directed "Braveheart," about 13th-century Scottish rebel William Wallace. The movie earned 10 Oscar nominations and won five of the awards including directing for Gibson and best picture of the year.
Gibson used his own money to make "Passion," about the last hours in the life of Jesus Christ, because no Hollywood studio would back him. The 2004 film went on to be a major hit and gross more than $611 million at global box offices.


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He looks like Jesus

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Mad Max

He looks more like Sadam Hussain.

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Ew, what is that picture??? 50? More like 70!

Mel, you've reallllly let yourself go. Let's go back to the "What Women Want" days when you were kind of hot for an old guy.

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He's so...

Crazy...


I LOVE THAT THIS HAPPENED...

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I'm no fan of Mel's, and I HATE when people have a few drinks and think they can drive, endangering everyone else. But this sounds a little...strange to me. When I read the headline, I was all 'that jerk!' but something doesn't drive. Arrested for 'suspicion' of drunk driving? It will be reviewed at a later date to see if charges will be fired? If you fail your breathilizer, unless you're a politician, you WILL be arrested for driving under the influence, not the suspicion of it, and WILL face charges.

It sounds like he passed his breathilizer/sobriety test, but they still smelled alcohol, so they took him in anyway.

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Looks like he is going back to his alcoholic days...

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Arrested for 'suspicion' of drunk driving? It will be reviewed at a later date to see if charges will be fired? If you fail your breathilizer, unless you're a politician, you WILL be arrested for driving under the influence, not the suspicion of it, and WILL face charges.

It sounds like he passed his breathilizer/sobriety test, but they still smelled alcohol, so they took him in anyway.
I agree that it sounds strange that they didn't just book him. Maybe he called his lawyer and the lawyer is raising hell at the station--

I'm not quite sure how the system works but I think with things like DUI's and DWI's you can challenge the charges (i.e. have them reviewed by other officers, the court, etc.). And I think, maybe, that officers can exercise discretion and decide whether or not they want to file charges against someone. That's just a random guess though, so I could be wrong.

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They always say suspicion.

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it's a sign... from god.

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Mel just blew his career...well whatever was left of it: www.perezhilton.com

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Mel just blew his career...well whatever was left of it: www.perezhilton.com
Somehow,i find it hard to believe what Perez wrote.

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^ I agree. As much as I love to believe random gossip, that PerezHilton article is just too unrealistic and crazy to be true.

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The police report is at TMZ

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hmm, jebus never drove drunk. bad mel gibson, bad.

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