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EXCLUSIVE: Gibson Skated Twice Before

7/31/2006 2:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned that Mel Gibson has been stopped for reckless driving two other times in Malibu but he was allowed to leave without a ticket or arrest.

As TMZ first reported, Gibson was arrested on Friday for suspicion of driving under the influence on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu -- driving 87 miles an hour. As we reported, the deputy who arrested Gibson was ordered to sanitize his arrest report to make it appear that Gibson's arrest was "without incident." In fact, The report states Gibson was abusive, violent and vulgar, and even attempted to escape.

TMZ has confirmed that approximately three years ago, Gibson was driving 74 miles per hour on Pacific Coast Highway, one mile from his house, when he was pulled over by a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy. Sources say Gibson avoided eye contact with the deputy during the stop and even though the deputy was suspicious of Gibson's sobriety, he let him go.

Approximately one year ago Gibson was stopped again, after driving 64 miles an hour on Pacific Coast Highway -- where the speed limit is 45. Sources say that Gibson was so cocky that he was on his cell phone the entire time he was detained by the deputy. Ultimately, the deputy decided to let him go without giving him a citation.

And there's new information about Friday's arrest.

As TMZ reported, the deputy who arrested Gibson was ordered by superiors to re-write his report and eliminate all references to Gibson's bad conduct and anti-Semitic remarks. Sources tell TMZ that Lt. Crystal Miranda told the arresting deputy that Captain Tom Martin talked to Sheriff Lee Baca who expressed concern that the explosive report might leak to the media and that it needed to be re-written in a sanitized form.

Sources say Gibson, who was pulled over early Friday morning for allegedly crossing lanes at a high speed, told the arresting deputy that he was leaving home just after 2 a.m. and heading to his brother's house. The arresting deputy found a bottle of tequila in the car, 3/4 full, in a brown paper bag. We're told that Gibson told the deputy that the bottle wasn't his but, "I've had a little bit."

We're also told that Gibson, who issued a statement over the weekend, suggesting he was not of sound mind when he uttered the anti-Semitic tirade and engaged in abusive behavior, was not in fact "out of it." Sources connected with the case tell TMZ that Gibson was drunk but was in control of his senses. At one point at the Sheriff's station, sources say Gibson was "jumping like a monkey" on a steel cage and told the arresting deputy, "I'm not going to hurt you physically. I'm gonna hurt you. I'm gonna make you lose."

We're also told that deputies at the Sheriff's station were star struck by Gibson and a number of them went to Gibson's holding cell to get a look of the star. The problem for the Sheriff's department -- there's a mounted camera in the station and the deputies can be seen fawning over the actor. Sheriff's officials have called some of the officers who were caught on tape in and warned them they might be subject to discipline.

As TMZ reported, the arresting deputy was ordered by officials to take out references to Gibson's bad behavior. We're told the altered report makes no mention of the fact that Gibson attempted to flee the scene by running to his car to escape. We're also told that the officer checked a box on the report that Gibson was "belligerent." Ironically, even though officials did not order the deputy to remove that reference, they did order him to re-write the report to eliminate all references to the supporting evidence leading the officer to believe Gibson was indeed "belligerent."

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Mel Gibson    

I suspect that many of the comments here that favor my own perspective of this unfortunate incident are written by those who have a financial interest in seeing that I can salvage my reputation. I'm worth hundreds of millions of dollars and no production company or distributor wants to let my true beliefs see the light of day.

Thank you TMZ

2944 days ago


Stupid?-Yes.Tequila night?-Yes.News?-No.30 days in the hole.....

2944 days ago

Larry 'The Cable Guy', I love you guys FOREVER but can you please give him a break?, I mean this story is not THAT important - why don't you get the video you say the policer officer shot of Mel going crazy - now THAT I want to see :0)

This are old news - and WE ALL LOVE MEL anyways

2944 days ago


Compassion for what? For driving drunk at twice the legal speed limit, thereby endangering the life of anyone in his path? For spewing anti-semitic filth and making sexist remarks to a law officer? A BAL of .12 cannot possibly justify these actions.

He deserves prison, behind barbed-wire fences, his name replaced by a number. It seems only fitting.

2944 days ago


They say drunks and little kids speak the truth and I don't see what Gibson said about Jews as being wrong. Jews control the media and use it as a tool/weapon to justify destruction, while gathering sympathy towards themselves. All this for the almighty dollar. Harvey Levin, who produces this website and is Jewish, is a typical Jewish opportunist that is jumping on this story like Israel is jumping on the opportunity to occupy more land in Lebanon. Don't let these people destroy Mel Gibson, who is one of the few that can actually stand up to the Jews in Hollywood, which in turn, has salivated for the an opportunity like this to go after him. We all make mistakes and must pay for them, but nobody has a right to punish you more than the crime warrants. Mel was driving drunk and that's the story Harvey. Don't use Mel to gain notoriety for yourself and sympathy for your people. I'm not drunk and I'm not a little kid, but I am speaking the truth.

2944 days ago

Joan Lester    

First, Mel Gibson or any other wealthy individual or celebrity needs to be treated exactly the same as any other citizen of this country when they have offended or broken a law. To give them preferential treatment tells them that they are "special" and do not need to obey our laws. This is absolutely wrong and illegal and must stop now! Does he need to kill or maim someone before he is treated as a lawbreaker? I think that any law officer who "gives him a break" and whitewashes his offense and record must also be treated as a lawbreaker and be held responsible, paying the price for it. I resent that any other non-celebrity would have been immediately handcuffed, thrown into the police car, booked and had it all reported fully and accurately in the files. Equal treatment under the law, that's what is supposed to take place. These celebrities are way out of control and believe that they are exempt from adhering to the laws of our land.
Unfortunately, there is no law against his making disgusting anti-semitic remarks. However, there is unwritten law. The media should help by suggesting a boycott of any of his past or future movies. He is disgusting!

2944 days ago

Bob Pidgeon    

Hey Mel, Get yourself a good aussie Chauffeur, if not there, when you come home, I'm one with 20 years experience on the gold coast australia


2944 days ago


Mr. Gibson was drunk, drunk people do & say stupid things, luckily he didn't kill anyone, I can see why he is so vocal in his drunken stupor, especially after these latest news:
JERUSALEM - Israel suspended air attacks on south Lebanon for 48 hours starting early Monday in the face of widespread outrage over an airstrike on a house that killed 56 Lebanese, almost all of them women and children.

2944 days ago


I have actually met Mel Gibson, and I must say that I didn't care much for him. He was really up on himself. That being said, I think a lot of people right now aren't happy politically with Isreal, he just expressed it inapproprietly and karma will give him what he deserves, good or bad. If you don't like it, don't go see his next movie. If his movies flop continuosly then he won't have a career left. Very simple.

2944 days ago


Am sure the Godless liberals will jump all over this proving that Mel is what.... human?
Mel will be their new ANTI poster boy since the best they have is Goerge Michael and Barny Frank

2944 days ago


Am sure the Godless liberals will jump all over this proving that Mel is what.... human?
Mel will be their new ANTI poster boy since the best they have is Goerge Michael and Barny Frank

2944 days ago


Something needs to be addressed as now some of you people are incorporating the Israeli-Hezbollah war into these discussions. Are you even aware what is going on in this situation? Or do you just copy and paste headlines and spout the cliched "jews control the media" bullshit? Im gonna guess the latter as it might surprise some of you IGNORANT freakin people that Hezbollah is a TERRORIST organization that before 9/11 was responsible for the most DEATHS of AMERICANS by any one terrorist group. They are in fact PART OF THE LEBENESE GOVERNMENT and hide behind their own country's women and children as they intentionally shoot rockets into populated CIVILIAN areas of Israel. One of their first attacks on NAZARETH (yeah that's right...the birthplace of CHRIST) was responsible for the deaths of CHILDREN and it was intentional. Hezbollah went into Israel UNPROKOVED, killed 8 Israeli soldiers, kidnapped two others, and started firing rockets into civilian cities. There seems to be something you people don't get. Hezbollah is backed by Iran and Syria and HATES AMERICA AS WELL AS ISRAEL. And not it's not because the two of us are friends. Bush has not called a cease-fire for a reason people...What kind of hypocrites are we to tell the only true Democracy in the middle east that they cannot defend their country against unprovoked terrorist attacks much like 9/11. HEZBOLLAH IS THE REASON PEOPLE ARE GETTING KILLED

2944 days ago

james thomson    

Well, so he doesn't like Jews. Some people don't like Jews, some don't like blacks, some don't like gays, that's just the way people are. Perhaps the difference here is that good-natured people keep their thoughts to themselves. While I'm not a fan or his polical or religious beliefs, I would wish him well in recovering from alcohol abuse.

2944 days ago


Why all of the kudos and sympathy for Mel Gibson? The fact is that ALL police departments kiss celebrities ass all the time, no matter what the alleged offense. You or me or the lamppost would have been struck with a nightstick for answering any cop back the way Gibson did.
People here are dismissing the fact that this guy is worth close to 1 billion dollars, ( I looked it up ) and that is serious coin.
That is one reason Sheriff Baca was awoke out of bed for his "advice."
Yeh, Gibson very rich and the rules do not and will not apply to him. A good DUI lawyer will get him off completely.

2944 days ago


Harvey LEVIN,

Do yourself and the Jewish community a favor and SHUT UP about this. You're embarrassing yourself because your vendetta against Gibson is SO TRANSPARENT. Gibson should be held accountable for his DUI but you're taking this too far and I wonder if you would even care had he made a similar drunken statement about the Muslims (my guess is NO).

I have Jewish friends that say mean things about Muslims when they are SOBER. We are ALL imperfect humans and we ALL can have the tendency to say Un-PC things. In light of RECENT AND ONGOING events in the Mid East, what Gibson said in his drunken state is not something that I would label as deserving this much attention.

Get off your high horse, Levin. This MOB mentality by the Jewish community against Gibson and his family has been stemming from the filming and relase of "The Passion..." IT's getting OLD so STOP

2944 days ago
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