Gibson Charged With DUI

8/2/2006 6:08 PM PDT

The Los Angeles County District Attorney has charged actor Mel Gibson with misdemeanor Driving Under the Influence. The offense carries a maximum sentence of 6 months in county jail. Gibson was also charged with driving while having a .08 blood alcohol level or higher. And the actor was charged with possession of an open container of alcohol while driving.

TMZ was the first to report that Gibson was arrested early Friday morning while driving on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif. He allegedly tried to flee the scene.

Click to read the press release and charging documents