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Zac Efron -- Could He Have Prevented Buddy's DUI?

7/9/2011 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Zac Efron was drinking with good friend Ryan Rottman literally minutes before Rottman was arrested for DUI.  The question, should Zac have said anything to his pal to prevent him from taking the wheel?

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Sources inside the Dillon's Irish Pub in Hollywood tell TMZ ... Zac, Ryan, Rumer Willis and a few other friends ordered a total of  7 Kamikaze shots, 8 or 9 mixed drinks and 3 - 4 beers.

Zac and Rottman both left the bar at around 9:30 and went their separate ways.  We shot video of Zac running from the bar to his car, though it appears Rumer drove him away. By 9:45, Rottman was in police custody.

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Rottman apparently was hammered.  Cops spotted him after he drove up a curb near Dillion's.  He blew a .19, more than twice the legal limit.

We asked Zac's rep if the actor urged his friend to take a taxi or find some other way home that would not have put him behind the wheel.  We did not get a response.


So we ask ...

105 COMMENTS

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61.

Bryan06    

Responsible reporting TMZ. Why not drop the man-crush on Zac Effron and ask yourself...should he have been driving as well? He apparently ran to his car after drinking just as much as his buddy who got popped for a DUI by being over twice the limit.

Get your head out of your a#$es TMZ.

1202 days ago
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Tammy    

If Zac was wasted too, he didn't have the capacity to think clearly enough to tell his friend not to get behind the wheel of a car in that condition. What they should have done was arrange for transportation home or have a designated driver BEFORE they started drinking. But hey, maybe they want to die? I have no problem with people exercising their right to take their life as long as they don't take the unwilling with them.

1202 days ago
63.

Molls    

Wasn't Zac in Ryan's car when it ran the curb? Not wanting to get caught drunk, he panicked. He vacated the seat next to the chick in the back seat. The Vanessa look alike. Then he called Rumer to come pick him up. He was more concerned about being caught drunk than protecting anyone else. He didn't even go back to stick with Ryan to make sure he was OK while all the others in the car did. Bet that girl who was Zac's date got a true glimpse of what a weak, selfish person he is.

1202 days ago
64.

Big D    

Why is it always someone else's responsibility to keep the people that got into trouble out of trouble?

1202 days ago
65.

Brady    

Absolutely. Nice job Zac, you s***bag. He's no different than Ryan Dunn's "friends".

1202 days ago
66.

Kim    

Why did you take the video down?

1202 days ago
67.

Dot     

Zac may have said something to Ryan, but who are we to judge. Just because Zac is a good person, the paparazi are always trying to get a picture of him doing something wrong. We are all human and we all will make mistakes, but I would hate to know that I always had to watch my back because someone is trying to catch me doing something wrong. Why doesn't everyone focus on the things that everyone is doing right and this world would be a better place. I think that Zac is an excellant role model and I know he will make mistakes but quit trying to blame him for Ryans mistake. Ryan is an adult and he will pay a price for his mistake, but remember he is human too!

1201 days ago
68.

John    

Zac's only job is to be a tease for gay males. He's doing that job perfectly.

1201 days ago
69.

frankies mom    

Zac is a douche, and so are all the Disney kid stars....

1201 days ago
70.

R    

The drunk who drove is the sole person responsible for his actions and any consequences.

1201 days ago
71.

sunshinerad    

he might have said something but was he obligated? no. rottman's a grown ass man.

1201 days ago
72.

some guy    

john 4 hours ago: "hey tmz you were right there -why didn't you do something-woops then you wouldn't have a story"


Typical Hollywood hypocrisy. Paparazzi is all of a sudden a good thing to have in your face, now, amirite?

1201 days ago
73.

lOCA    

Come on TMZ , i would like see the video !!!
Why she's no longer avaibable ??

1201 days ago
74.

nerissa     

WTF??? Why is Zac to blame?? Do any of us know him personally, or were we there to see if he said something earlier?? Is this guy a baby and is he not to blame for his own actions and furthermore Zac was not the only person there, he's just the most famous one so we pin it on him right!! Geez, get a life and stop hounding the guy because none of us KNOW HIM!!!

1201 days ago
75.

Sandra     

Another jackass who puts others at risk!!! Enough with this rampant behaviour!! Substantial penalties may help!!

1201 days ago
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