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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 ...

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76.

Allie    

It's Zacs problem because this reflects on him. Ryan isn't famous. He's known as Zac's best friend, Brittany Snow's ex and Victoria Justice's boyfriend. He is only papped when he is with one of them three. (I fully expect Victoria to dump him soon after this) What Ryan does reflects on Zac. This isn't a story about some bit part actor getting pulled over for a DUI. Its a story about Zac's best friend getting a DUI while he was out with Zac.

He's using Zac for his own fame. He needs better friends. I hope this is a wakee-up call for Zac.

1179 days ago
77.

rick     

thats what GOOD BOYFRIENDS DO FOR ONE ANOTHER ...... come clean ZAK

1179 days ago
78.

sol    

Of course not, Ryan was with 3 other friends in his car.

1179 days ago
79.

adsdfad    

uh, how is this possible? zac efron is in illinois shooting a movie.

1179 days ago
80.

Natalie    

Did we not just witness what happened to the late Ryan Dunn? People will never learn! How are you going to let your friend drive when you know he was drunk?! They have more than enough money to afford a taxi! Driving while under the influence is a big deal, not only can it cost you your life, but the lives of others as well.

1179 days ago
81.

irongrumma    

Ryan is a big boy.zac was out with friend.they should fine a way home with them drink.but people are say zac had a date with a dance.the girl he call over. these is what people are say now.i don't know ikf it true are not

1179 days ago
82.

The Neko Nation    

Friends don't let friends drive drunk.

1179 days ago
83.

HumanNature    

People who plan on drinking in public should just stay home and get DRUNK!!!

Drinking and Driving Do Not Mix!!!

Stay HOME!!!

1179 days ago
84.

jessca    

This is crazy If they were both drunk, how can anyone expect Zac to use proper judgement when his friend cant'?

1179 days ago
85.

Nick Skorpio    

He that drinks then drives and gets caught will face a judge and hopefully after a night in the holding tank will learn his lesson and never do it again. Hopefully.

1179 days ago
86.

Kay    

Rumer Willis? Which guy is that desperate?

1179 days ago
87.

paul a.    

GAYDAR!!!!!!

1179 days ago
88.

TheMarshmallowMan    

WHo the fu_ck cares about Zac Efron? High School musical was like what, 4 years ago

1179 days ago
89.

brock lesnar    

he should have let Zac give him a ********. that way the chances of getting nabbed would have been less. first, when he blew his wad, he could of easily been talked into getting a cab. secondly, the cops might have been gone by then.

1179 days ago
90.

Jasmin    

Zac sure drinks a lot. I bet he's already got liver damage. And now he's smoking, lung damage. This dude will be a total mess by the time he turns 30. Why does he bother going to the gym and then put tar and nicotine and alcohol into his body? Wasted effort.

1179 days ago
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