Lamar Odom needs some legal firepower after his DUI arrest, and its OJ Simpson's lawyer Robert Shapiro to the rescue ... TMZ has learned.
Lamar has hired Shapiro in what promises to be a sticky situation. TMZ broke the story ... Lamar was popped early Friday AM on the 101 Freeway ... and cops believe he was under the influence of both drugs and booze.
Shapiro is known for plea bargaining. These cases are pretty standard -- he'll probably plead no contest to one count of DUI and get probation. He'll also be required to attend an alcohol ed class. And, since he refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test, he'll automatically get his driver's license yanked for 1 year. No getting around that.
This has Kris Jenner's paw prints all over it. She's used Shapiro for other legal messes in the past -- most recently Robert Kardashian Jr.'s criminal battery and theft case.
Ironically, Kris' ex-hubby, the late Robert Kardashian, repped OJ Simpson along with Shapiro. Kris was best friends with Nicole Brown Simpson and felt OJ was guilty as sin.
John Clark Gable
Charged with DUI & Hit-n-Run
After 6-Car Collision
9/2/2013 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
John Clark Gable -- the son of Hollywood legend Clark Gable -- just got slapped with a hit-and-run charge in addition to DUI following his crazy arrest back in April ... when he crashed into 6 parked cars.
The two charges -- both misdemeanors -- were just filed in L.A. If convicted he faces jail time, but that's very unlikely.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Gable was NOT drunk at the time of his arrest ... officials believe he was under the influence of prescription medication.
TMZ broke the story ... Gable was busted in Malibu after allegedly smashing into 6 parked cars on Pacific Coast Highway. Gable told us he had lost consciousness behind the wheel and woke up just after the accident had occurred.
As for the Rx meds, Gable said he was taking pills for a minor leg injury he suffered while mountain biking, but believes a brain aneurysm might have been responsible for the crash.
Gable's due back in court September 30.
After DUI Bust
8/31/2013 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom was seen for the first time since his DUI arrest (barely) ... getting around the only way he can now ... IN A TAXI.
TMZ broke the story ... Lamar was popped for a DUI in L.A. early Friday morning after cops believed he was driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Lamar refused all chemical tests and as a result his driver's license was suspended for year.
As for where he was headed ... the agency who took the photos claims they were snapped outside the gated community where Khloe and Lamar's house is. But frankly, it's hard to tell.
1:00 PM PST -- Khloe was just photographed driving into the gated community moments after Lamar.
With NBA Drug Counselors
8/30/2013 1:12 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lamar Odom got some secret visitors yesterday -- two drug counselors who work with the National Basketball Players Association ... just hours before he was busted for DUI.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... the counselors -- former NBA players Dirk Minniefield and Cliff Robinson -- had contacted Lamar to offer help, and he accepted -- thus, the meeting.
Cliff and Dirk know a thing or 2 about addicts and drug addiction -- they both struggled with substance abuse during their careers. They currently work with the NBPA ... counseling rookies and struggling NBA players about handling addiction.
During the visit Thursday at Lamar and Khloe's house ... we're told Lamar was receptive and, as one source said, "It was very positive."
Here's the problem ... Shortly after Dirk and Cliff left, Lamar drove off and never came home.
As we first reported, he was arrested early this morning for DUI ... and law enforcement sources tell us they believe he was under the influence of both drugs and alcohol.
Busted for DUI
8/30/2013 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
11:07 AM PT -- TMZ has just obtained a photo of Lamar's Mercedes SUV inside the tow yard, where his car was taken after the DUI arrest.
10:05 AM PT -- According to the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept., Odom was released from custody at 8:33 AM. However, it's unclear if Odom has actually left the station yet.
9:17 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... officers at the scene smelled alcohol on Lamar and believe he was under the influence of both drugs and alcohol. The sources say Lamar's driving and conduct were consistent with drugs. We're told there were no drugs or alcohol found in Lamar's car ... only cigarettes, 2 bottles of cologne and other innocuous items.
Lamar Odom was arrested for "driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs" early Friday morning ... TMZ has learned.
The bust occurred in the San Fernando Valley at 3:54 AM. Lamar -- who was driving a white Mercedes SUV -- was popped by the California Highway Patrol and taken to a nearby station, where he was booked and is being held on $15,000 bail.
He was pulled over on the 101 Freeway for going too slow -- 50 MPH. Cops say Odom had been driving in a "serpentine manner."
Lamar initially did not respond to cops, and drove 3 exits before finally coming to a stop. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ he showed obvious signs of intoxication.
Lamar failed numerous field sobriety tests.
When Lamar was booked, we're told he refused all chemical tests.
Lamar's booking sheet shows he is 6'10" and 235 lbs.
Lamar has been tooling around town lately ... this after TMZ broke the story he had been on a crack binge.
ATL Hawks Head Coach
FIGHTING DUI ARREST
I Was Not Driving Drunk
8/29/2013 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Atlanta Hawks head coach Michael Budenholzer says he was NOT driving drunk when he was arrested for DUI last night ... and says he has some semi-convincing proof to back his claim.
Budenholzer was arrested in Atlanta around 10:30 PM Wednesday night ... after a Georgia State Trooper noticed the NBA coach's car had a broken taillight.
During the stop, cops say they noticed a strong odor of alcohol on Budenholzer's breath -- and asked him to submit to various field sobriety tests, including a breathalyzer.
According to the incident report, obtained by TMZ, MB agreed to everything BUT the breathalyzer ... and then proceeded to perform poorly during the other field sobriety tests.
During the arrest, Budenholzer reportedly admitted to having consumed 1 glass of wine earlier in the evening. He was arrested and hauled to a nearby jail.
Budenholzer was eventually released from custody around 3:45 AM this morning (5 HOURS after the initial arrest) ... and his lawyer says the coach went directly to a local hospital where a blood test revealed his B.A.C. was less than .01.
Budenholzer has since pled not guilty to DUI -- and released a statement saying, "I apologize to the fans and to the Hawks organization for any negative attention this incident has brought upon my family and the organization while the legal process evolves and I contest these misdemeanor charges."
Cops AMAZING Plea Deal
In Cut & Run DUI Arrest
8/27/2013 2:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Too Short won't be locked away after trying to run from cops during his crazy DUI arrest ... after cutting the SWEETEST deal of all time, TMZ has learned.
TMZ broke the story ... Too Short was popped in L.A. back in March on suspicion of DUI -- but during the arrest stupidly fled from cops. He was chased down and taken to jail, where cops say they found Ecstasy in the back of the police cruiser. Short denied it was his.
The rapper was slapped with SEVEN different charges, including: resisting arrest, DUI with .08 BAC or higher and possession of MDMA (Ecstasy).
Tuesday, Short's lawyer Keith Davidson did the impossible ... Short pled no contest to driving with a BAC of .08 or higher and in exchange, all the other charges were DISMISSED. Yeah.
It's not uncommon for first time offenders to get off easy -- but Short's deal is really incredible because he has multiple prior DUI arrests.
As for punishment ... Short was sentenced to 3 years probation, fines and alcohol education classes.
Looks like someone's lawyer is getting a gift basket.
Inspired by Walter White's
'Breaking Bad' Arrest
8/26/2013 12:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is just beyond ... but turns out Reese Witherspoon's rant during her Atlanta arrest could have been an audition for "Breaking Bad" -- because it's a damn good imitation of a scene where Walter White gets busted.
Way back in Season 3 ... Bryan Cranston's meth-cooking chem teacher character got pulled over for a shattered windshield, and went off on the officer saying ... "This is America and I have rights," and ... "Pepper spray the man who's expressing his opinion under the 1st Amendment!!"
Watch the 'BB' scene and Reese's infamous verbal eruption where, for starters, she said, "I'm allowed to stand on American ground and ask any question I want to ask."
At least she avoided the pepper spray ... which would have been "beyond."
R&B Singer Anthony Hamilton
8/25/2013 12:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
R&B singer Anthony Hamilton was popped for a DWI early Sunday morning, TMZ has learned.
Cops pulled Anthony over around 2:30 am in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina for speeding -- but then suspected he was under the influence and arrested him on charges of driving while impaired.
He was released from jail later Sunday morning.
Anthony is famous for his 2003 hit "Comin from Where I'm From". Recently he wrote the song "Freedom" for "Django Unchained."
Calls to Anthony's rep have not been returned.
'Wild & Crazy Kids' Host
Popped for DUI
8/21/2013 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Omar Gooding -- host of Nickelodeon's '90s show "Wild & Crazy Kids" and a bunch of other stuff -- had a w-wild and crazy night on Tuesday ... TMZ has learned, the actor was busted for DUI.
Law enforcement sources tell us, Gooding -- the younger brother of actor Cuba Gooding Jr. -- was arrested early Tuesday AM in L.A. and was released hours later on his own recognizance.
Details surrounding the arrest are unclear.
In addition to "Wild & Crazy Kids," Gooding had leading roles on "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" and "Smart Guy" (the show where Tahj Mowry plays a child genius). But c'mon, "Wild & Crazy Kids" was the best.
Arrested For Drunk Driving
8/21/2013 9:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
David Cassidy was just arrested by Tom Jones ... for drunk driving.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Cassidy was in upstate New York early this AM -- outside Albany -- when he was pulled over by OFFICER Jones for driving with his high beams when he wasn't supposed to.
We're told Jones smelled alcohol on Cassidy's breath and administered a field sobriety test, during which Cassidy performed poorly. The singer/actor blew a .1 and was cuffed and taken to jail.
He now faces felony drunk driving because he had a prior DUI in Florida.
Cassidy has been released on $2,500 bail.
His stepmom, Shirley Jones, has said recently David is a troubled man who has demons he's been struggling to conquer.
12:50 PM PT -- According to the police report, Cassidy left his high beams on as he approached the checkpoint (always a tip-off to cops) -- and in addition to the breathalyzer ... he also "failed all" the field sobriety tests Officer Jones put him through.
Okay, I Drove Drunk
8/18/2013 12:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Linda Hogan has changed her drunk-driving tune -- pleading GUILTY to DUI after downing some bubbly and getting behind the wheel ... and will spend 3 months in booze class thinking about her crime.
As TMZ previously reported Linda was popped for DUI in Malibu back in 2012 and slapped with two misdemeanor charges ... after cops say she was joyriding with a BAC of .084.
Linda originally plead not guilty -- and argued she only had ONE glass of champagne (on an empty stomach) and took antibiotics which heightened the effects of booze.
She finally copped to driving with a .08 or higher -- and in exchange the 2nd DUI charge was dropped. She was sentenced to 3 years probation and 3 months of alcohol education classes -- which she's already started.
ARRESTED FOR DUI
8/15/2013 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miguel -- the guy behind the smash hit "Adorn" and "#Beautiful" with Mariah Carey -- was arrested for driving drunk in L.A. early this morning ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... California Highway Patrol officers initially flagged the 27-year-old singer's 2013 BMW X6 for speeding and tinted windows next to an L.A. freeway around 2:15 AM.
During the stop, officers noticed the smell of booze ... and performed various field sobriety tests, which he flunked.
Miguel -- full name Miguel Jontel Pimentel -- also took a breathalyzer and blew a .10 and .11 ... which is over the .08 legal limit in CA.
Miguel was then arrested for DUI and hauled to a nearby station where he was booked ... and released a few hours later on $5,000 bail.
According to his booking sheet, Miguel is 5'7" and 140 pounds.
He's scheduled to appear in court in September.
So far, no word from Miguel's camp.