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NBA's Ty Lawson Punished In Denver Drunk Driving Case ... Miraculously Avoids Jail

3/22/2016 8:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0322-ty-lawson-getty-01Indiana Pacers star Ty Lawson pulled off a miracle ... somehow avoiding jail in his Denver drunk driving case even though prosecutors desperately wanted him to serve time. 

Lawson had pled guilty to driving while ability impaired back in November ... after failing field sobriety tests during his arrest on Jan. 23rd 2015. During the incident, cops say Lawson reeked of booze and couldn't stand up straight. 

Prosecutors raised the issue that Lawson had 2 drunk driving incidents before the Denver arrest -- and was busted for DUI in L.A. in July -- saying he needed jail to learn his lesson. 

But the judge said Lawson's 2 previous cases didn't count as "offenses" -- unclear why ... we're looking into it. 

Regardless, Lawson was ultimately sentenced to 12 months probation and ordered to complete 48 hours of community service, 52 hours of therapy and NO MARIJUANA USE!

He also has to undergo monitored sobriety checks -- which means no alcohol either. 

Dak Prescott THE MUG SHOT ... After DUI Arrest

3/14/2016 2:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0314-dak-prescott-mug-shot-watermark-01TMZ Sports has obtained Dak Prescott's mug shot ... taken the same day the Mississippi State QB was arrested for DUI early Saturday morning.

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, Prescott was pulled over at 12:31 AM in his 2016 Cadillac Escalade SUV -- and later charged with speeding and DUI. 

Interesting note in the police report ... cops say Prescott took 2 breath tests -- but one was an "insufficient sample" and the other one was an "invalid sample."

This could be a very good thing for Prescott -- because the absence of a blood alcohol sample makes it harder for prosecutors to get a DUI conviction. 

Prescott was one of the top QBs in the upcoming draft and before the arrest had been projected to go in the 3rd or 4th round. 

He's due back in court in April. 

MTV Host Arrested After Death Threats

3/6/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The host of MTV's "Silent Library" was arrested after cops say he went on a verbal tear ... threatening to kill tourists visiting a local landmark.

Law enforcement in Manitou Springs, Colorado tell TMZ last month Zero Kazama began yelling at people visiting the town's historic cliff dwellings ... telling them they were on sacred ground and would be killed if they didn't leave. 

We're told visitors were so scared, employees had to lock the area down until cops arrived ... but when they did, Kazama was no where to be found.

Cops put an alert out for Zero and later that night, officers from a nearby station found the host at the scene of a car wreck ... he was arrested and booked for DUI, reckless driving and assault. 

Kazama was released the next day on a $1k bond. 

'Sicario' Star Busted for DUI After Medium Speed Chase

3/1/2016 8:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0301-Bernardo-P.-Saracino-GETTY-01One of the drug cartel bad dudes from "Sicario" was on the run from real life cops in L.A. before they chased him down and arrested him for DUI.

Law enforcement sources tell us cops spotted Bernardo Saracino -- drug lord Manuel Diaz in "Sicario" -- around 3:30 AM swerving on an L.A. freeway. Officers lit him up and the chase was on. We're told Saracino refused to pull over for about 8 minutes, leading LAPD cops on a chase that covered 3 freeways ... although never exceeding speed limits. 

We're told Saracino -- who's also in Tina Fey's "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" -- eventually pulled over and surrendered peacefully. Officers booked him for misdemeanor DUI and evading police.

We reached out to Saracino's rep for comment ... so far, no word back.

Ex-Titans LB Keith Bulluck Busted for DUI ... Hits Light Pole

2/23/2016 9:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former Tennessee Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck was arrested for DUI in Nashville early Tuesday morning -- after cops say the ex-Pro Bowler crashed his car into a light pole. 

Cops say they responded to the accident around 3 AM -- and when they arrived to the scene, Bulluck had a "distinct smell of an alcoholic beverage."

According to police, Bulluck also admitted he had been drinking earlier in the night and was driving home from a place called Losers Bar.

Cops say the 38-year-old refused to give a blood sample to test for his alcohol level. 

No word if Bulluck was injured in the crash.

Story developing ... 

Mayhem Miller Busted For DUI Cops Prepared For War

2/11/2016 10:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar11:58 AM PT -- We just got Mayhem's mug shot. Yeeesh. update_grey_gray_barEx-UFC star Jason "Mayhem" Miller was arrested for DUI this weekend -- and we're told officers brought the cavalry to the arrest scene, just in case he decided to get violent with cops again.  

FYI -- Mayhem allegedly fought police on TWO separate incidents last year ... grappling with 4 cops in March and attacking officers with a ceramic tile back in October. 

So, when cops got a tip that 35-year-old Miller was driving drunk in Irvine, CA this weekend -- we're told they rolled deep just in case things got crazy this time around too! 

Our sources say there were roughly 15 cops on scene and a K9 unit to provide assistance. 

When the gang arrived to the scene, we're told Miller had "obvious signs of intoxication" -- and then bombed several field sobriety tests. 

He was arrested on suspicion of DUI and hauled to a nearby jail. 

We're told Miller was mouthy with cops during the incident ... but didn't get violent this time -- which is a step in the right direction considering his past. 

Miller was cited and has since been released from custody. 

Disney's Tiffany Thornton Husband and Driver In Fatal Wreck Were Wasted

2/6/2016 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0205-tiffany-thornton-husband-TMZ-02Disney Star Tiffany Thornton's husband, Chris Carney, and his friend were loaded on booze before their fatal car accident, according to their shocking toxicology reports.

According to the coroner's results, obtained by TMZ ... the driver Ezekiel Blanton's blood alcohol level was .230. Carney tested even higher at .291. The BAC numbers confirm what witnesses told TMZ.

As we first reported ... people in the Arkansas bar where they were partying saw the men boozing hard before the fatal wreck.

Both men were killed when their SUV swerved off the highway and slammed into a tree.

Stephanie Seymour DUI Dressed to the Nines ... Begging for Mercy

2/2/2016 9:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0202-stephanie-seymour-gettyStephanie Seymour could get out of her DUI case ... if she hits the books.

The supermodel showed up in a Connecticut court in her finest Jackie O-inspired outfit -- complete with long leather gloves -- and asked the judge to cut her a break.

Seymour told the court she's applied to an alcohol counseling program.

TMZ broke the story, Steph got busted last month after cops say she backed into another car on a highway off-ramp.

Since this is Seymour's first offense ... prosecutors have agreed to drop the charges if she completes the alcohol program.

Jayson Williams Ex-NBA Star Arrested ... Drunk Driving Crash

2/2/2016 6:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Former NBA star Jayson Williams -- the guy who shot and killed his limo driver in 2002 -- was arrested in Upstate NY last week after cops say he drunkenly crashed his Jeep into a utility pole. 

Officials say emergency responders were called around 11:30 PM on Jan. 26th to a single car crash -- and found the 47-year-old in his banged up Jeep. 

Williams was transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries -- and was ultimately charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. You can see scrapes on his face in the mug shot. 

Williams was released from the hospital a short time later.  

It's not the first time Jayson has been popped for drunk driving -- in fact, he served time behind bars in connection with a 2010 DWI conviction.  

'American Hot Rod' Star Car Crash Becomes Police Anthem Against Drunk Drivers

1/31/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0128-duane-mayer-launch-tmz-01"American Hot Rod" star Duane Mayer has become the poster boy for the consequences of drunk driving. 

Duane, who now operates his own shop under the "American Hot Rod" name, was hospitalized New Year's Day after being arrested for drunk driving. 

Cops say Duane was so wasted he fell out of a 1932 Ford Coupe while it was still moving ... at around 25 mph. His injuries are gnarly. 

Photos of the wrecked pre-war Ford appeared on the Anaheim Police Department's Facebook page with the warning, "Always designate a driver when drinking."

We reached out to Duane, who had no comment. 

Uber, Duane.

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Vince Young 'Disappointed In Myself' for DUI 'Let This Be a Lesson'

1/26/2016 6:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Vince Young has broken his silence on his DUI arrest -- apologizing to his bosses ... and hoping young people will learn from his stupid mistake. 

As we previously reported, the former University of Texas QB was arrested Monday morning in Austin -- and officers say he couldn't stand up straight and was slurring his words. 

Now, without specifically admitting guilt, Young has issued a statement essentially acknowledging that he screwed up ... big time. 

"Regardless of the outcome of the pending investigation, I would like my friends, family and fans to know that I do not condone drinking and driving in any way whatsoever. I am very disappointed in myself and am so sorry for any conduct that has made this legal process necessary."

"I specifically want to apologize to the young men and women who look up to me as a role model and to my employers at the University of Texas and the Longhorn Network. Please let this be a lesson to you all and a moment for you to learn from."

"I understand the seriousness of the situation I am in and take full responsibility for not having met my own standards of personal conduct."

Vince Young Busted for DUI

1/25/2016 7:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-NFL star Vince Young was arrested for DUI in Texas early Monday morning ... and is still behind bars.

TMZ Sports confirmed Young was pulled over in a white Chevy Silverado by Austin cops around midnight. He was booked for DUI at the Travis County jail. Police told KXAN that officers saw Young drifting across lanes while doing 40 to 60 mph.

Police also described Young as being uncooperative once officers pulled him over. He refused to take a breathalyzer. His bail was set at $2,000. 

Officers say Young showed several signs of intoxication during the stop -- including, "thick tongued" speech, swaying and mumbling. 

Cops also say Young started the "Walk and turn" test -- but refused to continue after losing his balance. 

Young returned to his alma mater, University of Texas, in 2014 to work on recruiting. 

Story developing...

'SpongeBob SquarePants' DUI Bust Won't Cost Squidward His Job

1/25/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0122-squidward-roger-bumpass-nickelodeon-GETTY-01Rodger Bumpass -- aka Squidward Tentacles on "SpongeBob SquarePants" -- can rest easy ... he won't get sacked from the show for his DUI arrest. 

Sources close to production tell us, execs don't view a DUI bust as a deal breaker, and good thing, because half of Hollywood would lose their jobs.

We're told the only basis for firing him would be the "morals clause," and the show takes the position getting a DUI is not an immoral act. Legally speaking, that's exactly right.

Bumpass told us he was worried sick he'd be fired.

TMZ broke the story ... Bumpass was busted January 15 after cops noticed his blue PT Cruiser in the middle of the road. They say he was propped on the hood, admitted drinking and driving and flunked a field sobriety test. Cops say his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.  

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