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

1/31/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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.


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

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.  


'Spongebob Squarepants' Squidward Tentacles Claims Cops Lied in DUI Bust

1/20/2016 10:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0120-roger-bumpass-getty-01Rodger Bumpass -- aka Squidward Tentacles on "SpongeBob SquarePants" -- says cops lied about his DUI arrest ... but Bumpass' accusation could actually hurt him legally.

TMZ broke the story ... cops claimed they saw him leaning against his PT Cruiser on a Burbank street when they approached him. Police say he tried to walk away and stumbled as if he were impaired. He then flunked a field sobriety test and blew more than twice the legal limit.

Bumpass tells us he was NOT leaning against his car. Here's the way he says it went down. Bumpass admits he had been drinking at a Burbank bar, got in his car and began driving home. At some point he says cops began tailing him, pulled him over and asked if he had been drinking. He confessed he had, and then failed the field sobriety test.

Here's the problem ... cops say they never saw him behind the wheel, and even if he confessed he was so out of it the confession could be challenged. By claiming cops first spotted him while he was driving blows that defense out of the water.

Bumpass says he's spoken with several people over at Nickelodeon and his fate there is uncertain.


Stephanie Seymour DUI Mug Shot More Like Supermodel Candid

1/20/2016 8:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0120-stephanie-seymour-splash-02Stephanie Seymour escaped her DUI without one of those embarrassing celebrity mug shots, but it's not what you're thinking -- cops say she just got lucky due to a glitch.

TMZ broke the story ... the supermodel got arrested last Friday in Greenwich, CT. The State Police just released her booking photo, and quite frankly ... it looks like a happy candid shot taken while she's sitting and chatting with friends.

Cops tell us the photo was snapped as an officer was booking her and it's NOT a mistake. This is how CT State Police take mug shots now -- with a camera on an officer's desktop computer -- however cops say she should have been looking into the lens.

We're told it's unclear if human error or a computer glitch is behind the pic being taken at the wrong moment -- they've had "issues" with the new computerized system.

Either way, it worked out for Seymour.

Tip for DMX -- get arrested in Connecticut more often. 


'SpongeBob SquarePants' Squidward Tentacles Busted for DUI

1/19/2016 2:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0119-bumpass-squid-02Rodger Bumpass -- the actor who plays Squidward Tentacles on "SpongeBob SquarePants" -- was arrested Friday night for DUI.  

Law enforcement sources tell us cops noticed a blue PT Cruiser stopped in the middle of a road just before 11 PM with a man leaning against the car.

When cops walked up to the guy -- Bumpass -- they say he walked away and was so unsteady he nearly fell.

Our sources say Bumpass confessed to driving just before cops spotted him and he was arrested after failing a field sobriety test.

Our sources tell us ... Bumpass' blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. 


Jamie Foxx Man Pulled From Flaming Wreck Busted For DUI

1/19/2016 10:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


11:08 PM PST -- According to the accident report ... Jamie and another civilian broke the window, cut the driver's seat belt and pulled him out of the truck.

update_grey_gray_barJamie Foxx may have saved a man's life after pulling him from a burning vehicle ... but he couldn't save him from getting busted for DUI.

TMZ broke the story, Foxx went into hero mode Monday night in Hidden Hills after a car flipped and caught fire outside his house.  Foxx rescued the driver ... who easily could have been burned alive.

Law enforcement tells us the driver -- 32-year-old Brett Kyle -- was rushed to the hospital with serious injuries -- and then booked for DUI.

The accident was horrific. Kyle's 2007 Toyota Tacoma flipped after striking a drainage pipe and concrete.  

Stephanie Seymour Backs That Thing Up ... Gets Busted for DUI

1/18/2016 6:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0118-stephanie-seymour-getty-01Stephanie Seymour got a DUI ... after allegedly going the wrong way at a stop sign.

The supermodel was arrested on Friday night in Greenwich, CT. According to Connecticut State Police, Stephanie was stopped on an off-ramp from I-95 when another car came up and stopped behind her. Instead of going forward ... cops say Stephanie threw her 2015 Range Rover into reverse and hit the other vehicle.

She refused to take a field sobriety test, even though the officer on the scene said she smelled like booze, was unsteady on her feet and had bloodshot eyes. 

The driver of the other car did not report any injuries.

47-year-old Stephanie was booked for DUI. 

Drake Bell Charged With DUI ... Jail Time in Play

1/13/2016 12:28 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Drake Bell is now officially charged with DUI -- TMZ has learned -- and it's not the first time the actor's been charged with the crime. 

The L.A. County District Attorney charged Bell with one count of misdemeanor DUI for his arrest last month. Cops say he refused to have his BAC tested when they pulled him over for allegedly swerving and driving 55 in a 35.

Bell was also charged with DUI in San Diego in 2009. Since he's now a repeat offender ... he's facing at least 4 days in jail and a suspended license.


Jamal Anderson Pleads Guilty to 2014 DUI (UPDATE)

1/12/2016 2:46 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-NFL star Jamal Anderson just pled guilty to his 2014 DUI charge but won't serve any jail time ... at least for now. 

The former Atlanta Falcons running back was arrested in Duluth, Georgia in November '14 after cops found him passed out in his car in the middle of a freeway. Cops said he reeked of booze and was "unsteady on his feet."

But today, the 43-year-old cut a deal with prosecutors ... in which he agreed to pled guilty to 1 count of DUI -- and in exchange got 1 year probation. 

As part of his sentence, Anderson has also been ordered to avoid alcohol, give up his driver's license and do 40 hours of community service. 

But he's not out of the woods just yet -- Jamal was busted for another DUI in September in a different part of Georgia. That case is still pending. 

update_graphic_red_barTMZ Sports spoke with Anderson who tells us he's been sober since October and is currently enrolled in AA to help overcome his issues with alcohol.  

Anderson says he's ready to accept his punishment so he can move on with his life and be a positive influence in the community.  

Disney Star Michael Galeota Serious Alcohol Issues Leading Up to Death

1/12/2016 10:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0112-michael-galeota-facebook-01Disney star Michael Galeota, who died Sunday at 31, had a rough road to the end.

Galeota struggled with alcohol issues, racking up 3 DUIs from 2006 - 2015. The last DUI -- in September -- was an ongoing case. He served jail time on a few occasions for violating his probation in alcohol-related incidents.

The actor, who starred in "The Jersey" on the Disney Channel, had a history of hypertension and high cholesterol. He also battled diverticulitis, inflammation of the digestive track.

As we reported, he was hospitalized last week for abdominal pain and left against doctor's advice.

Shannon Twins Karissa Will Drive Kristina Charged with DUI

1/9/2016 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0108-kristina-shannon-INSTAGRAM-01Former Playboy Playmate Kristina Shannon just got a new role ... DUI defendant.

Kristina and former fellow Playboy Playmate/twin sister Karissa were injured when Kristina smashed their Benz SUV. They were en route to get their nipples pierced. 

It's Kristina's first DUI, so she'll probably get off with probation.  

Both girls like to party together, and drinking is part of the drill.



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