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Sam Shepard Off the Hook In Tequila DUI Case

12/18/2015 8:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1218-sam-shepard-tmz-01Sam Shepard tried to tell police he only had a little tequila before they busted him for DUI back in May, and now a judge is buying it. 

New Mexico prosecutors dropped a drunk driving charge against the "Bloodline" star after the D.A. concluded Shepard couldn't possibly have been drunk enough to be convicted.

Eyewitnesses told police Shepard only had 1.5 margaritas and a little bit of mescal before he left the Santa Fe restaurant.


As TMZ previously reported, Shepard told police at the time of his arrest he'd only had two shots of tequila that night ... but they busted him anyway. 

Shepard was arrested for DUI once before, back in 2009.

Chris Duhon DUI Arrest Passed Out In Driver's Seat ... Engine Running

11/30/2015 1:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Ex-Duke basketball star Chris Duhon was arrested for extreme DUI on Monday morning after cops found him passed out in his car with the engine running ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Cops responded to a call of a "man down" around 4 AM in Eleanor, West Virginia. Officials say officers found 33-year-old Duhon, who is currently an assistant basketball coach at Marshall, fast asleep in his Ford Escape with the keys still in the ignition.

When they woke him up, cops say they noticed Duhon's eyes were red and his speech was slurred. He was taken to the Putnam County Court House after failing three field sobriety tests.

This is where it gets crazy ... cops say Duhon took a breathalyzer test while getting booked and blew a .202 ... more than TWO AND HALF times the legal limit.

Duhon was released on $1,000 bond and has been suspended by the Marshall athletic department for "violating the department's rules and policies."

Duhon was a stud at Duke from 2000 to 2004 -- winning a national title in 2001 -- and later spent 9 seasons in the NBA. 

'NCIS' Star Busted For DUI

11/26/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1125-michael-weatherly-getty"NCIS" star Michael Weatherly ended up on the other side of the law when LAPD busted him for DUI. 

Law enforcement sources tell us Weatherly was stopped for speeding earlier this month around 1 AM in Hollywood. We're told officers suspected he'd been drinking and after running tests, determined his BAC was well above the legal limit. Weatherly spent nearly 15 hours behind bars.

The L.A. City Attorney charged him with two counts of DUI last week and if convicted, Weatherly faces a max of six months in jail and $1,000 in fines -- though jail time's highly unlikely since it's his first offense.  

We've reached out to Weatherly for comment ... so far, no word back.

John Stamos Cops Plea in DUI Case

11/24/2015 12:14 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


John Stamos just pled no contest in his DUI case ... TMZ has learned.

Stamos was arrested in June after Bev Hills cops saw him driving erratically. He was in such bad shape he was taken to the hospital. As we reported, Stamos was under the influence of GHB and another non-narcotic drug.

Under the plea deal, Stamos was placed on 3 years probation and must complete 52 AA meetings in the next year. He's also required to get 2 hours of drug and alcohol counseling.

Stamos checked into rehab shortly after his arrest, where he spent 30 days.

Jeremih Birthday DUI Plea Deal

11/20/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Jeremih just got a late birthday present ... a sweet deal in his DUI case.

The singer pled no contest to one count of reckless driving, and the DUI charge was tossed. As part of the deal, he'll have to complete an alcohol and drug ed course. He'll be on probation for 2 years.

The singer was pulled over on his 28th birthday back in July and spent the night in jail. The incident didn't stop him from hitting the clubs ... the next night.

Chances are he'll be back at it when he turns 29 ... likely with a designated driver.

NFL's Aldon Smith Hit With 1 Year Suspension ... Over DUI Arrest

11/17/2015 2:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1117-aldon-smith-getty-02Oakland Raiders star Aldon Smith will be suspended by the NFL for an entire year -- starting Tuesday -- for his role in a DUI arrest back in August ... so says Adam Schefter

As we previously reported, Smith was arrested on August 7th -- after cops say he tried to get out of his car in a lot about a mile from Levi's Stadium when he swung the door open into the car next to him, causing roughly $500 in damage.

Cops say Smith got back in his car and left ... only to return to the scene on foot, where cops were waiting. Aldon then bombed a sobriety test and was arrested for DUI, hit and run and vandalism.

Smith was charged with DUI and a hit and run -- and pled not guilty. 

Smith was on thin ice with the NFL -- after already being suspended for 9 games back in 2014 over a DUI arrest in 2013. 

Smith was cut by the 49ers after the DUI incident back in August -- and the Raiders must have known a suspension was a possibility when they signed him. 

Smith was seen saying goodbye to teammates earlier today. 

It'll be interesting to see if he ever plays another down in the NFL. 

J.T. Barrett I Had Crown Royal Before Arrest ... Reveals Hamstring Injury

11/12/2015 2:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett revealed he suffered a hamstring injury in the days before his arrest -- telling cops he had seen a doctor after hurting himself on the football field. 

Unclear when Barrett suffered the injury, but during his drunk driving arrest on Oct. 31st, he told the officers that he had a "strained hamstring" and had been to a doctor on October 27th. 

Barrett was suspended by the team for the Nov. 7th game against Minnesota because of the arrest -- but the new info makes you wonder if he would've missed the game due to injury anyway. 

There's more ... 20-year-old Barrett also admits that he HAD been drinking before he got behind the wheel -- fessing up to having Crown Royal. 

When asked how much he had, Barrett said, "two cups ... two shots."

J.T. Barrett Arrest Video 'I'M THE QB OF OHIO STATE' 'There's Nothing You Can Do?'

11/12/2015 8:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett tried to go the Reese Witherspoon route during his drunk driving arrest -- asking the officer for special treatment because, "I'm the quarterback of Ohio State!"

TMZ Sports obtained the dash cam footage from the October 31 incident -- in which you can clearly see Barrett's SUV pull out of a line for an upcoming DUI checkpoint ... catching the attention of an officer who pulled him over. 

During the stop, the officer says he could smell booze on Barrett's breath -- though J.T. insists he had NOTHING to drink that night. 

Barrett is given several field sobriety tests -- and does fairly well -- but the cop is not convinced he's 100% sober and arrests him. 

That's when Barrett plays the "don't you know who I am?" card ... saying, "I'm the quarterback of Ohio State ... officer, there's nothing you can do?"

The officer responds, "My intention is to not take you to jail. That's about the best I can do for you."

Once Barrett sits in the backseat of the cruiser, he begins to scream obscenities to himself ... "F**K!!! F**K!!!"

Eventually, he tells cops that fellow OSU quarterback Cardale Jones will be picking him up ... and the officers find that amusing. 

Earlier this week, Barrett pled guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence and his license was suspended for 180 days. 


Michael Phelps I Felt Like I Wanted to Die ... After DUI Arrest

11/10/2015 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1110-michael-phelps-getty-01Michael Phelps says he was "in a really dark place" and didn't want to be alive anymore after his 2014 DUI arrest ... but says he's cleaned himself up and insists he's swimming better than ever. 

The Olympic legend -- as well as his close friends and family members -- opened up to Sports Illustrated ... and painted a picture of a man who had a serious alcohol problem. 

"Honestly, I thought, the way he was going, he was going to kill himself," Phelps' longtime coach Bob Bowman said ... "Not take his own life, but something like the DUI, but worse."

Eventually, Phelps was convinced to enter rehab in Arizona -- where he spent 45 days -- and believes he's changed. 

In fact, Phelps says he's sworn off booze until at least after the 2016 Olympics in Rio -- after enduring years of working out with a hangover. 

"Haven’t had a single sip and will not have a sip. My body fat has dropped significantly, and I’m leaner than I’ve ever been."


Khloe Kardashian's BFF Malika Headed To AA After DUI Arrest

11/7/2015 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


A judge is already ordering Khloe Kardashian's best friend, Malika Haqq, to straighten up and get professional help after last month's DUI arrest.

TMZ has learned ... Malika was charged last week with 2 misdemeanors -- driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or above. At a court hearing, the judge ordered her to start attending 2 AA meetings a week during the lead up to her arraignment next week.

Our guess is Malika Uber'd to Kris' 60th birthday bash ... if she's smart.

Donovan McNabb Sentenced to 18 Days In Jail ... In DUI Conviction

11/6/2015 10:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Donovan McNabb was just sentenced to 18 days in jail ... after pleading GUILTY to DUI in his June 28th arrest in Arizona ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Court officials confirm .... the ex-NFL quarterback received the following sentence:

-- 18 days in county jail 

-- 72 days in home detention after jail

-- 30 hours of community service

-- Counseling after home detention

-- Unsupervised probation until he completes the sentence

-- ordered to pay a $6,342.23 fine

McNabb's attorney Thomas Connelly tells us the QB was granted a "work release"during his jail sentence ... which means he'll spend his nights behind bars and days out working in the free world. Unclear what his day job will be. He has to report to jail by the end of November. 

Connelly says McNabb has already completed 16 hours of alcohol counseling and insists that Donovan "already does hundreds of hours of community service each year so 30 will be no problem."

As we previously reported, McNabb was arrested in Gilbert, AZ after crashing into a car stopped at a red light. 

After the crash, cops say his blood alcohol level was .17 -- more than DOUBLE the legal limit. 

Cops also found a bottle of tequila in his trunk. 

At the time of the arrest, McNabb admitted he had been at a bar earlier in the night but said he wasn't drunk. When asked about the suspicious scent on his breath, McNabb told cops he had been taking cold medicine before the crash and had been sucking on cough drops. 

It was the 2nd time McNabb has been convicted of DUI in 2 years ... the first incident happened in 2013 and McNabb served 1 day in jail.  

Story developing ... 

Playboy Playmates Shannon Twins Injured in Car Wreck ... Kristina Busted for DUI

10/16/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1014-shannon-twins-launch-swipe_redoFormer Playboy Playmates Karissa and Kristina Shannon were rushed to the hospital Monday after a horrific accident where Kristina rolled their SUV ... and then got arrested for DUI. 

Sources close to the twins tell us they were on their way to get their nipples pierced (yes, really) when Kristina lost control of their G-Wagon in Beverly Hills. Karissa had to be pulled from the vehicle through the windshield and firefighters cut open the SUV's roof to rescue Kristina.

1014-sub-shannon-twin-car-sun-of-hollywood-01Law enforcement sources tell us the twins were taken to a local hospital for treatment. Amazingly, they made it out with just scratches and bruises. Kristina was cited for misdemeanor DUI while she was still in her hospital gown.

Sadly, getting wasted in public has kinda become the girls' thing lately. 

John Stamos Charged with DUI

10/15/2015 8:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1009-john-stamos-TMZ-01John Stamos is now officially charged with DUI ... TMZ has learned.

The L.A. County District Attorney charged Stamos with one count of DUI for his June 12 arrest in Beverly Hills. The charging docs don't mention what the actor was allegedly under the influence of ... but our sources tell us it was GHB and another non-narcotic drug. 

We broke the story ... Stamos was taking GHB, the so-called date rape drug, as a fitness supplement

The DUI charge carries a maximum 6 months in county jail, but since John is a first time offender he'll most likely just get probation.


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