Another Disney Star ... another substance abuse arrest .... "Lab Rats" star Billy Unger has been arrested for DUI.
The 18-year-old was driving on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu Saturday just after midnight when Sheriff's deputies pulled him over for speeding.
Deputies suspected Unger was under the influence. He blew a .08 -- barely the legal limit, but there's a special California law for drivers under the age of 21. If they have ANY alcohol in their system it's considered driving under the influence.
Unger was arrested, taken to jail and released.
Unger is now on a fairly long list of Disney stars with drug and alcohol problems. Others include Zac Efron, Mitchel Musso, Jake T. Austin, Orlando Brown, Kirsten Storms, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Shia LaBeouf, and of course ... Lindsay Lohan.
7:45 PM PT -- Billy issued a statement to TMZ thanking his fans for their support.
Busted for DUI
6/17/2014 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shannon Leto -- brother of Oscar-winning actor Jared and drummer for 30 Seconds to Mars -- was arrested Monday night for DUI ... TMZ has learned.
Leto was popped in Hollywood around 7:00 PM after cops spotted his car stalled on Fairfax Blvd. in Hollywood. According to law enforcement sources, cops thought Leto showed signs of impairment ... and arrested him.
We're also told Leto had an outstanding traffic warrant for driving without a license.
Leto is still in custody and being held on bail -- $5,000 for the DUI ... and $2,500 for unlicensed driving.
Richard Dreyfuss' Wife
Arrested for DUI
And Hit & Run
6/15/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Richard Dreyfuss' wife is allegedly following in his footsteps -- and not the Oscar winning ones -- TMZ has learned she got busted for drunk driving and hit-and-run.
Law enforcement sources tell us Svetlana Dreyfuss was arrested June 2 in Encinitas, CA after allegedly smashing her car into a wood fence, severing a high pressure water line, and then driving away from the scene. San Diego Co. Sheriff deputies caught up with her 2 miles away.
Svetlana tells us she believes she passed field sobriety tests -- however we're told she was booked for DUI as well as hit-and-run after the accident ... and the case has already been sent to the D.A.'s office.
Svetlana insists she only had one glass of wine before getting behind the wheel.
Richard has been sober since 1982 and often speaks to recovery groups. He's said he made the decision to get sober after blacking out while driving and wrapping his car around a tree.
Finally Cops Plea in DUI ...
Hang-Up Over Drug PSA
6/13/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber will plea bargain his Miami DUI case ... and we know the sticking point was an anti-drug public service announcement the judge wanted Bieber to make.
Bieber has been charged with DUI, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license. You'll recall cops claimed they caught him drag racing drunk in Miami Beach last January, but it turns out he was neither drag racing nor drunk. He did test positive for marijuana.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Bieber will plead guilty to reckless driving and the other charges will be dismissed. He'll pay a fine and attend anger management classes. He will NOT be placed on probation. We're told the deal will be entered in court the week after next.
There are 2 reasons the settlement took so long. First ... the judge wanted Biebs to produce, star in and pay for an anti-drug PSA. We're told both Bieber's lawyer and the prosecutor resisted because they felt it was inappropriate. We're told the judge eventually backed down.
The second reason for the delay ... prosecutors wanted Bieber to attend a drug/alcohol ed course, but Bieber's team did not feel their client had a substance abuse problem and taking courses is admission he has issues. In the end, prosecutors settled on an anger management course.
The biggest deal for Bieber ... he will not be placed on probation, meaning he will not risk falling into the Lindsay Lohan abyss every time he violates a law.
We're told Khalil -- who was also busted during the traffic stop for DUI -- will cop the same plea, except he won't have to attend classes.
Once Bieber and Khalil complete the requirements of the settlement, the reckless driving conviction will be wiped from their record.
His Wife is a Drunk
... And a Hypocrite
5/22/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper/pastor Mase believes his wife is such an embarrassment to their church, he's banished her from the pulpit ... and it all has to do with hitting the bottle.
Mase is now blocking Twyla Betha from spreading the gospel on their pulpit ... all because she was busted for DUI and pled guilty last month. She blew a .14 ... nearly twice the legal limit.
Mase apparently thinks drunk driving is blasphemy ... so he told Twyla to get flocked. And, we're told the church elders and parishioners think Twyla is a hypocrite because she preached that drunkenness is a sin ... which she committed, so they're down with the ban.
Mase filed for divorce in January ... we're told the drunk driving incident was the last straw for him.
8 Months in Jail
For Screwing Up
5/19/2014 12:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The judge just threw the book at Michael Lohan's baby mama Kate Major -- sentencing her to 8 months in jail for being a really drunk scofflaw.
Major was hauled off to lockup in Palm Beach Monday after pleading guilty. The DUI conviction triggered a probation violation, stemming from Major's 2012 battery case ... when she allegedly attacked a police officer in Boca Raton.
As a result, the judge revoked Major's probation and sentenced her to 8 months in jail ... with 70 days credit for time served. Major will begin serving the balance of her jail time immediately.
As we reported, Major was arrested for DUI in March ... the arrest video is legendary.
to DWI, Speeding
4/15/2014 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dina Lohan has something in common with her daughter Lindsay now ... after she pled guilty this morning to aggravated DWI and speeding in a Long Island courtroom ... TMZ has learned.
According to courtroom sources, Lohan must do 100 hours of community service. She is expected to have her license revoked and an interlock device will be installed in her vehicle.
We're told she must also attend a mandatory drinking and driving program, a victim impact panel and also pay the necessary fines and fees.
As TMZ previously reported, Lohan was busted last September with a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit.
Brooke Burke Charvet
I Drove into That Fence
4/3/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Brooke Burke Charvet was so afraid her car would veer into oncoming traffic yesterday, that she drove it up a hill and into a fence on purpose ... to avoid a bad accident.
Brooke got into a minor accident yesterday in Malibu and scratched up her sweet Maserati. Cops were suspicious enough that they gave her a field sobriety test.
But Brooke was stone cold sober, explaining the ABS system on her Maserati had failed. She said her only concern was for the safety of the small children in her car ... and that's why she drove it into a fence ... rather than risk hitting another car.
Brooke joked everything would have been fine if she had been driving her trusty Escalade ... which only reminds us again ... BUY AMERICAN.
Gets the Drunk Treatment
After Maserati Crash
4/2/2014 2:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Brooke Burke Charvet walked a thin line with police after her Maserati accident Wednesday AM -- she took a field sobriety test -- and TMZ has obtained the footage showing she's stone cold sober.
As we reported, cops suspected the actress might be under the influence after her Mas crashed up an embankment in Calabasas. She passed the field sobriety test with flying colors, but the video is great.
We're told Brooke blamed a faulty steering wheel for the crash.
Bangs Up Maserati
My Steering Wheel Screwed Me Over!
4/2/2014 9:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Brooke Burke Charvet crashed her Maserati early this morning, but TMZ has learned she's blaming the whole thing on a faulty steering wheel.
According to law enforcement sources, Brooke drove her car through a chain link fence in Calabasas early this morning. We're told the accident caused only mild damage to her pricey ride.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ they gave Brooke a field sobriety test on the scene ... and she passed with flying colors.
Our sources say she told police there was a problem with the steering, and that's what caused the crash.
DUI Case On Brink of Plea Deal
4/2/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber is about to score a very sweet plea deal in his Miami Beach DUI case ... TMZ has learned.
Sources familiar with the case tell TMZ ... prosecutors have backed off the DUI, resisting arrest and driving without a license charges, and they are working out a deal with Bieber's lawyers for the singer to plead no contest to reckless driving. The 3 charges will be dropped.
And this is the critical part ... prosecutors have backed off their demand for random drug testing ... something Bieber's lawyers would NEVER agree to for obvious reasons.
Bieber would not be entirely out of the woods ... he would be placed on probation -- it appears for 1 year -- which means he'd have to keep his nose clean.
We're told the deal could be finalized in days.
Ordered Into Rehab After DUI Plea
3/24/2014 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
David Cassidy's ass just got spanked by the legal system after pleading no contest to DUI -- the judge ordered him to enroll in a 90-day live-in rehab facility for alcohol abuse.
TMZ broke the story ... Cassidy was busted for DUI in L.A. back in January -- his third DUI arrest since 2010.
In addition to rehab, Cassidy was also sentenced to 60 months probation. He must also complete a 9-month alcohol program.
We were previously told Cassidy had enrolled in rehab last month. It's unclear if the judge will give him credit for his previous stint.
Cassidy had originally faced up to a year in jail -- so he should consider this a victory. Even if his wife still wants to divorce him.+
5:07 PM PT -- Cassidy's rep tells TMZ, the singer had already been enrolled in an inpatient rehab facility at the time of his sentencing today and the judge will be giving him credit for the 102 days he's served. We're told Cassidy will be transitioning into a monitored outpatient program (with a sober coach) early next month. The rep says, "David is very committed to his sobriety."
Paul Walker's Mom
My Granddaughter's Mom's an Alcoholic
I Want Guardianship
3/19/2014 5:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker's mother just filed court documents asking for guardianship of Paul's 15-year-old daughter ... because the real mom has a serious drinking problem.
Cheryl Walker claims in her docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Meadow and her mom, Rebecca Soteros, are already living with her but Rebecca can't care for her daughter because of her alcoholism.
As we previously reported ... Rebecca has 2 DUIs -- one in 2003 and another last year. We're told Meadow moved from Hawaii -- where Rebecca lived -- to live with Paul 3 years before he died because of her mom's problems with alcohol.
Cheryl says she's more than qualified -- she's raised 4 kids, she's a registered nurse and is a loving person.
Paul had said in his will he wanted his mom to be Meadow's guardian ... so this is clearly in line with what he wanted.
One other note ... the legal docs say Paul's estate is worth $16 MILLION ... a lot less than previously filed legal docs estimating his worth at around $25 mil.