Where there's smoke ... TMZ has learned, Ex-Disney star Jake T. Austin was busted for DUI just last month in the SAME CAR that was involved in the 4-car hit-and-run crash this morning.
Law enforcement sources tell us, Austin was arrested October 8th by the CHP after being pulled over for driving at night without headlights. We're told police officers smelled booze as they approached his vehicle, administered a field sobriety test and Austin did poorly.
According to sources, 18-year-old Austin blew a .08 and was arrested. He has since been charged with DUI and has a court date scheduled for TOMORROW.
At the time he was busted, Austin was driving the 2010 Audi with New York plates -- the same car that slammed into multiple cars early this morning.
The driver allegedly threw a vodka bottle out of the car and then left before cops arrived. There's no way cops can arrest the driver for DUI, but it's definitely a case of felony hit-and-run.
An eyewitness just told us on TMZ Live ... she is "100%" that the driver of the hit-and-run is Austin. She says other witnesses are just as sure.
Jake T. Austin
Ex-Disney Star Named
in Nasty Hit-n-Run Crash
11/19/2013 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jake T. Austin -- who starred as Max Russo on the hit Disney show "Wizards of Waverly Place" -- was involved in a bizarre 4-car hit-and-run crash this morning ... and TMZ has the pics.
Here's what we know -- a 2010 Audi with NY plates slammed into 3 parked cars on a street in Sherman Oaks, CA around 3AM Tuesday morning. The cars suffered major damage.
According to an official incident report, obtained by TMZ, the Audi is registered to 18-year-old Austin (real name Jake Szymanski). It's unclear if Austin was driving the car at the time of the wreck.
Witnesses tell TMZ ... after the driver hit the parked cars, someone in the ride threw a bottle of Ciroc at a nearby property. One witness tells us the driver and his passengers called a black car service to come pick them up before cops arrived to the scene. The witness described one of the guys as a white male with dark hair who looked really young and acted really drunk.
Once officers arrived, they saw the wrecked Audi, along with the path of destruction -- but no Jake -- and issued a document to one of the people who suffered damage, which explained that the incident was being handled as a hit-and-run.
The document also shows the Audi is registered to Austin.
We spoke with cops -- who tell us they're currently investigating the situation. So far, no arrests have been made.
Jimmie Johnson to McNabb:
YOU'RE WRONG ABOUT RACING
Drivers Are Athletes ... And I'll Whoop Your Ass
11/18/2013 4:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jimmie Johnson tells TMZ Sports ... Donovan McNabb was talking out of his ass when the QB said race car drivers aren't athletes ... and JJ says he'll crush him on the track to prove it.
Of course, the racing world went crazy this weekend ... when DM went on Fox Sports 1 and told Erin Andrews, "Do I think [JJ's] an athlete? Absolutely not."
FYI -- ESPN ran a Sports Science special on racing back in 2011 and said that testing proved race car drivers have some of the best reaction times, endurance, strength and concentration in any sport.
So, the question ...
Bangs into Car, Chews Out Reporter
11/15/2013 3:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Alec Baldwin just got into his THIRD angry confrontation today -- screaming at a female reporter, demanding cops arrest her ... and then hitting a parked car while trying to drive away.
It's unclear exactly what set off Alec this time -- but his car was surrounded by reporters and photographers ... and he yells, "F**k you" to one reporter as he storms away and jumps in his car.
Watch the clip -- after the accident ... Alec wants cops to arrest the reporter he's got the beef with, but as far as we know no one was arrested.
This is getting crazy.
12:15 PM PT -- Now we know why Alec went after the reporter ... his wife, Hilaria, dropped a dime. Watch this clip from FOX5 in NYC, at the very beginning you hear Hilaria say, "That's the one that almost hit me" -- and then Alec goes off.
Horrific Car Crash
Eyes Allegedly Off the Road
11/13/2013 10:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"The Goldbergs" star Hayley Orrantia put a 23-year-old man in ICU with a brain injury recently after T-boning his car at a high speed -- allegedly while taking her eyes off the road.
19-year-old Orrantia had been filming all night on Sept. 28, the day of the accident. The other driver's family says she ran a red light while checking the GPS on her phone, and then plowed into Ryan Houghton's car.
We're told Houghton was rushed to a nearby hospital with multiple injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, and remained in the ICU for a week. He is now in a rehab facility.
Houghton's family is currently soliciting donations online to help pay his medical bills.
Drugs and alcohol are believed NOT to have been factors in the crash. Law enforcement sources tell us Hayley was cited for running a red light.
Orrantia's lawyer tells TMZ, "The Police record will speak for itself, Hayley was not touching the GPS when she was driving and the allegations are coming from people who were not in the vehicle nor present at the scene at the time."
Pulled Over on L.A. Freeway
11/12/2013 1:40 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian was just pulled over on an L.A. freeway -- and it caused total pandemonium.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Kim was pulled over for speeding while trying to evade multiple cars driven by paparazzi (not TMZ).
According to sources, the paps (roughly 5 cars total) had been chasing after Kim, and once she was pulled over, they jumped out of their cars IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FREEWAY to snap photos of Kim in her car ... resulting in tons of traffic.
We're told a paparazzi helicopter was even hovering overhead.
And police are PISSED -- our law enforcement sources are saying the paps endangered multiple lives with their risky photography, including Kim's, other drivers on the road, and the officers involved.
We're told the California Highway Patrol cited one photog for speeding and the rest got away. According to sources, the CHP is now looking into the incident further to see if the case can be sent for further prosecution. As one source said, "They're not getting away with this."
Kim didn't get away scot-free though -- we're told she was cited for speeding too.
... In Beverly Hills
11/10/2013 7:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
For that football dude Richie ... Incognito is more than just a name -- it's now a lifestyle.
Jay Glazer -- who interviewed the troubled NFL'er for FOX NFL Sunday's pre-game show -- tells TMZ Richie has not left his swanky hotel suite in Bev Hills since blowing into town Friday.
It's interesting ... Richie is not one to live on the downlow. If you have doubts about that check out the Ferrari he bought right after all the hazing stuff became public.
It seems Richie is feeling the heat or he's having a massive party in his room.
Stopped for Tinted Windows
Busted for Drunk Driving
11/9/2013 3:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Anthony Mackie -- who has appeared in numerous big movies including "8 Mile," "Hurt Locker" and "Gangster Squad," was arrested Saturday morning for drunk driving ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... Mackie was driving in NYC at around 1:30 when cops pulled him over for tinted windows. We're told when they approached the driver's side they noticed Mackie had bloodshot, watery eyes and they smelled booze.
Mackie flunked several field sobriety tests and was then cuffed and taken to a nearby police station where he was booked.
Mackie refused to submit to a blood-alcohol test. For that, he'll have his license automatically suspended.
Slams L.A. Freeway Workers
You're All Lazy Aholes!!!
11/8/2013 7:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The guys working on L.A.'s famously crowded 405 Freeway are all a bunch of lazy, unproductive pissbags who are SCREWING millions of commuters every single day ... so says legendary sitcom creator Chuck Lorre.
FYI -- the 405 has been under construction for years (you may have heard about Carmageddon in 2011 and 2012) ... and Monday night, Lorre unleashed the fury that had been building for years in a Vanity Card that aired during the CBS shows "Big Bang Theory" and "Mom."
The card reads, "Dear Guys Working on the 405 Freeway, How's it going? I only ask because you started work over five years ago to add more lanes and, well... there aren't any."
"I've also noticed that on most days you're not actually doing anything. Is it possible you've grown bored with the project?"
Lorre continues, "From my untrained eye, you appear to be understaffed. Perhaps you might consider hiring a few thousand more guys and work in 'round the clock shifts, instead of, you know, just when you feel like it. Also, to avoid angry commuters flipping you off, how about giving them a heads up when you close an off ramp for no apparent reason? (Maybe a few miles in advance instead of a hundred yards.) And finally, I need to ask a small favor. Several times a week I crawl along the ol' 4-nication-05 with a bladder that is near to bursting."
"How about we work out a system where I, and other urinary-challenged drivers, get to pull over and share your port-a-potties? Maybe we can repay your hospitality by bringing you fresh magazines to read while you're in there working."
Pretty aggressive -- and the freeway project is reportedly more than 16 months behind schedule -- but is it justified?
Lorre's no stranger to conflict -- he famously battled with Charlie Sheen back in 2011 and recently felt Roseanne's wrath when she blasted him on Twitter for allegedly stealing one of her jokes.
JACKS PATROL BICYCLE
Busted Immediately [Video]
11/8/2013 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber jacked a bicycle from a security guard in a Vegas casino ... AND GOT CAUGHT BY A COUPLE OF GIANT GOONS ... and TMZ has footage of the entire botched heist.
It all went down at The Palms Casino Resort on September 14 ... when JB and his crew were in town to watch the Floyd Mayweather fight.
Bieber entered the building through an employee entrance and stumbled upon a patrol bicycle in the hallway -- so, he took it.
Security footage shows Justin joyriding the bike through the halls -- while a security guard chased after him in an effort to get the bike back.
Eventually, a couple of bigger security guys -- dressed in suits (so you know they're not f**kin around) -- cornered Justin in the hallway and forced the pop star to hand over the stolen property.
We're told security gave Justin a stern talking to and eventually let him go.
Cops Plea In Hit-And-Run
11/7/2013 11:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Emmylou Harris has new material for her next hit ... she just pled no contest in her hit-and-run case.
Harris allegedly hit a car on an LA freeway back in October, 2012 and then sped off. Her defense -- she didn't realize she had struck another car. Yeah, it's thin.
Harris just pled no contest to a lesser crime -- failing to provide information to the other driver at the scene of an accident. She was also ordered to pay $5k to the victim by the end of the week.
The crime is an infraction, so Harris will not even be placed on probation.
Sounds like a good song to us.
‘Million Dollar Listing’ Star Josh Altman
Crashes Range Rover into House of Blues
11/6/2013 12:29 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Josh Altman – star of "Million Dollar Listing" – crashed his Range Rover into some prime real estate this morning ... the House of Blues on Sunset Blvd. ... TMZ has learned.
We know ... at least 3 cars were involved in the accident -- and several witnesses are saying it was all caused by a 4th car that made a dangerous turn across busy Sunset Blvd. traffic.
TMZ spoke with Josh's brother Matt who tells us ... the dangerous turn caused the driver of a red Honda to slam on the brakes. The Honda was hit by a taxi van, which was hit by Josh's Range Rover.
We're told Josh tried to swerve around the taxi ... but ended up clipping the car and slamming into the House of Blues.
Cops responded to the scene. We're told they're currently looking into the situation.
Fortunately, Josh didn't appear hurt in the crash and nobody involved suffered any serious injuries.
As for the HOB, we're told management is making plans to repair the damage ASAP and no shows will be cancelled as a result of the incident.
Get Off the Road!
Busted Behind Wheel Again
11/4/2013 5:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Rapper DMX needs a professional driver to keep him out of jail -- he just got arrested ... again ... for three offenses while driving at the airport in South Carolina.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... DMX -- aka Earl Simmons -- was pulled over by cops at the airport in Spartanburg, SC and nailed for driving on a suspended license, driving while uninsured, and driving an unlicensed vehicle.
A rep for the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport says officers noticed DMX as soon as he pulled up to the terminal -- and were apparently well versed on his track record.
X is familiar with the suspended license charge -- he's been slapped with that one multiple times. His most recent busts were for allegedly possessing weed (in Aug.) ... and an alleged DUI (in July).
DMX is still in custody, and will have to see a judge -- with whom he's probably on a first name basis -- before he can get out.