Drinking and driving is not only illegal, but it is dangerous and can result in the loss of lives, even your own. Because of their public visibility, there have been a number of celebrities who have been in the news for being arrested for a DUI. (Driving Under the Influence) Below is a list of celebrities who have been arrested for DUI:
Richie Sambora: Bon Jovi guitarist, Richie Sambora, was arrested for drunk driving in Laguna Beach, California on March 25 2008. His BAC was reportedly .13%. His daughter and another child were in the car at the time of the arrest. Sambora and Prosecutors made a deal that called for Sambora to plead no contest to driving with blood alcohol content above the legal limit. In exchange the district attorney dropped the more serious charge of California DUI. Sambora also was ordered to complete a three month alcohol awareness class and pay court fees.
Stephanie Pratt: One of the star’s of the MTV reality show, ‘The Hills,’ Stephanie Pratt was arrested for driving under the influence in Los Angeles on October 18, 2009. She was pulled over in Hollywood about 3:45 am and booked for suspicion of California DUI. She posted $5000 bond and was released on Sunday.
Charles Barkley: Former NBA player Charles Barkley was arrested for DUI in Gilbert Arizona on December 31, 2008. Barkley was stopped by police for running a red light in Old Town Scottsdale. His blood alcohol content was reportedly .149%. Barkley pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 10 days in jail; however, five of those days will be suspended if Barkley completes an alcohol treatment program. He was also fined more than $2,000. Barkley was a member of the Phoenix Suns in the NBA and is at present, a sports analyst for TNT.
Chad Kroeger: Nickelback band lead singer Chad Kroeger was arrested in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in June 2006 for DUI. Kroeger was stopped for speeding in his Lamborghini. The officers detected alcohol and administered a breathalyzer test. Kroger’s blood alcohol level registered .14% and he was charged with drunk driving. He lost his driver’s license for one year and was fined $590.
Mel Gibson: On July 28, 2006, actor and film producer Mel Gibson was arrested in Malibu California for driving under the influence. Gibson entered a no contest plea to the CA DUI charges. He was sentenced to three years probation and fined $1,300. He also had his license suspended for 90 days and was ordered to enroll in an alcohol abuse program and attend Alcoholic Anonymous meetings.
Khloe Kardashian: Reality television show star Khloe Kardashian, star of ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians,’ was arrested in 2007 for driving under the influence in California. Kardashian was sentenced to 36 months of probation and was required to complete community service and attend alcohol education classes. Because she failed to do both, Kardashian was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but only spent five hours incarcerated due to overcrowding in the jail. Khloe Kardashian was also on the television show, ‘The Celebrity Apprentice.’
It is important not to follow the example of celebrities who drink and drive. You could receive a big fine, lose, your license, and possibly go to jail. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Traffic Safety Data, “In 2008, an estimated 11,773 people died in drunken driving related crashes.”