The plucky star of such hits as “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Wedding Crashers” and “True Detective” was recently pulled over near Los Angeles and arrested for drunk driving, along with resisting, delaying or obstructing officers. An unidentified male passenger was also arrested, charged with obstruction and public intoxication.
Vaughn was stopped at around 12:30 a.m. on June 10th by a DWI checkpoint.
A spokesperson for the Manhattan Beach Police Department later somewhat clarified Vaughn’s charge of resisting, delaying or obstructing officers. He explained that the actor, director and producer was not “fighting with officers, but more of delaying the investigation.”
“There was no officer use of force or anything like that,” he added.
Both Vaughn and his passenger were taken to jail. No details about bail were released to reporters as of press time, and Vaughn’s representatives did not respond immediately to CNN’s requests for a comment.
Late-night hours are a common time for people to be caught driving drunk — but the police won’t take that as an excuse. However common, in Texas a DWI charge can result in:
- Jail time, even for a first offense
- Fines, surcharges and court costs
- A minimum 90-day license suspension
- DWI education or intervention programs
- Community service
- Possible ignition interlock requirement
- Skyrocketing insurance rates
- Damage to your reputation
If you are arrested at a DWI checkpoint, don’t give up hope. The situation is serious, but panic will not help you. Hiring an experienced defense lawyer can be of real assistance. Your attorney is dedicated to getting your charges reduced or dismissed, and there are reasons why checkpoint arrests can be legally problematic. And, as with any drunk driving charge, there may be strategies available that can limit the damage.