Actor Sam Shepard arrested on drunk driving charges
Sam Shepard has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The 71 year old Oscar-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright was stopped by police after getting a tip off from a security guard at a restaurant who said a man was having trouble driving away (because the emergency brake was still on).
A police spokesperson said, “Officers arrived on scene, found the male who was later identified as the actor Sam Shepard, attempting to drive away in the Toyota truck. Officers spoke to Mr. Shepard, and they smelled alcohol and had bloodshot watery eyes.”
Shepard told police that he had two tequila drinks at the restaurant and was trying to drive home.
He refused a breath test, they said. While he stepped out of his car and performed a field sobriety test, “officers observed enough clues that lead to his arrest.”
According to police, Shepard spent Monday night in jail, he was arraigned on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated DUI.
The actor was arrested back in 2009 on drunk driving charges shortly before splitting with longtime girlfriend, actress Jessica Lange.