Gone are the days when a celebrity would be embarrassed to get any bad publicity. Today, the worse the incident, the more the publicity. It looks like the the new trend is getting caught driving under the influence. It almost seems like getting a DUI is what some celebs are doing when they need to revive their careers; get people to talk about them when they have something new to promote. Or perhaps they just flat out have a drug and/or alcohol problem. Celebrities getting DUI’s has been happening for decades now. So, is the real trend that many celebs have genuine substance and alcohol abuse problems and it’s not just for the publicity. Regardless, getting caught seems to be no big deal and it usually goes one of two ways: it gets swept under the rug or celebs become repeat offenders. Below is a list of a few celebrities that have overindulged and got caught.
15. Paris Hilton
We should all try using hunger as an excuse if we ever get pulled over for a DUI. Paris Hilton did, and it kind of worked out for her. The “actress”, socialite and sometimes DJ has had multiple run-ins with the law, including a 2006 incident where she was pulled over for speeding after leaving a friend’s event. Hilton defended her arrest stating that she hadn’t eaten all day and was in a hurry to get a burger. She only had a blood alcohol level of .08, but nonetheless, it managed to impair her driving… and zero tolerance is zero tolerance. Hilton’s attorney also defended the incident stating, “she’s been known to have a drink or two”. Ah, okay. Guess that makes it copacetic.
14. Stephanie Pratt
When the reality TV well dries up, what can get you attention almost immediately? Oh, of course, a DUI. When Spencer’s sister was pulled over after partying hard her lawyer’s first argued that she was pulled over because of her tinted windows. The second reason he gave for her failing the field sobriety test was that her heels were four inches high and she was having a hard time walking. Hmmm, sounds… honestly, quite plausible (have you ever tried to walk in 4-inch heels?) Needless to say, no one believed her or her lawyer. Soon after Pratt conveniently released a statement stating that she would be refraining from drinking. Wow, what a convenient time to make that decision.
13. John Stamos
Uncle Jesse broke all our hearts in 2015 when he was arrested for drinking and driving. Initially taken to a hospital fearing he had a medical condition, the police quickly learned that he was just plain drunk and possibly under the influence of some form of medication. He was eventually charged with one count of driving under the influence. However, Stamos quickly rectified the situation by checking himself into a rehab facility. For him personally, that’s a great decision. For the police, they didn’t care much. He almost received six months in jail for his reckless behavior. Maybe his light bulb idea to go to rehab was what saved him.
12. Kevin Hart
As bad as it sounds, it seems like Kevin Hart’s DUI was filled with silly jokes and hilarious impersonations. Hart is after all very funny. Despite that, there is nothing funny about getting pulled over for going over 90mph on the CHP and almost slamming his car into the back of a tanker truck. Hart blew a .15 which is obviously way over the legal limit. He was charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence. Luckily for him, he didn’t have to do any jail time. Kevin normally portrays himself as the type of guy who looks the bright side of any situation. Let’s see what jokes will ensue from this unfortunate incident.
11. Michelle Rodriguez
Where do we begin with actress Michelle Rodriguez? She clearly has no problem drinking and driving, so much so that she got caught twice. Once on the beautiful island of Hawaii and again in LA. Rodriguez has never shied away from run-ins with the law and had many back to back incidents between 2004 to 2007, getting sentenced for everything from probation, an ankle monitor and even 60 days in jail for which she served 4 hours and 27 minutes. She has never given a complete explanation for any of her DUI’s, but thankfully has managed to keep a clean record for the last 10 years.
10. Chris Pine
Is it just us or is Chris Pine wayyy too good-looking to be caught making such a stupid mistake as drunk driving? Guess we were wrong. Pine was caught acting a fool and drunk driving in New Zealand while on break from filming Z for Zachariah. You’re probably wondering what kind of bartender would let such a famous patron leave the bar so inebriated. Apparently, no one suspected Pine was drunk but his blood alcohol level of .11 percent told a different story. The actor was eventually fined $93 New Zealand dollars ($79 American dollars) and of course, his New Zealand license was suspended. Not that it matters since he headed back to the US shortly thereafter.
9. Michael Phelps
It could be safe to say that Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps gave everyone the shock of their lives back in September 2014. Phelps was caught drunk driving in Baltimore with a .14 percent blood alcohol level; not the smartest thing to do for this gold medalist. Phelps managed to avoid one year jail sentence, and instead was put on probation for 18-months. The swimmer recently admitted to being extremely embarrassed of his poor judgement stating that he was in a downward spiral during that time. Phelps seems to be on the up and up lately; he checked into rehab for 45 days, his girlfriend recently had a baby and he competed in the Olympics again.
8. Justin Bieber
Canadian bad boy Justin Bieber has the happiest mug shot anyone has ever seen. As if being arrested is the best thing that can happen to you. Bieber was arrested in January 2014 after failing a field sobriety test when he was caught driving erratically. It turns out he was participating in some light drag racing with a friend/squad member. To add insult to injury, Bieber’s crew apparently set up the entire situation by blocking off the street so he could have a little bit of selfish fun. Perhaps Bieber was trying to impress his then somewhat girlfriend, Chantel Jeffries but honestly it looks more like it was just a case of Bieber being Bieber.
7. Reese Witherspoon
“You’re about to find out who I am” threatened actress Reese Witherspoon when she and her husband Jim Toth were pulled over back in 2013 for driving under the influence. Unfortunately, for Witherspoon she picked the worst time to be arrested. Dash cams are a thing now and she fell prey to the mandatory on duty recording of every incident. Witherspoon was also charged with disorderly conduct due to her insanely dramatic outburst and berating of the police officer. Since then she has acknowledged her mistake and apologized time and time again but all we can think is “wow, she really deserves whatever Oscar she can get for that performance”.
6. Flo Rida
It’s probably not the best idea to continue making songs about partying, drinking and enjoying life to the fullest once you have a DUI under your belt. This is exactly what rapper Flo Rida did after his 2011 DUI arrest. And, if that wasn’t enough, he did again, getting another DUI in 2016 after releasing more songs about partying it up. He blew over the legal limit at .185 while driving with a suspended license. The police said he had blood-shot, watery eyes and slurred speech and reeked of alcohol. Flo Rida was given a field sobriety test TWICE . He finally admitted he couldn’t complete it and then told the officer that he lives just over the bridge and that he can “make it home”. Needless to say, he ended up at the Dade Correctional Dept.
5. Jaime Pressly
Actress Jaime Pressly blew a .22 back in January 2011 when she was pulled over after a police officer assumed she was driving under the influence. One would assume that she would never want such a public and embarrassing situation to happen again. Wrong. Pressly was again pulled over again in September of 2016 after she allegedly committed a traffic violation. After a failing a sobriety test, she was booked and put in a Santa Monica jail, where they left her to sober up. She pleaded not guilty to 2 misdemeanor DUI charges and luckily for her got off with probation and mandatory AA meetings. Pressly admitted that she is worried about her reputation now that she has 2 mug shots out there for the same incident. Our advice to her, stay home.
4. Heather Locklear
Melrose Place star Heather Locklear brought some drama back into her life when she was caught driving under the influence in 2008. Apparently, Locklear loves her prescription meds. Just before the incident took place, Locklear was in a facility in Arizona getting treatment for severe anxiety and depression. She is no stranger to getting in trouble with the law; she and ex-husband Richie Sambora have had their fair share of incidents. Things are looking up though; fresh out of rehab, she was recently spotted with her ex and her daughter in Hawaii looking happy and healthy. The DUI drama may finally be behind the former actress.
3. Amanda Bynes
In 2014, during the height of her public drama, former child actress Amanda Bynes was arrested for a DUI in the wee hours of the morning. It was quickly determined that she was under the influence of a controlled substance and Bynes was held at $15,000 bail. However, this was not her first DUI charge. that’s right, we have a repeat offender here: Bynes was arrested in 2012 for driving under the influence, she was also placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold in 2014 AND was previously arrested for reckless endangerment. Whew, that’s a mouthful. She seems to be doing better these days but, we can’t help but wonder what and when her next incident will be.
2. Mischa Barton
We all know actress Mischa Barton is little miss messy boots; it’s like she keeps going downhill. She hasn’t had a notable acting gig in years and to top it off, every time she is in the media it is for a crazy incident that involves her either being arrested or acting foolishly after a party. In 2007, at the tender and legal age of 21, Barton managed to get pulled over when she failed to signal a turn. She was then arrested for being under the influence and driving without a valid license. Looks like her and her TV character Marissa Cooper have more in common than we thought.
1. Chris Soules
The latest “celebrity” to have a run in with the bottle and getting behind the wheel is former Bachelor and DWTS star, Chris Soules. On April 25 of this year, Soules was arrested for driving under the influence shortly after tragic car accident. Not only did the victim pass away, but more and more information is being released about what happened at that fatal incident. Soules was briefly jailed and let out on bail. So far, Soules has admitted to purchasing alcohol just before the accident and to leaving the scene of the accident after calling the police. Soules is probably in for a long, drawn out court battle. Don’t think he will be able to dance his way out of this one.