US playwright, actor Sam Shepard arrested on drunken driving charge

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Actor Sam Shepard Arrested for Aggravated D.U.I..

New Mexico: Actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard was arrested in New Mexico on suspicion of drunken driving, police said on Tuesday. Known for roles in The Right Stuff, The Pelican Brief, Steel Magnolias and more recently as Beverly Weston from August: Osage County, the 71-year-old talent was hauled away after police were called by a security guard to check on an obviously impaired patron who was attempting to leave La Choza Restaurant in a blue Toyota Tacoma pick-up truck.A Santa Fe Magistrate Court judge refused to release actor/playwright Sam Shepard on no bond or own his own recognizance this afternoon, saying Shepard had a pending DWI case but his attorney Dan Cron said that was a mistake and that there is no pending case. Shepard, 71, told police he had consumed roughly two tequila drinks at a downtown Santa Fe restaurant on Monday evening, police spokeswoman Andrea Dobyns said.

Andrea Dobyns confirmed the identity of the driver to be Shepard, and stated the Bloodline co-star refused a Breathalyzer test, which automatically elevated the case against him from D.W.I. to aggravated D.U.I., according to the Santa Fe New Mexican. According to court documents, a 911 dispatcher told responding officers “that a male was trying drive away but the vehicle could not because the emergency brake was engaged,” according to a criminal complaint filed in court. At his plea hearing in that case, Shepard apologized to the judge and said he never intends to drive under the influence again, according to an Associated Press report. Andrea Dobyns. “The male was identified as Sam Shepard,” said Dobyns, who added that Shepard identified himself to officers. “The officers could smell alcohol and he appeared to have bloodshot watery eyes.” Shepard was given field sobriety tests “and based on the results he was arrested for DWI,” said Dobyns.

New York attorney Suzanne Phillips said she had done some work for Shepard in the past but “I don’t represent him in that capacity” when asked about his DWI arrest. Shepard was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1979 for his play “Buried Child.” He’s one of the most heralded writers of his generation, and among his other well-know plays are “True West,” “Fool for Love” and “Curse of the Starving Class.” He continues to produce plays and books, and his new “A Particle of Dread (Oedipus Variations)” was recently staged in New York. His Oscar nomination was for best supporting actor for his portrayal of pilot Chuck Yeager in the 1983 movie “The Right Stuff.” He also appeared in “Mud,” Baby Boom,” ”Steel Magnolias,” ”Thunderheart,” ”Black Hawk Down,” “Out of the Furnace” and “August: Osage County.” La Choza manager Al Romero said he was not present during the Monday night arrest but that an entry in the restaurant’s log stated there was “an issue with a gentleman that needed to be driven home.”

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