Sam Shepard Arrested For Drunk Driving In Santa Fe

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Sam Shepard Drunk Driving

By Michael Lewittes

Sam Shepard Drunk Driving

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Sam Shepard was arrested for drunk driving after leaving the Santa Fe, New Mexico restaurant La Choza on Monday, Gossip Cop confirms. According to the Santa Fe police, an employee of the restaurant called the cops when Shepard tried to drive away in his pickup after boozing at La Choza. When the police picked up the actor and playwright, the cops say they could “smell alcohol” on him and that he had “bloodshot” and “watery eyes.”

Shephard, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his play “Buried Child” and has acted in such films as Blackhawk Down, The Right Stuff, and Swordfish, refused a Breathalyzer. He did, however, take a field sobriety test, which he failed. He was then arrested and put in a local jail.

This is the second time Shepard has been busted for drunk driving. He was arrested in 2009 in Normal, Illinois, with a blood-alcohol level that was twice the legal limit. At that time, Shepard was fined $600, was sentenced to 100 hours of community service, and needed complete an alcohol treatment program. Gossip Cop has reached out to a rep for Shepard, but has yet to hear back.

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