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Famous Under The Influence: 19 Celebrities Who Got DUIs

In this handout photo provided by Miami-Dade Police Department, pop star Justin Bieber poses for a booking photo at the Miami-Dade Police Department on January 23, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Justin Bieber was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license after Miami Beach Police found the pop star street racing on Thursday morning.
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Mar. 25 2020, Updated 2:33 p.m. ET

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Sometimes celebrities find themselves far from their PR person's dream and wind up jailed for driving under the influence. From Justin Bieber to Kiefer Sutherland, many celebs have been pulled over for getting behind the wheel when they just shouldn’t have.

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Every star treats the situation differently. Some celebs pay hefty fines, and others trade community service for jail time (here’s looking at you, Michelle Rodriguez). Some decided to insult groups of people (Mel Gibson, anyone?) and some got into naked screaming matches (cough, Randy Travis).

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In their wake, these celebs left mug shots — the only kind of headshot that actors hate. Settle back and see which celebs landed DUIs, fines and prison.

1. Justin Bieber.

In this handout photo provided by Miami-Dade Police Department, pop star Justin Bieber posed for a booking photo at the Miami-Dade Police Department on January 23, 2014 in Miami, Florida. Justin Bieber was charged with drunken driving, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license after Miami Beach Police found the pop star street racing on Thursday morning.
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Justin Bieber was only 19 when he got his first DUI and, according to The Guardian, also got popped for resisting arrest and driving without a valid license in Miami Beach. The Miami Beach police chief said that Bieber was "a little belligerent, using some choice words" upon arrest. He pled guilty to the charges.

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2. Lindsay Lohan.

LOS ANGELES - MAY 02: This composite image compares the six booking photos of actress Lindsay Lohan. ***TOP LEFT PHOTO*** SANTA MONICA, CA - JULY 24: In this handout photo provided by the Santa Monica Police Department, Lindsay Lohan appears in a booking photo on July 24, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Santa Monica Police Department via Getty Images) ***TOP CENTER PHOTO*** LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 15: In this handout photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, actress Lindsay Lohan poses for a booking photo after being arrested on DUI charges at Lynwood jail on November 15, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images) ***TOP RIGHT PHOTO*** LYNWOOD, CA - JULY 20: In this booking photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Lindsay Lohan is seen at the Lynwood Correctional Facility on July 20, 2010 in Lynwood, California. (Photo by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images) ***BOTTOM LEFT PHOTO*** LYNWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 24: In this booking photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Lindsay Lohan is seen at the Lynwood Correctional Facility on September 24, 2010 in Lynwood, California. (Photo by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images) ***BOTTOM CENTER PHOTO*** LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 19: In this booking photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Lindsay Lohan is seen in a mug shot October 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department via Getty Images) ***BOTTOM RIGHT PHOTO*** SANTA MONICA, CA - MARCH 19: In this booking photo provided by the Santa Monica Police Department, actress Lindsay Lohan is seen at the Santa Monica Police Station on March 19, 2013 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Santa Monica Police Department via Getty Images)
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Lindsay Lohan is no stranger to arrest — in fact, her various mugshots can be arranged into a montage. According to the Crime Museum, Lohan was arrested for a DUI in May 2007. Two months later and she was arrested again for another DUI as well as cocaine possession and driving with a suspended license. She pled guilty to misdemeanor cocaine use and driving under the influence.

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3. Paris Hilton.

In this photo made available by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department June 4, 2007, Paris Hilton is seen in her booking photo.
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According to E! News, Paris Hilton was arrested on suspicion of a DUI in September 2006. She apparently told police that she’d had a single margarita on an empty stomach before heading out to find food at an In-N-Out burger. Hilton finally pleaded down to reckless driving and was fined $1,500, ordered to attend alcohol-education classes and put on a three-year probation.

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4. Mischa Barton.

In this handout image provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, actress Mischa Barton poses for her mug shot December 27, 2007. Barton was arrested driving under the influence overnight.
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On December 27, 2007 at 2:26 p.m., when most of the world was in bed asleep, Mischa Barton was pulled over after police noticed her straddling two lanes of traffic and failing to signal on a turn. According to People, Barton later told Ryan Seacrest that “I’m really disappointed in myself. I don’t know what to say about it, except that I’m not perfect, and I just don’t ever intend to do something this stupid again.”

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5. Michelle Rodriguez.

In this handout image provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, actress Michelle Rodriguez posed for her mug shot photo after she checked into the Los Angeles Century Regional Detention Facility December 23, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. Rodriguez is sentanced for a 180 days prison term for a probation violation in a hit-and-run case.
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According to People, after Michelle Rodriguez was pulled over in December 2005 for a DUI, she told a cop, “I don’t (expletive) belong here! Why don’t you just put a gun to my head and shoot me!” Turns out that this wasn’t her first dance with cars and police. According to Reuters, Rodriguez earned herself a previous DUI in 2003 as well as a hit-and-run that, after violating probation, ultimately resulted in a 180-day sentence in 2007.

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6. Nicole Richie.

Nicole Richie is pictured in this image provided by the Glendale Police Department December 11, 2006 in Glendale, California. Richie was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence early Monday in Burbank, California after she was allegedly driving the wrong way on the 134 freeway.
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Nicole Richie received her DUI in 2006 when driving through Burbank. She wasn't just driving through it but driving the wrong way down a major freeway. According to E!, a CHP officer said "She's very lucky. And we're very lucky nobody was killed today." Her father Lionel Richie must have been dancing on the ceiling with relief. Richie pled guilty to the charges.

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7. Amanda Bynes.

In this handout image provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, actress Amanda Bynes is seen in a police booking photo April 6, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. Bynes was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
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In 2014, Amanda Bynes was arrested for driving under the influence. According to CNN, she had stopped for a red light — the correct thing for any driver to do — but Bynes decided to stop in the middle of the intersection which sort of missed the point. The CHP arrest report noted that Bynes had a "disheveled appearance," but also notes that she was cooperative. The Los Angeles city attorney decided not to pursue the DUI charge and Bynes wasn’t prosecuted.

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8. Tiger Woods.

In this handout photo provided by The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, golfer Tiger Woods is seen in a police booking photo after his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) May 29, 2017 in Jupiter, Florida. Woods has been released on his own recognizance.
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According to Golf Digest, Tiger Woods was arrested in 2017 for a DUI. Woods maintained alcohol was not involved and that the DUI charge stemmed from "an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications." The police report confirmed Woods' blood-alcohol level was .000 in both tests taken. Police found him asleep at the wheel of his running car but stopped in the right lane at 2:03 a.m. Woods pled guilty to reckless driving.

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9. Nick Carter.

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter was arrested by California cops in March 2005 and charged with drunk driving.
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Nick Carter, who was one of the Backstreet Boys, was booked on a DUI charge in 2005 according to People. Carter was 25 at the time of his arrest and blamed prescription medication as the culprit. According to Billboard, after pleading guilty Carter was ordered into a three-month alcohol treatment program.

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10. Aaron Carter.

In this handout photo provided by the Habersham Co Sheriff Office, Singer Aaron Carter poses for his booking photo after being charged for marijuana possession and suspicion of driving under the influence on July 15, 2017 in Clarkesville, Georgia.
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Just over a decade later and Aaron Carter, the younger brother of Nick, was booked for suspicion of a DUI and marijuana possession. According to USA Today, police saw Carter behind the wheel driving “all over the road,” but according to Aaron Carter, the cops arrested him for becoming belligerent in an AutoZone store. Brother Nick tweeted out a message of support but Carter didn’t care for it, responding through a rep that “if my own blood (Nick) truly cared about my well-being, why wouldn’t he call me directly and have a conversation instead of making this about him through a very public forum?"

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11. Mel Gibson.

In this Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department booking photo, actor Mel Gibson has his police mug shot taken July 28, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. Gibson was arrested July 28, 2006 for drunk driving after he was caught speeding and had a blood alcohol reading of 0.12 percent according to authorities.
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In 2006, Mel Gibson was charged with misdemeanor drunk driving in Malibu. According to CNN, Gibson enquired as to whether the arresting officer was Jewish, adding, "F---ing Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.” Spoiler: Jewish people are not responsible for all the wars in the world — but words like that are. He plead no contest and was sentenced to three years probation.

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12. Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey, Jr. posed for a police mug shot April 24, 2001 in Culver City, CA. The actor was arrested by officers of the Culver City Police Department for being under the influence of a controlled substance.
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Robert Downey Jr. is no stranger to law enforcement. Just one of his colorful meetings with police included a DUI in 1996 that, according to CNN, included possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle with a prior conviction and use of a controlled substance. In 2015 he received a full and unconditional pardon from then California Governor Jerry Brown.

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13. Natasha Lyonne.

Natasha Lyonne appeared in a Miami-Dade jail mug shot taken as she is booked August 28, 2001 after she was arrested in the early morning of August 27, 2001 and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident after she crashed her rental car into a road sign in Miami Beach, Florida.
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The star of Netflix’s Russian Doll, Natasha Lyonne, got a DUI in 2001 when, according to Entertainment Weekly, she hit a sign and a bush outside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach, causing $2,500 in damages. She then fled the scene. When eventually arrested, Lyonne allegedly told police, “I’m a movie star. Can I talk to my entertainment lawyer?” She pled guilty to the charge.

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14. Samantha Ronson.

In this booking photo provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Office, Samantha Ronson posed for a mug shot August 1, 2011 in Barstow, California. Ronson was arrested for DUI after being pulled over for speeding near Baker, California.
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Celebrity DJ, Lindsay Lohan’s ex and Mark Ronson’s younger sister, Samantha Ronson was booked for a DUI when, according to People, police pulled her over for driving 89 mph. According to The Hollywood Reporter, police said that “speed was why she was stopped, but she was arrested on two misdemeanors of driving under the influence."

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15. Heather Locklear.

In this handout image provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Dept., actress Heather Locklear posed for a mugshot September 28, 2008 in Santa Barbara, California. Locklear was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled substance in the Santa Barbara area, authorities said Sunday.
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According to People, it was just 4:30 p.m. when Heather Locklear was spotted driving erratically. By the time police found her, Locklear was stopped on the freeway partially blocking traffic and found to be “disoriented and impaired.” A CHP spokesman said, “Alcohol was ruled out as a factor, but based on the officer’s observations, we believe Locklear was under the influence of prescription medication.”

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16. Rick Springfield.

Singer Rick Springfield was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department in May 2011 for suspicion of drunk driving.
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In 2011, '80s pop star Rick Springfield was arrested for speeding down Malibu’s famous Pacific Coast Highway when, according to HuffPo, he ultimately pleaded no contest to a reckless driving with “DUI conditions” charge. He was ordered to attend a three-month alcohol education program. According to TMZ, Springfield threatened to kill both the deputy and his family if they dared tow his 1963 Corvette Stingray that he was driving at the time.

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17. Randy Travis.

In this handout provided by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, musician Randy Travis is seen in a police booking photo August 7, 2012 in Sherman, Texas. Travis was charged with misdemeanor DWI and felony Retaliation after he was involved in a one vehicle accident. He was later released on bond.
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It was the sort of DUI arrest no one wants to get out — but according to WGN9, footage of musician Randy Travis naked and ranting during a 2012 booking was ultimately released five years later. So what was on the video? According to Entertainment Weekly, Travis had been found naked and verbally combative after crashing his car just west of Tioga, Texas. The video shows Travis threatening the officers and refusing sobriety tests. Travis pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation.

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18. Richie Sambora.

Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was arrested in March 2008 by California cops and charged with misdemeanor drunk driving.
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The Bon Jovi guitarist, Richie Sambora, was arrested for a DUI in 2008. Police found his girlfriend, his 10 year-old-daughter and her friend in the car with him. According to People, Sambora later entered a treatment facility saying, “I was just drinking too much and I needed to get my life together.” He pled guilty.

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19. Kiefer Sutherland.

In this handout photo provided by the Glendale City Police Department , actor Kiefer Sutherland posed for his mugshot photo at Glendale City Jail December 5, 2007 in Glendale City, California. Sutherland, 40, reported to the facility to serve a 48-day sentence after pleading guilty to a second drunk driving offense.
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Kiefer Sutherland has quite a history with drinking and driving. According to People, between 1989 and 2007, Sutherland was arrested for DUIs four separate times. In 2007, when on probation for a 2004 DUI conviction, Sutherland failed a sobriety test and was sent to jail for 48 days. His other two DUI arrests came in 1989 and 1993.

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