Mel Gibson was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in Malibu, Calif., early this morning for suspicion of DUI.
The actor-director, driving a Lexus, was pulled over on the Pacific Coast Highway and a Breathalyzer test was administered. The arrest report lists the time of arrest as 2:36 a.m. and the time booked as 4:06 a.m.
Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said officers on patrol reported Gibson was driving at an “excessively fast speed.”
“He was going 87 miles per hour in a 45-miles-per-hour zone,” Whitmore said.
Deputies conducted field sobriety tests. A breath test indicated Gibson’s blood-alcohol level was 0.12 percent, Whitmore said. California drivers 21 and older must remain under 0.08 percent.
Bail was set at $5,000, and he was releaed about five hours after his booking.
Contacted for a statement, Gibson’s publicist, Veronica Pinto at Rogers & Cowan in L.A., said: “At this time, we don’t have any information on this matter but are checking into it.”
The 50-year-old actor-director just wrapped up filming of his Mayan epic, “Apocalypto,” in the jungles of Mexico’s Veracruz state. Following the shoot, Gibson offered to donate money to build houses for poor people in the region. He is working through the Rotary Club and Mexico’s family welfare agency.
Gibson began filming “Apocalypto,” which follows the journey of a Mayan hero on the run through the rain forests of pre-Columbian Mexico, last fall. Like his 2004 religious blockbuster, “The Passion of the Christ,” which was shot in Aramaic and Latin, “Apocalypto” is being done in an ancient tongue, Yucatec Maya.
The action adventure is set for release Dec. 8.
Gibson won a best-director Oscar for 1995’s “Braveheart.”
He has starred in the “Lethal Weapon” and “Mad Max” films, “What Women Want” and “The Man Without a Face,” among other movies.
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