Actor Sam Shepard Busted for Drunken Driving

We would have expected this from Britney Spears, Paris Hilton or Heather Locklear, but from 65-year-old actor and playwright Sam Shepard? No way!

Still, to our surprise, in a world where everything is possible, Sam Shepard caused some trouble to the Illinois police on the first Saturday of 2009.

Unfortunately for him and his fame, while he was traveling to his home, the star was arrested in central Illinois and charged with drunken driving and speeding, Reuters reported (via The Pantagraph).

Although he couldn't be considered a road-hog, he was going 16 mph over the 30 mph speed limit in his Chevy Tahoe when crossing the town of Bloomington, Illinois.

As he confessed to the police in Normal, Illinois, he was just passing through the town and stopped for a drink at a local tavern. Perhaps he just wanted to celebrate New Year one more time because the level of alcohol in his blood was twice the legal limit.

Shepard told the police he was heading to a hotel. He said he was on his way to his home in Kentucky from Minnesota.

However, after paying a $300 ticket, he was released from the McLean County jail later Saturday. So far, no court date has yet been established.

Shepard won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for drama with his play “Buried Child”. He has also played in such movies as the 2004 “The Notebook”, the 2001 “Swordfish”, the 1993 “The Pelican Brief” and the 1987 “Baby Boom”.

Moreover, Shepard received an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of test pilot Chuck Yeager in the film "The Right Stuff."

His long-term partner is Jessica Lange with whom he has two children.

He looked like a pretty decent figure, but now he has to carry the shame of being busted for drunken driving and speeding his entire life!
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