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Actor Christopher McDonald facing DUI charges

Washington residents that enjoyed Happy Gilmore might be interested in the fact that actor Christopher McDonald, who was in the film, was recently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The incident happened on Oct. 28 at 9:27 p.m.

According to law enforcement authorities with the San Bernadine County Sheriff's Office, McDonald was stopped by officers with the California Highway Patrol on suspicion of drunk driving. He allegedly ran off of the road and struck a gas meter. McDonald reportedly was charged with driving while intoxicated. He had a blood alcohol concentration of more than 0.08 percent and was taken into custody at the Big Bear Jail at 11:40 p.m.

McDonald also was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Oct. 2013 while he was in Wilmington, North Carolina. In that incident, he said that it was an unfortunate event because he was not actually driving when he was charged. However, in North Carolina, vehicles do not have to be in motion for someone to be charged with drunk driving. McDonald was released on $1,000 bail in the earlier drunk driving incident.

Drunk driving charges are punished harshly in Washington. People who are convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs may face several penalties, including the loss of their driving privileges, incarceration, the mandatory installation of ignition interlock devices, required alcohol classes and substantial fines. People who are convicted of multiple DUI offenses may face increasingly severe penalties. An experienced criminal defense lawyer may rely on his or her legal knowledge and skill to try to secure a more favorable outcome for clients that are facing DUI charges.

Source: ET Online, "'Happy Gilmore' actor Christopher McDonald arrested on charges of drunk driving," Zach Seemayer, Oct. 29, 2017.

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