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The Decade's Top 10 DUIs

500px-Arrest.svg Lists have me absolutely intoxicated today. I have already blogged about year-end top-10 lists, a decade-end top-25 list, and forward-looking lists of legal-industry predictions. But before I stagger off into the decade to come, my hindsight must pass one more nystagmus-gaze test and one more backward countdown. Yes, let us raise a toast to the Top 10 DUIs of the Decade, brought to us courtesy of the Check Points blog of

The list confines itself to celebrities, not the least of whom is Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte, arrested in 2002 for erratic driving in Malibu, Calif. "Nolte was described by officers as 'drooling' and 'completely out of it,'" Check Points says, adding that he once described himself as a "functioning drunk."

California, not surprisingly, is the venue for many of the DUI arrests on this list. They include actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, arrested in Hollywood in 2005; actor Mel Gibson, arrested there in 2006; actress Lindsay Lohan, arrested in 2007 in Santa Monica; and "24" star Kiefer Sutherland, arrested in Hollywood in 2007 on his second DUI, resulting in mandatory jail time.

Check Points mentions a number of celebrity DUI arrests that did not make its top-10 list, for whatever reason, such as those of actor Rip Torn in 2006 in Connecticut, former NBA star Charles Barkley in 2008 in Arizona, and former boxer Mike Tyson in 2006 in Arizona. There was even one notable close call that did not result in an arrest: the warning issued to presidential daughter Jenna Bush for underage drinking and driving in 2001. 

If nothing else, let this list serve as a caution to anyone who may be heading out to celebrate the holidays this year. Do not drink and drive under any circumstances, lest you end up on the next decade's list.

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on December 22, 2009 at 11:22 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)


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