Actor Vince Vaughn was arrested on suspicion of DUI this past weekend, according to multiple media reports. Vaughn was stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Manhattan Beach around 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Vaughn was subsequently arrested for both DUI and for resisting, delaying, and obstructing officers. According to Manhattan Beach PD,Vaughn and his passenger were asked to step out of the vehicle at the checkpoint but were uncooperative and, initially, refused to do so. Since Vaughn allegedly "delayed" the officers' investigation, the second charge (resisting, delaying, and obstructing) was added. Vaughn's passenger was also arrested for resisting, delaying, and obstructing officers as well as public intoxication.
It is unknown if Vaughn failed any field sobriety tests or if he took a breath or blood test to determine his blood alcohol content. He was released later that morning after posting $5,000 bail.
Based on the information available to the public, unless prosecutors reject the case due to insufficient evidence, it appears that this will be a misdemeanor DUI case since it does not involve an injury/accident and Vaughn does not have any prior DUI convictions (e.g., this would be his first DUI offense). If this case involves alcohol only, Vaughn will be charged with violating Vehicle Code Section 23152(a). If Vaughn took a breath or blood test and the result was .08 or higher, he will also be charged with violating Vehicle Code Section 23152(b). If he refused to submit to a breath or blood test, he will face additional penalties and his driver's license may be suspended by the DMV for one year.
The case will be filed at the Torrance Courthouse and will be prosecuted by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The prosecutors there are very knowledgeable about DUI law, which makes it even more important for someone arrested for DUI in Manhattan Beach to have a good lawyer, one who specializes in DUI defense. If you have been arrested for DUI, call Berglund Law Office, P.C. at (323) 374-3520 or submit our CONTACT form today for a free and confidential DUI consultation.