July 28, 2006

Mel Gibson arrested for drunken driving

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning director and actor
Mel Gibson was arrested in Malibu for suspicion of drunken
driving, an official said on Friday.

"He was arrested for suspicion of driving under the
influence," said Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve

Gibson, 50, whose 2004 film "The Passion of the Christ" was
a smash hit, was stopped at 2:36 a.m. local time on Friday for
speeding on the Pacific Coast Highway, and officers smelled
alcohol on his breath. He was given a sobriety test, taken into
custody and released later that morning after posting $5,000

Whitmore said Gibson was given a citation, and the matter
will be reviewed by detectives to determine if drunken driving
charges will be filed at a future date, Whitmore said.

Gibson's spokesman could not be reached for comment.

The actor rocketed to fame in the late 1970s in the movie
"Mad Max" and scored huge box office hits playing a cop in the
"Lethal Weapon" movies.

In 1995, he acted in and directed "Braveheart," about
13th-century Scottish rebel William Wallace. The movie earned
10 Oscar nominations and won five of the awards including
directing for Gibson and best picture of the year.

Gibson used his own money to make "Passion," about the last
hours in the life of Jesus Christ, because no Hollywood studio
would back him. The 2004 film went on to be a major hit and
gross more than $611 million at global box offices.