The Associated Press reports Chris Pine, the Hollywood star best known for playing Captain Kirk in Star Trek and Jack Ryan in the movie "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, has been charged with driving under the influence in New Zealand. Chris Pine, a 33 year old American movie actor, will appear in a New Zealand court on Monday for his first DUI court appearance.
Why was Chris Pine arrested for driving under the influence?
According to a report issued by New Zealand police, Chris Pine was stopped during a routine traffic stop at a DUI checkpoint in the South Island town of Methven. At the time of the DUI arrest, Chris Pine had a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit in New Zealand of 0.08%. He was officially charged for driving under the influence on March 1, 2014. Chris Pine and his publicist did not have comments about the DUI arrest when they were contacted by the press on Wednesday.
At the time of the DUI arrest Chris Pine had been celebrating at a bar on the night of February 28th to celebrate the completion of the film, according to Casey Crawford, manager of the Blue Pub, a Methven bar. Chris was also with his Icelandic girlfriend, Iris Bjork Johannesdottir.
According to reports, however, although Chris Pine was reportedly drinking beer, he did not appear intoxicated. He left the bar at approximately 2:30 a.m. after taking photographs with many of the local residents of the New Zealand town.
"He looked like he just wanted to spend time with his partner," Crawford told the newspaper. But Crawford also noted that Chris was friendly with the crowd. Crawford said the bar offered patrons transportation home.
Chris Pine is currently filming a movie titled "Z for Zachariah" in New Zealand. The film is expected to be released next year after shooting is complete in the South Island's picturesque Banks Peninsula.
Driving under the influence penalties in New Zealand
New Zealand, like the United States has tough DUI laws and penalties, especially for repeat offenders. Common DUI penalties include fines, drivers license suspensions and imprisonment, which are most commonly imposed for multiple offenders or for those who cause injury or death.
Who is Chris Pine?
Chris Pine was born in Los Angeles, California. His father, Robert Pine, was a familiar face for everyone who loved watching CHiPs. He played Sergeant Joseph Getraer. Chris Pines mother was also a former actress. Chris Pine later attended Oakwood School and graduated from University of California, Berkeley, in 2002 before pursuing acting. After graduation he studied theater at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Chris Fine had his first acting break in 2003 when he received a part in ER, The Guardian and CSI:Miami. In recent years hes had several major movie parts reprising his role as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek reboots and Jack Ryan in the reboot of the popular Tom Clancy novels. He also appeared with Reese Witherspoon in This Means War.