Sally Struthers, best known for her role in the hit series All in the Family, was arrested for OUI (operating under the influence) in near Oguinquit, Maine. She reportedly was pulled over on U.S. Route 1, which is in the southern resort town of Ogunquit.
Struthers was working at the The Ogunquit Playhouse in the production of 9 to 5 and has denied the charges. The Associated Press reports Struthers was cooperating with the police. She is a first-time drunk driving offender and under Maines drunk driving laws if she is convicted she will face a $500 fine and a 90 day license suspension. Struthers posed $160 bail and was released from police custody. She will be arraigned on December 14th.
Struthers, who has been an actress for decades, is most famous for her portrayal of Gloria Stivic in the 1970s hit All in the Family, a show that went on to win two Emmy awards for its iconic portrayal of a typical American family. At the shows helm was Archie Bunker, an old curmudgeon with a loud mouth. Gloria played opposite Rob Reiner, whose character was nicknamed Meathead.
Struthers has been absent from television and movies for the last decade, focusing instead on stage productions. She has been seen in Annie in a playhouse in Atlanta and has performed a variety of shows at the Ogunquit Playhouse, including Always, Patsy Cline, as Louise Segar, and 9 to 5: The Musical, as Roz Klein. Struthers got her big break when she starred with Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces.
Joe Simpson and Drunk Driving
In a related note, Joe Simpson is has appeared in court in Los Angeles to plead not guilty to his driving under the influence charge. Simpson claims that he was not intoxicated last month when he was arrested for DUI.
The story was reported by TMZ who states that Simpson failed his breathalyzer test with a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.12% when he was stopped at a DUI checkpoint in Sherman Oaks, California.
Simpson has been charged with 2 misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, and although he is currently out on bail, the judge has ordered him to abstain from alcoholic beverages.
Simpson is also a first-time offender and under California DUI law if he is convicted he could face a six month jail sentence, although he is likely avoid a jail. If convicted, however, he can expect to pay fines up to $1,000, face a license suspension, be forced to pay higher insurance premiums and face probation. Joe Simpson has been scheduled to appear back in court in October.
Hiring a DUI lawyer
If you have been arrested for DUI and you need legal help, contact a drunk driving lawyer. DUI attorneys understand the complex laws of your state and can make sure you get the help you need. Even a first-time DUI can have severe penalties and fines that can affect you for many years.