Actor Shia LaBeouf, 22, was arrested under suspicion of drunk driving in West Hollywood early Sunday morning after crashing his pickup truck into another automobile. The rising Hollywood celebrity attempted to turn left at the intersection of La Brea Avenue and Fountain Avenue at approximately 3 a.m. when he slammed into the other car and overturned his own.
Law enforcement at the scene recognized that LaBeouf was displaying signs of intoxication and immediately arrested him. He was subsequently booked and released for misdemeanor DUI. Shortly after, LaBeouf was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to receive care for hand, knee, and head injuries.
Neither of the remaining people involved in the accident, including a woman riding with LaBeouf and the driver of the other vehicle, were treated for injuries. Their names are currently being withheld. While the cause of the crash is still under investigation, LaBeouf’s two attorneys and publicists have refused to speak to the media on his behalf.
LaBeouf, the star of the 2007 summer blockbuster “Transformers” and current smash “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” has been in trouble with the police in the past. However, these prior run-ins with the law pale in comparison to this one. Through the turmoil, LaBeouf’s “good guy” image has overshadowed the negative stories to hit the headlines. It is not quite clear how this incident will affect his image.
Not even a year ago, LaBeouf had an altercation with a security guard at a Walgreens pharmacy in Chicago in which he was also intoxicated. Due in part to his superior level of cooperation with the arresting officers, the misdemeanor criminal trespassing charge was thrown out when the store chose not to take the case to the next level.
LaBeouf received another citation earlier in 2008 for lighting a cigarette in a nonsmoking zone in Burbank, California. A judge later let him off the hook.