Oscar-nominated actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard
was arrested on Monday night on suspicion of drunken driving in Santa
Fe, New Mexico.
Security at a Santa Fe restaurant called police after spotting a man trying
to drive away in a blue Toyota Tacoma, police said. He couldn't leave
because the emergency brake was still on. "Officers arrived on scene,
found the male who was later identified as the actor Sam Shepard, attempting
to drive away in the Toyota truck," she said. "Officers spoke
to Mr. Shepard, and they smelled alcohol and had bloodshot watery eyes."
Shepard told officers he had two tequila drinks at the restaurant and
was trying to drive home, police said. He refused a breath test, they
said. While he stepped out of his car and performed a field sobriety test,
"officers observed enough clues that led to his arrest."
After spending Monday night in jail, he was arraigned on Tuesday and pleaded
not guilty to a charge of aggravated DUI, according to police. Efforts
to contact Shepard's representatives for comment have not been successful.
Shepard was previously arrested on a drunken driving charge in January
2009, according to the Smoking Gun. Soon after, he split from longtime
partner Jessica Lange.