Vince Vaughn was taken into custody by California police on drunk driving charges during the early morning hours of June 10. The ‘Wedding Crashers” and ‘Hacksaw Ridge” star has also been charged with resisting, obstructing or delaying officers, according to a Manhattan Beach Police Department representative. The sequence of events unfolded when Vaughn’s car approached a DUI sobriety checkpoint in Manhattan Beach at approximately 12:30 a.m.
Media accounts do not indicate what led officers to suspect that the 48-year-old actor was operating his vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, but they do reveal that both Vaughn and his male passenger were uncooperative and refused to exit the car when ordered to do so. However, officers at the scene were quick to point out that the situation did not escalate beyond raised voices and no force was needed to subdue Vaughn.
The actor’s car was impounded at the scene by police, and his passenger was also taken into custody for obstruction and public intoxication. According to initial reports, Vaughn declined to take a breath test at the scene and agreed to provide a blood sample instead. He was transported to the Manhattan Beach Jail for processing and released a short time later.
Individuals who have not been in trouble before often react poorly when facing DUI charges. That’s why an experienced criminal defense attorney may advise a client to remain calm and cooperate with police officers even when they believe that they are being treated unfairly. This is because most criminal cases are settled at the negotiating table and not in a courtroom. Legal counsel may find it more difficult to obtain leniency for defendants who have antagonized or threatened police officers.