Sam Shepard charged for DUI

February 12th, 2009 - 11:25 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Sam ShepardSam Shepard, the 65 year old actor-playwright has pleaded guilty to speeding and drunken driving charges in central Illinois. On Wednesday, at Shepards hearing, he apologised to Judge Casey Costigan and said he never intends to drive under the influence again.

He was fined US$600 and court costs and has been placed on 24 months supervision. Also Shepard has to finish an alcohol treatment programme and perform 100 hours of community service.

Shepard, who won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for drama for ‘Buried Child,’ was arrested Jan 3 after officers stopped him for driving 16 mph over the speed limit. Police said a breath test indicated Shepard’s blood-alcohol level was double the legal limit.

The 65-year-old Shepard says he often stops in the area when travelling from his Kentucky home to visit relatives in Minnesota.

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