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Famous People With Driving Criminal Records

When you are famous, you are expected to go partying and to have fun often. But often, it comes with serious driving consequences that can result in criminal charges. Sometimes it seems like there is hardly a celebrity in the whole world without a DUI record or an arrest for speeding or some other infraction. Here is a list of people you would never have thought would have a Driving Criminal Records.

Bill Gates

One of the founders and owners of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates, has multiple driving criminal records. A long time ago, back in 1975, the famous billionaire and tech magnate was then a 19-year-old teenager who was arrested by Albuquerque police for speeding and driving without a license. Obviously, he didn’t come to his senses. Just two years later, in 1977,  Gates was again arrested for driving without a license and failing to stop at a stop sign. His third arrest happened later in 1989 when he was arrested for drunk driving, but that charge was reduced.

Matthew Broderick

While on vacation in Northern Ireland in 1985,  young actor Matthew Broderick was driving on a country road when he moved his car into the other lane and crashed into an oncoming vehicle. Unfortunately, two people in the other vehicle died, and Broderick spent a month in the hospital. Tests proved that actor was not driving under the influence of alcohol. He was, initially, charged with death by dangerous driving. However, since he suffered from memory loss, he was eventually convicted of careless driving and charged a $175 fine.

Kiefer Sutherland

Famous Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland has been charged with DUI offenses four times since 1989, and subsequently in 1993, 2004 and 2007. In 2007, after making an illegal U-turn, he failed a field sobriety test and was released on  $25,000 bail. Later, pleading no contest to the charges, he was sentenced to 48 days in jail.

Tim Allen

In 1997, Michigan police stopped Tim Allen in his Ferrari, speeding at 70 miles per hour in a 40 mile-per-hour speed zone. While the legal alcohol limit in that state was 0.10, he failed several sobriety tests and it was determined that his blood alcohol level was 0.15. He was sentenced to one-year probation and was obliged to enter a rehabilitation clinic for alcohol abuse.

Christian Slater

In 1989, actor Christian Slater was arrested after a car chase in Los Angeles for driving 50 miles per hour in a 30 mile-per-hour speed zone. The chase ended when he crashed his car into a tree, and afterwards failed a blood alcohol test that was more than three times over the legal limit in California.  For a blood-alcohol level of 0.24, he was sentenced to 10 days in jail.

George Michael

The world famous British singer has “a few” driving offenses in his career. In 2006, Michael hit three parked cars while trying to get out of a parking space, and defended himself as being “a terrible driver.” Just months later in that same year, he was found collapsed in his car, blocking an intersection. He pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of drugs. This time, the sentence was community service. In 2010, he crashed his car into a shop in London and was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. Michael was sentenced to eight weeks in prison and lost his license for five years for that crime.

Michelle Rodriguez

The Avatar actress has been arrested several times so far, mostly for DUI offenses, but also for a hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license. While filming in Hawaii in 2005, she had been pulled over three times for speeding, and was subject to fines. At the end of that same year, she was arrested for driving under the influence, although she claimed her high doses of allergy steroids influenced her behavior. In May the next year, she violated her probation and served just four hours and 20 minutes of a 60-day jail sentence. In 2008, Rodriguez was released from jail just after 18 days of her 180-day sentence due to overcrowding.