Chris Pine Pleads Guilty to DUI in New Zealand

Chris Pine Pleads Guilty to DUI

Chris Pine pleaded guilty Monday in a New Zealand court to a charge of drunken driving.

The “Star Trek” actor was fined $93 New Zealand dollars ($79) and had his New Zealand driver’s license suspended for six months during a hearing at the Ashburton District Court.

Police pulled over Pine early on March 1 after he’d attended a party to mark the end of filming on the movie “Z for Zachariah” which is due for release next year. Fairfax Media reported that Pine, 33, told police he’d consumed four vodka drinks.

Police told the court that a blood test found Pine’s blood-alcohol level was 0.11 percent, which is over New Zealand’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Pine stood silently during the hearing, allowing his lawyer, Marilyn Gilchrist to enter the plea.

According to Fairfax, Gilchrist told the judge that Pine acknowledged he’d made the wrong decision to drive that night. Gilchrist said her client had suffered emotionally and professionally and that the negative publicity had put his acting contracts in jeopardy.

The judge said she accepted Pine was “entirely remorseful,” Fairfax reported.

The “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” star appeared relaxed as he left the courtroom, stopping to sign a couple of autographs for fans who had gathered outside before being driven away.

Much of the filming of “Z for Zachariah” took place on the South Island’s picturesque Banks Peninsula.

Before being pulled over by police, Pine had been at the Blue Pub in Methven with his Icelandic girlfriend, Iris Bjork Johannesdottir.

“The pub was closed to the public later in the evening and approximately 80 actors and crew attended the party, which finished at 3 a.m. on March 1,” the bar said in a statement. “This was a well-controlled party, the cast and crew were friendly and it was a great night, not a wild party.”

The statement said that “Chris Pine did not appear to staff to be intoxicated to a level where intervention might have been warranted.”

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  1. Damian says:

    It was his evil twin, like in the episode The Enemy Within. Bad beam up, not his fault.

  2. Rick says:

    This is kind of a bummer, he seems like one of the genuine guys that wouldn’t do this sort of thing for no reason. If he had 4 drinks, he probably knew he was over the legal limit (which is ridiculously easy to do) but knew that he was fully capable of driving. I think he’s a good egg and I doubt anyone was in danger due to his actions. Keep up the positive outlook and solid work Pine, you’re one of the good guys.

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