Sam Shepard pleads guilty to DUI

Feb. 12, 2009 at 8:26 AM
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NORMAL, Ill., Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard has pleaded guilty to drunken driving and speeding in Normal, Ill., TMZ reported.

Shepard, 65, who police said had a blood alcohol level of .175 when he was arrested last month, reportedly told a judge Wednesday, "I never intend to drive under the influence again ... It's not worth it."

Police said they pulled Shepard over for driving 46 mph in a residential area and suspected he was intoxicated.

The longtime beau of actress Jessica Lange wrote the plays "Buried Child," "True West" and "Kicking a Dead Horse," and has appeared in the films "Don't Come Knocking," "The Notebook," "Swordfish" and "The Right Stuff."

TMZ said Shepard was fined $600 plus court costs, placed on 24 months court supervision and ordered to complete an alcohol treatment course and 100 hours of community service as part of his plea deal.

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