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Actor Robert Downey Jr. arrested

MALIBU, Calif., June 24 -- Actor Robert Downey Jr. was free on bail Monday following an arrest on charges of driving under the influence, possession of cocaine and heroin and carrying a concealed weapon. Downey, who played a wealthy cocaine addict in the 1987 movie 'Less Than Zero,' was stopped Sunday night for speeding on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.

Sheriff's deputies said he was driving erratically and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol. During the traffic stop, officers found black tar heroin, crack and powdered cocaine and an unloaded .357 Magnum handgun in his pickup truck, deputies said. They also determined Downey was under the influence of narcotics, but they did not release details as to which drug was suspected. The actor was booked at the Agoura sheriff's station for investigation of possession of a concealed weapon, possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence. Downey, 31, was freed on $10,000 bail and ordered to appear for arraignment July 26 in Malibu Municipal Court. Downey was nominated for a best actor Oscar for his title role in the 1992 drama 'Chaplin.' In the last couple of years he has been among the busiest actors in Hollywood with major roles in 'Restoration,' 'Home for the Holidays' and 'Richard III.' His earlier movie credits include 'Air America,' Soapdish,' 'Short Cuts' and 'Heart and Souls.'

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