Is California's DUI Program in Actor Chris Klein’s Future?
I’m not usually all that big on actually talking trash about celebrities on this blog (and really, I’m going to try to avoid doing just that with this post), because that’s definitely not the point of Celebrity Psychings. However, when I read that American Pie actor Chris Klein was arrested for DUI early this morning I couldn’t help but be a little ticked off.
Granted, people who drive under the influence tick me off anyway, but what really exacerbated my ticked-offness with Klein is the fact that this is his second DUI arrest since 2005.
Klein’s arrest is actually kind of timely, given the brief discussion (over in the comments section of Monday’s post) about how wealth and fame seem to, um…encourage? help? lure? the rich and famous to act in ways that totally disregard everyone else.
I’m not sure what legal consequences Klein faced back in 2005 (there were two misdemeanor charges related to the arrest), but I do know that in California (where he was arrested) a second or subsequent DUI arrest within a 10-year period carries a one-year driver’s license suspension, as long as the driver underwent a blood, breath, or urine test (which Klein must have done if sources have been able to report his blood alcohol level was .20, which is nearly three times the state’s legal limit). Of course, he can always apply for the state’s restricted license to get to and from work and/or go through the whole ignition interlock process.
Whether or not he’ll be allowed to drive isn’t really my gripe, though; I’m more interested in whether or not he’s going to be required to undergo alcohol/substance abuse counseling. According to California’s DMV website (bolding by me):
Every person convicted of a first offense DUI is required to complete an approved drinking driver program. For second and subsequent convictions, completion of an 18 or 30-month program is required.
I genuinely hope the state requires Klein to attend the program related to his particular offense. If the man doesn’t care enough about himself to get behind the wheel of a vehicle drunk, maybe the counseling will at least teach him how to care about the lives of others.
Sparks, A. (2010). Is California's DUI Program in Actor Chris Klein’s Future?. Psych Central. Retrieved on February 9, 2016, from http://blogs.psychcentral.com/celebrity/2010/06/is-californias-dui-program-in-actor-chris-klein%e2%80%99s-future/