“8 Mile” Actor Popped For DUI

Actor Anthony D. Mackie, well known for starring in movies such as “8 Mile,” “Hurt Locker,” and “Notorious,” was arrested early in the morning on November 9th by New York City Police for DUI (driving under the influence).

According to NYC police, the 35-year-old actor was initially pulled over at 1:22 a.m. in Harlem for driving a vehicle with tinted windows.  Allegedly, when police approached Mackie’s vehicle to collect driver’s license and vehicle registration information they detected a strong smell of alcohol on Mackie’s breath and noticed his eyes were watery and bloodshot.  The officers suspected Mackie of drunk driving and asked him to perform the voluntary DUI field sobriety tests.

Mackie supposedly failed many of the sobriety field tests, was arrested for DUI, and was taken to the police station for booking.  While at the station, police asked Mackie to blow into the breathalyzer machine to determine his BAC (blood alcohol concentration) level, Mackie refused.  Because of the refusal to blow into the breathalyzer machine, NYC automatically suspended Mackie’s driver’s license for one year and fined him $500.00.

Here in Washington State, if an individual refuses to blow into the police station breathalyzer machine, a police officer will inform that individual that they will lose their driver’s license for one year.  However, the police are being somewhat misleading when stating “you will lose your driver’s license if you refuse” because an individual has the opportunity to request a hearing from the Washington State Department of Licensing to contest the loss of their license.

The experienced DUI lawyers at David O Defense have successfully defended many individuals in Washington States during DOL (department of licensing) hearings allowing those individuals to maintain their driving rights and privileges.  If you need representation for a DUI charge, DOL hearing, or have any questions about DUI consequences give us a call to schedule a free consultation 206-459-6392.


Written by S.O