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Actor Chris Pine charged in New Zealand with DUI


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Hollywood actor Chris Pine, known for playing Captain Kirk in the "Star Trek" movies, has been charged with drunken driving in New Zealand.

The 33-year-old American is due to make his first court appearance in the case on Monday, court officials said Wednesday.

New Zealand Police said in a statement that a 33-year-old American was charged March 1 with driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit, which in New Zealand is .08 percent. Police did not name the man, but said he was stopped during a routine early-morning check near the South Island town of Methven.

Pine's agent and publicist could not be reached immediately Wednesday for comment.

Pine has been in New Zealand filming the movie "Z for Zachariah," which is due for release next year. Much of the filming has taken place on the South Island's picturesque Banks Peninsula.

Casey Crawford, manager of the Blue Pub, a Methven bar, told Christchurch newspaper The Press that Pine was attending a celebration at the bar on the night of Feb. 28 to mark the end of filming and was accompanied by his Icelandic girlfriend, Iris Bjork Johannesdottir.

Pine was drinking beer and did not appear intoxicated before leaving at about 2:30 a.m., Crawford said, adding that Pine had obliged locals who wanted their photo taken with him.

"He looked like he just wanted to spend time with his partner," Crawford told the newspaper.

Crawford said the party was well-controlled. "Chris was really good. They were a good crowd, the whole lot of them," he said.

Crawford said the bar offered patrons transportation home.

In addition to playing Capt. James T. Kirk, Pine also played Jack Ryan in the movie "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit."

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Andy Bauer March 13 2014 at 12:22 AM

Captain, to drink and drive is not logical.
Da**it Jim, I'm a doctor, not a bail bondsman!

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Helen Andy Bauer March 13 2014 at 9:00 AM

Funny! You made my day. :-)

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benplhrs743 March 12 2014 at 10:23 AM

Dammit Jim, get a grip on yourself man.

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mcpackerfan March 12 2014 at 10:26 AM

Should have stayed on the Enterprise.......... No DUI's 67.3 light years away.......

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dbn3 March 12 2014 at 11:05 AM

What's the guy to do, he asked Scottie to beam him up and nothing happened?

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pumaray March 12 2014 at 11:40 AM

Citizen....pull over!

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jimmydcap March 12 2014 at 6:32 PM

He looks like Paul Walker in this picture.

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dnjacob33 March 12 2014 at 1:03 PM

I would have beamed the hell outta there!

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buckeye3118 March 12 2014 at 1:14 PM

(Jim) Beam me up, Scot(chy)!!

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Racoon March 12 2014 at 1:24 PM

Only be one captain kirk.

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jneal11254 March 12 2014 at 4:02 PM

Well, everyone knows that James Tiberius Kirk has a wild streak.

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