Though he has appeared in a number of popular and critically acclaimed films, including “Thelma & Louise,” “Fatal Instinct,” “Grumpy Old Men” and “The Perfect Storm,” actor Christopher McDonald is perhaps best known for his role as Shooter McGavin in 1996’s “Happy Gilmore.”
But a cloud is hanging over McDonald’s long and successful acting career after his recent DWI arrest by North Carolina Highway Patrol officers last week.
The actor, 58, was arrested in Wilmington and charged with driving while intoxicated.
Media reports said McDonald is in the state working on a new film, “The Squeeze,” a comedy set for release next year.
According to the New York Daily News, he was arrested with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.15 percent. The legal limit is a BAC of 0.08 percent.
He was released after a $1,000 bond was reportedly paid by the producers of the new movie.
McDonald has a long list of movie and TV credits that include “Boardwalk Empire,” “Harry’s Law,” “Law and Order,” “Barry Munday,” “Las Vegas” and “The Sopranos.”
After his DWI arrest, he was taken to New Hanover Jail, reports said. He is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 11.
Despite his recognizable face and distinguished career, McDonald faces the same possible penalties any of us would face after a DWI arrest: a possible loss of driving privileges, increased auto insurance premiums, fines, court fees and even possible jail time.
Anyone facing a DWI charge should take the time to discuss their legal options with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can defend their rights, privileges and freedoms.
Source: New York Daily News,“Christopher McDonald, ‘Happy Gilmore’ actor, charged with DWI in North Carolina,” by Chiderah Monde, Oct. 16, 2013