G For Guilty: Star Trek Actor Pleads Guilty to Driving Drunk
Actor Chris Pine--AKA Captain Kirk from the latest "Star Trek" movies--pled guilty this morning to drunken driving charges stemming from an incident earlier this month in Wellington, New Zealand.
On March 1, Pine was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.11, quite a bit over the legal 0.08 percent. Pine reportedly admitted to police that he had consumed four vodka drinks while at a post-production party celebrating the wrap of his newest movie, "Z for Zachariah".
In addition to having his New Zealand driving privileges suspended for six months, the actor also paid a fine of $93 ($79 in US currency).
Pine was quiet at the court's hearing, with his lawyer, Marilyn Gilchrist entering the plea on his behalf. Gilchrist expressed Pine's regret at having chosen to get behind the wheel that night and added that because of this decision, the actor has been negatively affected both in the emotional and professional sense.
When contacted for a statement, the bar briefly recounted the party:
"The pub was closed to the public later in the evening and approximately 80 actors and crew attended the party, which finished at 3 a.m. on March 1. This was a well-controlled party, the cast and crew were friendly and it was a great night, not a wild party."
The statement went on to say that Pine did not seem to be intoxicated enough to draw attention to the staff for an intervention.
Upon departing from the court after the judge's decision, Pine seemed relieved and calm, even signing autographs.
"Z for Zachariah" is due for release next year.