Just like the rest of us, celebrities can sometimes find themselves on the wrong side of the law, particularly when alcohol, drugs and fast cars are involved. 2014 was no exception, with a bevy of celebrities stuck seeing those terrible booking photos shown over and over again. While younger celebrities were among those arrested, the older celebrities show no signs of mellowing out and avoiding time in jail. Here are the top 10 celebrity arrests of 2014:
- Country singer Lynn Anderson (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden) admitted to drinking and taking prescription drugs prior to crashing her car in Nashville. Anderson, 66, won a Grammy in 1971, and was named Vocalist of the Year in 1971 as well. Anderson was charged with a DUI in 2004 in Denton, Texas after a Texas Highway Patrol officer found her passed out in her car on the side of a highway.
- Rap Singer Ray J pled not guilty to groping a woman in Beverly Hills and resisting arrest in May of 2014. The full litany of Ray’s charges included sexual battery, vandalism, battery on a police officer and resisting arrest. Police stated when they were finally able to arrest Ray J and place him in the cruiser, he used his feet to smash a window in the car.
- Actor Chris Pine, perhaps best known for his role as Captain Kirk in the Star Trek movies, pled guilty to charges of drunk driving in a New Zealand court. Pine had his New Zealand driver’s license suspended for six months and was fined $93 New Zealand dollars. Pine was in New Zealand filming a movie, due out next year. Police stated Pine’s BAC was 0.11 %, and Pine admitted to consuming four vodka drinks.
- On the side of more alarming crimes, Timothy Lambesis, pled guilty to hiring someone to murder his wife. Lambesis is the lead singer of the band As I Lay Dying. He pled guilty at his arraignment to attempting to hire someone to kill his estranged wife—probably wise since he was recorded by an undercover police officer. Lambesis, 32, remained free on a $2 million bond until his sentencing on May 2nd, 2014,whenhe was sentenced to six years in prison. Reportedly, Lambesis was recorded telling an undercover agent he wanted his wife killed.
- Avatar actor, Sam Worthington, was arrested in New York City on assault charges after punching a photographer who reportedly kicked Worthington’s girlfriend. Worthington, 37, was released on a desk appearance ticket, and the photographer was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, assault and harassment.
- Dustin Diamond, former Saved by the Bell star, was arrested for stabbing a man during a bar fight on December 25, 2014. Diamond faces charges of reckless endangerment as well as carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct. The incident occurred in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Diamond fled the scene of the accident, however when police caught up with him, they found a bloody switch blade in his SUV.
- Justin Bieber was arrested for drag racing on a Miami Beach Street, as well as resisting arrest and DUI. Reportedly, Bieber, pop star and teen heartthrob, told police he had been drinking alcohol, smoking weed and taking prescription pills prior to his arrest.
- Actor David Cassidy was arrested for his third drunk driving charge in early January, 2014, after being stopped for making an illegal U-turn in Los Angeles. Cassidy’s BAC was 0.19—twice the legal limit. Cassidy was reportedly driving a rented Chevy Impala at the time of his stop. Cassidy, former teen idol and star of the TV series “The Partridge Family,” was booked into an LA jail, then later freed on a $15,000 bond.
- Olympic swimming legend, Michael Phelps, was arrested in Baltimore on September 30th, 2014, on suspicion of driving under the influence. Phelps immediately entered an in-patient program which will put his swimming career on hold, yet again. (This is Phelps’ second DUI arrest) Phelps had reportedly been out gambling prior to his arrest; police say his BAC was almost twice the legal limit when they stopped his Land Rover for excessive speed and crossing a double yellow line, then administered field sobriety and breathalyzer tests.
- George Lopez, comedian and actor, was arrested for public intoxication in February, 2014, at a Canadian casino after he passed out on the casino floor. Lopez spent the night in a Canadian “drunk tank,” while he sobered up. Lopez recently stated he was extremely embarrassed by the incident and had not had a drop of alcohol since.
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