Actor Sam Shepard Arrested for DUI

Normal police say blood alcohol level twice the limit

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    Police say they arrested actor Sam Shepard for speeding and drunk driving early Saturday morning in Normal, Illinois.

    Police say actor and playwright Sam Shepard has been arrested in central Illinois on preliminary charges of speeding and drunk driving. Normal Police Lt. Mark Kotte says Shepard was stopped by police around 2 a.m. Saturday in Normal. The 65-year-old Shepard was driving a Chevy Blazer 16 mph over the 30-mph speed limit when he was pulled over. Kotte says the vehicle went up onto the curb and Shepard appeared intoxicated to officers. Kotte says a breath test indicated Shepard's blood-alcohol level was double the legal limit. Shepard was taken to the McLean County Jail where he posted bond. A man who answered the phone at the jail in Bloomington said he did not know the amount of bond. Shepard told police he had been at a Bloomington tavern and was heading to a hotel. He said he was on his way to his home in Kentucky from Minnesota. Shepard won the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play "Buried Child."