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There are a few things you shouldn’t do if you’ve been drinking and driving. Stopping to talk to the police has to be at the top of that list!

According to USA Today, actor Lou Diamond Phillips, best known for his roles in La Bamba and Longmire, was arrested in Portland, TX on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

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Phillips grew up in Chorpus Christ, TX and was in town for a scheduled appearance as a guest speaker for the “Voices of South Texas Old Bayview Cemetery Comes Alive” kick-off on Friday at Heritage Park in Corpus Christi.


Phillips pulled up behind an officer in the middle of a traffic stop to ask for directions, Police Chief Mark Cory was quoted as saying on USA Today. The officer suspected Phillips was intoxicated and called for assistance.

Cory said Phillips failed several sobriety tests and was taken to the to the San Patricio County Jail.. He also said Phillips’ blood alcohol concentration was 0.20%, more than double the legal limit in the state of Texas.

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According to officials, Phillips was released from jail on $2,500 bail after spending several hours there.

It was uncertain if Phillips would still partake in the speaking engagement, but it went on as scheduled. Phillips publicly apologized for his actions during his speaking engagement.

“I want to sincerely apologize for an incident this morning,” said Phillips according to USA Today. “Some of you may have heard about that.”

“I am here to promote and celebrate this amazing event here in my hometown of Corpus Christi, and if anything that I have done distracts from that or diminishes that I sincerely apologize,” Phillips said.

There are no further details known at this time.

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