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Top 10 Scandalous Celebrity DUIs

VO: Rebecca Brayton
Script written by Q.V. Hough These are all about suspicion, surprise and wasted celebrities. Join as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Scandalous Celebrity DUIs. For this list, we're focusing on celebs and famous people who were actually arrested for driving under the influence. Special thanks to our users Keyra Praise Anyhow Goodin and drewbrown for submitting the idea using our interactive suggestion tool at WatchMojo.comsuggest

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Top 10 Scandalous Celebrity DUIs

These are all about suspicion, surprise and wasted celebrities. Join as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Scandalous Celebrity DUIs.

For this list, we’re focusing on celebs and famous people who were actually arrested for driving under the influence. This means that Reese Witherspoon didn’t make the cut, as she wasn’t actually at the wheel during her now infamous confrontation with the 5-0.

#10: Lindsay Lohan

By now, it’s no secret that this former A-lister likes to get her drank on. But even so, Lindsay Lohan’s troubles came as a massive surprise in 2007. The blossoming sex symbol was quickly gaining momentum after her appearance in the Robert F. Kennedy film “Bobby,” yet just months later, Lohan found herself in rehab after DUI #1 - only to provide us with a surprise sequel less than 2 weeks after her release, this time with cocaine in a supporting role. In other words, Lindsay allegedly got drunk, snorted some blow and then decided to drive …with a suspended license. In the end, she proved that not all press is good press.

#9: Mischa Barton

Once a darling of the FOX television show “The O.C.”, this beauty landed an unexpected role as jailhouse drunk in December 2007, as she weaved the streets of West Hollywood under the influence, accompanied by Mary Jane Sweetleaf. Like in most DUI scenarios for Hollywood starlets, Barton didn’t actually have a legal license and was later charged with two misdemeanors, including a “duey.” Not all performers buy into the Hollywood lifestyle, but in 2007, young starlets were definitely drinking the water… otherwise known as boooooooze.

#8: Haley Joel Osment

Remember this kid? He was that little guy from “Forrest Gump,” oh, and he was also the creepy child from “The Sixth Sense.” But while Haley Joel Osment once tore up the box office with some of Hollywood’s most esteemed directors, he was literally tearing up neighborhoods in July of 2006 during an unfortunate vehicular journey. Not only did Osment break a rib and his shoulder blade, but he became dangerously close to living up to his most famous line of dialogue. By the time of this incident, the actor had not appeared in a film for three years, and so he found himself back in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

#7: Heather Locklear

She’s one of the most gorgeous actresses ever to grace the small screen, but talented as Heather Locklear may be, she’s not exactly known for her remarkable driving skills. Case in point, her 2008 DUI arrest in which she was photographed driving like a maniac outside a California market. After pleading no contest to reckless driving, the DUI charge was ultimately dismissed. However, that didn’t mark the end of alleged crazy driving allegations, considering her 2010 arrest on suspicion of hit and run. We love you, Heather Locklear, but the world would be a safer place if you could just hire yourself a personal driver.

#6: Nicole Richie

As we’ve mentioned already, 2007 was a unique time in Hollywood, as drunk driving seemed to “en vogue” or at least accepted by the friends and acquaintances of Hollywood stars. Contributing to, or perhaps launching, the “party” in late 2006 was Nicole Richie, daughter of Lionel and former star of “The Simple Life” - along with fellow DUI co-hort Paris Hilton. In this case, Richie was driving down the 134, but in a surprise twist, she admitted to being under the influence of Hollywood appetizers: weed and Vicodin. Months later, Richie was locked up and taught a valuable lesson, even if it was for only 82 minutes.

#5: Justin Bieber

How does one go from lovable to punchable? Well, if you’re Justin Bieber, the answer can be found in his antics shortly before and after his surprising 2014 DUI arrest. Fueled by Xanax, marijuana and perhaps a bit of bad advice, Biebs cruised the streets of Miami with his pal Khalil, unknowingly marking the beginning of a slow descent into further infamy. Whether it was the inner turmoil that comes with massive success or perhaps just the need for a little fun, Justin once again found himself in the crosshairs of public opinion, and some actually called for his deportation back to Canada.

#4: Kiefer Sutherland

By 1989, this man was a legitimate Hollywood star since he had starred in “Stand by Me,” “The Lost Boys” and “Young Guns.” However, as Kiefer Sutherland transitioned into the next phase of his career, he was charged with the first of numerous DUIs. Incidentally, in early ‘90s Hollywood, TMZ wasn’t yet a thing and movie stars could keep their legal woes on the down low. Yet in 2007, Kiefer was unable to escape the spotlight after once again choosing to drink and drive, which resulted in yet another DUI arrest and 48 days up in the clink.

#3: Randy Travis

Believe it or not, most country singers like them some booze, but nobody was prepared for a music legend to fall off the horse quite like Randy Travis did in 2012. On this night, Randy Ray sang a different type of tune, one which involved crashing into a construction zone and lying down on the road naked. Now if that’s not the basis for a #1 hit, then we don’t know what it is. You gotta appreciate a truly authentic artist, but it’s never fun for anybody when someone gets blitzed, removes their clothes and puts the pedal to the metal.

#2: Amanda Bynes

At a time when many actresses were taking mugshots rather than headshots, Amanda Bynes was promoting her innocent image along with her latest films. Yes, Bynes had seemingly escaped the child star curse... and then came perhaps the most epic Hollywood meltdown of the digital age. It all started in 2012 when Bynes was charged with a DUI for sideswiping a vehicle - a police vehicle - in West Hollywood. Even if the DUI was ultimately dropped, it became clear that Bynes’ mishap was part of a larger problem, which proved to be the case when she continued to star in her own unique production of crazy driving and erratic behavior.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
Shia Labeouf
Michelle Rodriguez
Michael Phelps
Kevin Hart

#1: Mel Gibson

If Amanda Bynes provided the most enduring meltdown of recent times, it was this man that produced the most explosive DUI moment. Kicking off the TMZ era of celebrity DUI coverage, Mel Gibson was pulled over in July 2006 after a night of guzzling beer in Malibu, California. According to reports, the actor was quite disappointed in himself, along with an entire ethnic group. Later citing “a moment of insanity,” Gibson attempted to manage his “situation,” which obviously resulted in a DUI and certainly a blow to his public image from which he's never quite recovered.

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