Chris Pine Pleads Guilty to DUI in New Zealand: He's "Entirely Remorseful"
Even Captain Kirk answers to the law of the land. Star Trek actor Chris Pine has pleaded guilty to a DUI in New Zealand, the Associated Press reported Monday, March 17.
The star, 33, had his driver's license in the country suspended for six months and was slapped with a small fine of $93 New Zealand dollars, the equivalent of $79 USD. Pine was present for the Monday hearing, and Fairfax Media reported that the actor made no comments as his lawyer entered his plea in Ashburton District Court.
According to the AP, Pine told police after being pulled over early on March 1 that he had consumed four vodka drinks. When he was pulled over, Pine's blood-alcohol was above the legal limit of 0.08 percent registering at 0.11 percent.
The Jack Ryan star was out that night to celebrate the end of filming Z for Zachariah, with the crew, cast, and his girlfriend, Iris Bjork Johannesdottir, at a local pub. The post-apocalyptic drama, directed by Craig Zobel, costars Margot Robbie and Chiwetel Ejiofor. A manager at the locale told local newspaper The Press that the actor left around 2:30 a.m. "Chris was really good," the manager said. "They were a good crowd, the whole lot of them."
Pine acknowledged his transgression before the district court on Monday, with his lawyer claiming that the star had suffered both professionally and emotionally after the incident. The judge, according to the AP, accepted that Pine was "entirely remorseful." On his way out, the actor looked relaxed and even signed autographs for fans. With his license suspended, the actors as driven away.
"It's a bummer," a pal told Us Weekly after Pine was charged with a DUI. "He has no idea why they pulled him over… seems like he was just on the road too late." According to the inside,r Pine was planning on returning to L.A. after filming, but had to stay back for his court appearance.
"He still plans to be back in L.A. fairly soon," the source added. "They aren't too worried about it."