Funny man and former Saturday Night Live veteran, Chris Kattan was arrested in the early morning hours of February 10th for driving under the influence.
The 43-year old comedian was traveling on the 101 freeway in Encino when his car crashed into a department of transportation maintenance vehicle.
“We had received one or two 911 calls reporting a Mercedes Benz was weaving all over the road at slow speeds,” California Highway Patrol spokesman Leland Tang told the Daily News. “The vehicle in question subsequently entered a construction work zone and collided with the rear of construction truck with a foam cushion on it.”
Although Kattan passed a breathalyzer, he did not fare so well in performing the field sobriety tests. CBS obtained video showing Kattan’s poor performance on the tests. The not-so-funny video can be seen here:
According to the California Highway Patrol, Kattan made “spontaneous comments” that he had taken prescription drugs prior to getting into his Mercedes.
“We believe there’s a high probability he was under the influence of prescription drugs, based on his spontaneous comments,” Tang said. “He submitted to a chemical test, and we’ll know for sure in three to four weeks.”
Remember, a person need not be under the influence of alcohol to face a California DUI charge. California Vehicle Code section 23152(A) only requires that a person be under the influence, including drugs. California Jury Instructions define “drugs” as any substance, other than alcohol, which could affect the nervous system, brain, or muscles.
Furthermore, California jury instructions define “under the influence” as being impaired to such a degree that a person no longer has the ability to drive a vehicle as a sober person would.
“I just got back from a 15hr flight after touring out of the country,” tweeted Kattan. “I was exhausted. The Police were so kind. I’m lucky nobody was hurt.”