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Chris Pine charged with DUI in New Zealand

2014-03-12 12:05

Wellington - Hollywood actor Chris Pine, known for playing Captain Kirk in the Star Trek movies, has been charged with drunken driving in New Zealand.

The 33-year-old American is due to make his first court appearance in the case on Monday, court officials said on Wednesday.

New Zealand Police said in a statement that a 33-year-old American was charged on 1 March with driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit, which in New Zealand is .08 percent. Police did not name the man, but said he was stopped during a routine early-morning check near the South Island town of Methven.

Pine's agent and publicist could not be reached immediately on Wednesday for comment.

Pine has been in New Zealand filming the movie Z for Zachariah, which is due for release next year.

Much of the filming has taken place on the South Island's picturesque Banks Peninsula.

Casey Crawford, manager of the Blue Pub, a Methven bar, told Christchurch newspaper The Press that Pine was attending a celebration at the bar on the night of 28 February to mark the end of filming and was accompanied by his Icelandic girlfriend, Iris Bjork Johannesdottir.

Pine was drinking beer and did not appear intoxicated before leaving at about 02:30, Crawford said, adding that Pine had obliged locals who wanted their photo taken with him.

"He looked like he just wanted to spend time with his partner," Crawford told the newspaper.

Crawford said the party was well-controlled. "Chris was really good. They were a good crowd, the whole lot of them," he said.

Crawford said the bar offered patrons transportation home.

In addition to playing Captain James T Kirk, Pine also played Jack Ryan in the movie Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

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