On January 3, actor and Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard was arrested on charges of driving under the influence in central Illinois.

According to Reuters, Shepard was pulled over for speeding in Normal, Illinois and was given a breathalyzer test. The test revealed his blood-alcohol content to be twice the legal limit.

Shepard, 65, was initially pulled over after being clocked at 46 mph in a 30 mph zone. He then told police he had been at a tavern and was on his way to a hotel as he was en route from Minnesota to his home in Kentucky.

Shepard was awarded the best drama Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his play, Buried Child. His role in the 1983 film The Right Stuff earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.

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