LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Actor Thomas Gibson was arrested and booked into the Los Angeles Central Jail for suspicion of driving under the influence after he drove through a barricade set to keep cars off the course of an overnight half-marathon through downtown, a traffic sergeant said.
Gibson, 50, was arrested at 1:05 a.m. by the Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Division and booked at 1:37 a.m., according to booking information posted on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Inmate Information website. The Julliard-educated Gibson is known for roles on CBS’s “Chicago Hope” and “Criminal Minds” and ABC’s “Dharma and Greg.”
The barricades Gibson encountered were part of the inaugural “New Year’s Race – Los Angeles at Night,” which started at 9 p.m. Saturday. However, many downtown streets were closed starting 5 p.m. and remained closed until 6 a.m. today.
The event included a half marathon, a 5K race, a kids’ fun run and a health and fitness expo on a zig-zag pattern of downtown landmarks between Staples Center, the Fashion District, the Broadway shopping district, City Hall, Chinatown and Dodger Stadium. Figueroa Street, 11th Street, Los Angeles Street, Seventh Street, Broadway, Main Street, Sunset Boulevard and Stadium Way were among the downtown streets closed for the event
Traffic on many surrounding streets was also jammed, according to witnesses.
Gibson was initially stopped for trying to drive through the closed area, but officers smelled alcohol on his breath and arrested him after he refused to take a breathalyzer test, according to media reports.
His bail was set at $15,000.
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