Mel Gibson has been arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol, authorities said.
Gibson's 2006 Lexus LS 430 was speeding on Pacific Coast Highway when deputies stopped him at 2:36 am on Friday, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "He was going 87 miles per hour in a 45-miles-per-hour zone," Whitmore said. In metric, that is 140 kph in a 72-kph zone. Deputies conducted field sobriety tests. A breath test indicated Gibson's blood-alcohol level was 0.12 per cent, Whitmore said. The legal limit in California is 0.08 percent.
Gibson, 50, was booked at the Lost Hills Sheriff's station at 4:06 am, according to department records. The actor-director was cited and released at 9:45 am after posting $5,000 (euro4,000) bail, Whitmore said.
"The investigation is ongoing," Whitmore said. "There was absolutely no favoritism shown to this suspect." Whitmore also said that the investigation will be thorough. "Nothing will be sanitised," he said.
Gibson's spokesman, Alan Nierob, said he was looking into the matter.
Gibson won a best-director Oscar for 1995's Braveheart and had a 2004 religious blockbuster with The Passion of the Christ. He also starred in the Lethal Weapon and Mad Max films, What Women Want and The Man Without a Face among other movies.