“Transformers” actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after an accident in Hollywood early Sunday morning in which he rolled his truck, seriously injuring his hand. Police booked the actor on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and then released him.
According to an Associated Press report, the 22-year-old actor was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment of injuries to his left hand, as well as a knee injury and a minor head injury. A spokesperson for the “Indiana Jones” star said he underwent hand surgery and plans to return to work on the “Transformers” sequel within a month.
“Attorneys for Mr. LaBeouf confirm that an automobile accident involving an additional party occurred early morning in Los Angeles on July 27, 2008,” read a statement from spokesperson. “Shia is currently recovering from extensive hand surgery with plans to return to work on the set of ’Transformers 2′ within one month. No further comment will be issued at this time.”
LaBeouf was injured when he tried to make a left turn at a West Hollywood intersection around 3 a.m. on Sunday and his pickup truck collided with another vehicle. The unidentified female passenger in LaBeouf’s truck and the driver of the other vehicle were not seriously injured in the accident. Police said LaBeouf was clearly intoxicated at the scene, but because no one else in the crash was injured, the police charged him with a misdemeanor, according to a report in Us Magazine.
According to TMZ, a witness heard a loud crash around 2:45 a.m. and heard LaBeouf’s truck roll over. When the witness arrived on the scene, LaBeouf was reportedly already out of the car, and his passenger was crawling out of the driver’s side window of the truck, which was “smoking, making noise and still running.”
The actor has had less serious legal difficulties in recent months. Last fall he was arrested at a Chicago Walgreens drugstore for criminal trespassing after refusing the leave the premises. He later joked about the incident with David Letterman, saying, “Drinking and driving is one thing, but drinking and shopping … it’s just as bad.”
In February he received a ticket for illegal smoking, and a bench warrant was briefly issued for his arrest after he and his lawyer failed to show up for a court appearance regarding the ticket.