Authorities have determined that Shia LaBeouf was not at fault for the car accident he was involved in on Sunday morning, according to The Associated Press.
Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore told AP that detectives have determined that the other driver apparently ran a red light, and will be cited.
“He was not at fault,” Whitmore said of the actor.
Initial reports said that LaBeouf had made an illegal left turn, causing the accident. The actor was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, and then released.
LaBeouf recently underwent surgery on his hand for an injury he suffered during the accident. Neither his reported passenger, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” co-star Isabel Lucas, nor the other driver were seriously injured in the crash. A spokesperson for LaBeouf said the surgery went well and the actor is expected to return to work on the “Transformers” sequel within a month.
News of his recovery comes on the heels of less fortunate developments for the actor. He recently spoke about drinking with Details magazine for its September issue. “We would drink together and smoke together,” LaBeouf, 22, said about himself and his father. “And it’s just a bad deal. It’s not something that is conducive to being a role model — no iconic actors that I know of have problems like that. And I don’t know how to do it like a gentleman. I don’t know how to have one drink.”
And Monday, anonymous reports surfaced about his behavior before the accident. Citing an anonymous source, UsMagazine.com reported that LaBeouf was out watching the band Lemon Son and “dancing around and acting really crazy. He kept doing shots of whiskey,” the source said. “He stayed until the band was done and then stumbled out of the club by himself.”
On Tuesday (July 29), Mothers Against Drunk Driving posted an open letter to LaBeouf on its Web site asking the actor to voluntarily install an ignition interlock device on all vehicles registered in his name “to protect the safety of his family and the citizens of his community.” The locks test a driver’s breath and are linked to a vehicle’s ignition system, cutting off the ignition if the driver is intoxicated.
In addition to completing any other punishments he may face if he’s convicted, MADD said it hoped that “Mr. LaBeouf will voluntarily use the opportunity of his DUI arrest to educate his fans — and the country — about this life-saving device by installing the device on his vehicles.”
[This story was originally published on 7.29.08 at 4:24 p.m. ET.]