Malibu, CA – Michael Madsen, the gravelly voiced actor best known for roles in Quentin Tarantino’s hit films Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill, was busted on suspicion of drunk driving yesterday afternoon.
Madsen, 54, was observed weaving in and out of lanes on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California while behind the wheel of a Pontiac GTO and was stopped by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies who smelled alcohol. According to TMZ, he allegedly blew a .20 on a breathalyzer, more than twice the legal limit. Madsen was then taken to a local hospital for evaluation. Deputies towed away the GTO, and Madsen was later booked on the misdemeanor DUI charge with bail set at $15,000. RadarOnline claims that “an empty beer bottle was on the passenger seat of the car, which is currently sitting in a police impound.”
The actor’s lawyer in a statement insisted, London’s Daily Mail reports, that his client is innocent:
“[Madsen] wants to assure his fans that he did not fail the field sobriety test and believes that the breathalyser test is flawed.”
Back in March, Madsen was arrested for alleged felony child endangerment after an altercation with his son, but authorities subsequently dropped the charges.
Michael Madsen has appeared in about 150 movies, often in tough-guy roles, mostly independent films. He portrayed “Mr. Blonde” in Reservoir Dogs and “Budd a.k.a. Sidewinder” in Kill Bill. He also was in Sin City and is slated for its upcoming sequel. This year Madsen was a houseguest in the British version of Big Brother (specifically Celebrity Big Brother) and finished fourth in the competition.