Actor Sam Shepard arrested for drunken driving in Santa Fe

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard has been booked into the Santa Fe County jail on suspicion of aggravated drunken driving.

Police say Shepard was arrested Monday evening outside La Choza restaurant in downtown Santa Fe.

The 71-year-old Shepard told a police officer that he had two tequila drinks and was planning to drive home. The officer could smell alcohol on Shepard’s breath and the actor had bloodshot, watery eyes.

Santa Fe police Lt. Andrea Dobyns says restaurant security called police after becoming concerned about a man who may be intoxicated. The man was trying to leave in a pickup truck, but the vehicle’s emergency brake was engaged.

Police say Shepherd declined to take a breath test, but he did perform a field sobriety test, which he failed.