Former Jackass star Bam Margera has been charged with a DUI.
The LA City Attorney’s Office has charged Bam with two violations: driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol level higher than 0.08, according to TMZ. The two charges indicate that Bam was driving with both drugs and alcohol in his system.
The charges stem from an arrest on January 7th when Bam was taken into custody by California Highway Patrol.
Officers spotted Bam on his cellphone during a traffic stop for another driver. They then caught up with Bam and immediately noticed the strong stench of alcohol in his car. Patrolmen then administered a field sobriety test and breathalyzer, both of which Bam failed. He was then taken into custody.
Bam was released the same day at around 2:30 PM after posting a $15,000 bail. Margera checked himself into rehab the following week.
Bam has battled drug and alcohol addiction for most of his adult life. In an interview with Vice, he described a level of alcoholism that would kill most people. “At its worst, I would probably just wake up around 11 AM and instantly start drinking vodka and purple Gatorade; by the end of the night, I would probably have ten pints worth of it.”
“It was pretty bad,” Bam added. “It was weird, because there would be times where I would go on a three-day bender of drinking and then five days of not drinking. When that five days ended, I would go on a two-day bender.”
Luckily, Bam seems to have a strong support network to help him. At the suggestion of friends, Bam checked himself into rehab, posting a smiling picture to his Instagram before heading into the facility.
“Thanks to @johnnyschillereff of element skateboards for checking me into alcohol rehab today,” wrote Bam. “No phones here, see y’all soon.”
It seems that Bam has checked himself into a real medical facility rather than a Hollywood spa. Later he posted another photo of a facility bathroom with the urinal hilariously close to the sink.
Bam recently had his first child, Phoenix Wolf, with wife Nicole Boyd last December.
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