David Koechner has been charged with DUI and hit-and-run after being arrested on New Year’s Eve in California.
TMZ reported that the Ventura County DA’s office has charged the Anchorman actor, 59, with the two misdemeanor charges.
The site noted that the entertainer will appear in court in a ‘few weeks’ to determine if he’ll serve time or not.
Trouble with the law: David Koechner has been charged with DUI and hit-and-run after being arrested on New Year’s Eve in California
Koechner is a first time offender, so he’s likely he’ll be punished with probation and an alcohol education course, avoiding jail time.
At around 3PM on December 31, 2021 police in Simi Valley, California were called about an ‘erratic driver.’
Koechner was asked to perform field sobriety tests which he failed after allegedly hitting a street sign with his car. His vehicle was towed shortly afterwards.
According to law enforcement he had two flat tires when he was pulled over and blew a .13 in the field and .12 back at the station.
Charged: The Ventura County DA’s office has charged the Anchorman actor, 59, with the two misdemeanor charges
Records detail how he was booked into Ventura County Jail at 5:15pm that day, to be released the following morning on New Year’s Day, just before 6am.
His original court date was scheduled for March 30 at the Ventura County Superior Court.
One day after he was released from jail, DailyMail.com obtained exclusive photos of the actor filling up a badly dented car at a Shell gas station, though it is not known if the car was the one involved in December 31 crash.
Tour dates: Despite his legal woes, the comedian posted to Instagram on Thursday to promote his upcoming show in Oklahoma
Despite his legal woes, the comedian posted to Instagram on Thursday to promote his upcoming show in Oklahoma.
Sharing a video with his 115,000 followers, he started off the reel singing the 1971 song Never Been to Spain by Three Dog Night.
‘In Oklahoma, not Arizona. What does it matter?’ he crooned before stopping to say, ‘It matters a lot. Why? I’m coming for ya, Oklahoma City.’
‘I’m talking about Thursday, March 31, okay? And then we’re going to roll into April,’ he said excitedly.
The father-of-five wrote in the caption, ‘The “Blue Skies & Dirty Lies” tour rolls in at @bricktowncomedy this weekend. Some stand-up comics. Plus, #TheOffice trivia with ol’ Pack-Man himself on Saturday afternoon. Ticket deets in my bio link.’
Friction: Back in January the entertainer’s estranged wife Leigh Morgan Koechner asked a Los Angeles court to suspend his visitation rights with their five children following his DUI bust
Back in January the entertainer’s estranged wife Leigh Morgan Koechner asked a Los Angeles court to suspend his visitation rights with their five children following his DUI bust.
She also petitioned for ‘safeguards be put in place to ensure (Koechner’s) sobriety,’ per TMZ.
The actor fought the visitation request, stating that none of the former couple’s kids were in the car at the time of his drunk driving arrest on December 31.
Leigh and David were married in 1998 and share five children: sons Charlie and Sargent and daughters Audrey, Margot and Eve.
After 22 years of marriage, David filed to divorce Leigh in 2020 and in his filing, asked for joint legal and physical custody of their three minor kids at the time.
Hollywood highlights: Koechner (second from right) is best known for roles in Anchorman as well as The Goldbergs and various stand-up comedy