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'Star Trek' actor Chris Pine pleads guilty to DUI

March 17, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
"Star Trek" actor Chris Pine pleaded guilty Monday in a New Zealand court to drunken driving.

The actor, known for playing Captain Kirk in the "Star Trek" film franchise, had his license suspended for six months and was fined $93 New Zealand dollars ($79 U.S. dollars) during his hearing at the Ashburton District Court.

Police pulled Pine over during a routine early-morning check near a South Island town on March 1 after he attended a party to mark the end of filming on his upcoming movie "Z for Zachariah."

Pine's blood-alcohol level was 0.11 percent, police said. The legal limit in New Zealand is 0.08 percent.

Before being stopped, Pine had been at the Blue Pub in Methven with his Icelandic girlfriend, Iris Bjork Johannesdottir.

"The pub was closed to the public later in the evening and approximately 80 actors and crew attended the party, which finished at 3 a.m. on March 1," the bar said in a statement. "This was a well-controlled party, the cast and crew were friendly and it was a great night, not a wild party."

The statement said that "Chris Pine did not appear to staff to be intoxicated to a level where intervention might have been warranted."

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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