‘Walking Dead’ actor Wilson staggers to DUI charge in PTC stop

Scott Wilson in a mug shot provided by the Fayette County Sheriff's Department.

A cast member of the AMC television series “The Walking Dead” was arrested Aug. 18 in Peachtree City on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Actor Scott Wilson was arrested after tests showed a blood alcohol level of .155, nearly double the legal limit.

Wilson, age 70, of Los Angeles, Calif., was charged with DUI alcohol and failure to maintain lane, according to incident reports obtained from Peachtree City Police.

The actor plays Hershel Greene in “The Walking Dead,” now filming its third season in nearby Senoia.

The Aug. 18 incident occurred at approximately 2 a.m. when police responded to the area of Ga. Highway 74 and the city baseball/soccer complex in reference to an anonymous complaint about someone driving erratically, police reports said.

The officer said he observer a Chrysler-made PT Cruiser a short distance to the north traveling at a speed well above the limit. The incident report noted that Wilson’s vehicle swerved back and forth in its lane and crossed the lane boundary line several times in the vicinity of Dividend Drive. The vehicle was pulled over at Hwy. 74 and Crosstown Drive.

The officer said he immediately detected the odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle. Wilson complied with the request to produce his driver’s license, though he fumbled through several documents while attempting to find the insurance card, the report said.

Wilson subsequently told the officer that the vehicle belonged to his sister. The officer noted that during the exchange Wilson’s speech was slurred and thick-tongued.

Wilson told the officer he had driven from Founders Restaurant in Senoia. Upon being asked how much alcohol he had consumed, Wilson at first said, “several.”

“I asked him to clarify and he stated a couple. When I asked what kind of drinks, he advised scotch and wine,” the incident report said.

The officer said he could detect a very strong odor of alcohol when Wilson exited the vehicle, adding that Wilson agreed to field sobriety tests. Prior to the tests the actor asked the officer if he knew his cousin, named Miller. Wilson then said his cousin’s name was Wilson.

When asked to clarify, Wilson said his mother’s name was Miller and that she had married someone named Wilson.

Wilson during the field sobriety check had difficulty with the horizontal gaze test due to swaying and having difficulty concentrating, police said.

He was unable to complete the “walk and turn” test, saying his spine was “out of joint” due to his role in a television series, remarking that the road surface was slanted and appeared to be unable complete the test after four attempts. Wilson was also unable to successfully complete an alphabet test, police reports said.

The officer then administered an initial breath test indicating a blood-alcohol level of .143. Two additional tests performed at the police department showed a blood/alcohol level of .151 and .155. The legal limit in Georgia is .08.

Wilson, born and reared in Atlanta, has been a leading character actor for four decades.

His breakthrough roles happened in the same year, 1967, with the release of “In the Heat of the Night” — in which he played the murder suspect being sought by Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier — and “In Cold Blood” — in which he portrayed the murderer of a Kansas farm family in author Truman Capote’s famous docu-novel.

Wilson has more than 50 film credits from the 1960s to the 2010s, including “The Great Gatsby,” “Dead Man Walking” and “Pearl Harbor,” according to media reports.

Wilson joined the popular AMC cable series “The Walking Dead” in its second season, playing veterinarian and Greene family patriarch, Hershel Greene. The new season, now filming in Senoia, opens in October.

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He's a good actor

That dude is a good actor. Not sure why he would drive after drinking.

I sure wish someone would do a simple math lesson for drunks: What costs more: A. a taxi from a local restaurant to your hotel room/home or B. Bail, court costs, fines, possible loss of job.

You know, after a night of drinking, you'll be surprised to learn that even a leisurely stroll home on foot is quite pleasant, particularly compared to spending a night in jail.

Avoiding a DUI is a no-brainer (but first you need a brain I guess).

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He's a good actor

That dude is a good actor. Not sure why he would drive after drinking.

I sure wish someone would do a simple math lesson for drunks: What costs more: A. a taxi from a local restaurant to your hotel room/home or B. Bail, court costs, fines, possible loss of job.

You know, after a night of drinking, you'll be surprised to learn that even a leisurely stroll home on foot is quite pleasant, particularly compared to spending a night in jail.

Avoiding a DUI is a no-brainer (but first you need a brain I guess).

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The good actor

Well, he plays an alcoholic on The Walking Dead, so maybe he can chalk it up to "rehearsing.":) If I was him, I would also be mortified to be caught driving in a PTC Cruiser, sober or not. Interestingly, the article states "a Chrysler made PTC Cruiser." Huh? What other car mfg makes a PTC Cruiser? Is this some how relevant to what? People in Chrysler cars tend to drive drunk more frequently?

Also, according to the very interesting research done by the authors of the book FREAKENOMICS, you are 9 times more likely to die walking a mile while drunk than driving a mile. Don't walk, don't drive, call a cab or a sober friend.

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Could have been a Chevy Volt

Now, that would be really embarrassing.

"Chrysler made" simply means the liberal Democrat writing the story was trying to keep a distance from Gummint' Motors. Wouldn't you? What worse car failure since the Edsel can we see - except the Chevy Volt?

I just love the government building our cars. Rather buy a Yugo.

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RWM - Correction

Chrysler was bailed out by the Government at the same time they bailed out GM. Following its bankruptcy, the government purchased shares along with Fiat the Italian car maker. As of July of this year Fiat owned 61.8% of Chrysler's shares. This means that the government not only saved the union jobs at Chrysler, they also helped a Italian car maker at the same time.

In May of this year Chrysler (Fiat) repaid $7.6 billion in loans from the Government, this paved the way for the Government to sell its shares in Chrysler, at a loss of $1.3 billion.

There are approximately 12,500 union employees at all of Chrysler's assembly plants. That's about $100,000 per worker that we won't ever see again, oh yes their average pay is $64,000 per year in 2012.

What a deal for the unions! What percentage of the union dues goes back to the politicians in the form of "campaign support"? Remember the unions in the car industry are exempt from the Affordable Health Care Act, aka Obamacare.

What a deal for the American taxpayer!!

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Could have been a Chevy Volt

Now, that would be really embarrassing.

"Chrysler made" simply means the liberal Democrat writing the story was trying to keep a distance from Gummint' Motors. Wouldn't you? What worse car failure since the Edsel can we see - except the Chevy Volt?

I just love the government building our cars. Rather buy a Yugo.

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Obviously

this was in preparation for an upcoming episode.

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Obviously

this was in preparation for an upcoming episode.