Actor Lou Diamond Phillips was arrested for driving while intoxicated in Portland overnight and taken to the San Patricio County County Jail. He was released Friday morning on a $2,500 bond.
Portland Police Chief Mark Cory said one of his officers was on a traffic stop around 1:35 a.m. Friday when a Phillips pulled up behind the officer to ask for directions. The officers noticed that Phillips appeared to be under the influence and asked the actor to take a field sobriety test.
Phillips failed the tests and was asked to take a breathalyzer. Police said he blew a .20, two times the legal limit.
Phillips is in the Coastal Bend to make a special guest appearance in the Voices of South Texas event at Heritage Park Friday evening.
He has been in dozens of movies and television show, but is most known for his portrayal of Ritchie Valens in the biography picture "La Bamba" and his role in the Academy-Award nominated movie "Stand and Deliver."
Of course, the news of Phillips' arrest went viral on social media and was the talk of the town in the Coastal Bend Friday.
"I'm not disappointed at all," fan Jessica Ramirez said. "It's just something he shouldn't have done, but he got caught. It happens and he's alright. Nobody got hurt.""People make mistakes," fan Jaime De Los Santos said. "Hopefully he'll learn from it and not do that anymore, you know?"
County officials allowed Phillips and his father to take the back entrance out of the Nueces County Jail instead of the normal front entrance. Chief Cory said his department treats every case and every person the same."It's just another DWI arrest for us," Cory said. "It doesn't matter who an individual is or what their status is in life."