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Drake Bell faces DUI charges in California

It is never a good idea to drive under the influence of alcohol. Not only is it dangerous, but it can result in being arrested. Drake Bell, a former child star, was arrested in California on a DUI charge recently.

The arrest happened on Dec. 21 after the authorities stopped Bell's vehicle at approximately 2:20 a.m. Police claim they observed the 29-year-old's car swerving erratically. Reportedly, Bell came to abrupt stop at a red light and was seen speeding. The actor and musician is best-known for his work on the Nickelodeon television station "Drake and Josh."

The police officer who pulled Bell over claims to have smelled alcohol emanating from the Nickelodeon star's vehicle. This prompted the police officer to administer a field sobriety test. Bell allegedly failed the sobriety test, according to police reports released to the public. No specifics were reported as to the nature of the tests administered or any further observations made by the arresting officer. Apparently, this is not the first time the actor has ran into problems while behind the wheel.

Approximately 10 hours after being arrested, Bell was released on bail in the sum of $20,000. Now, the actor will need to address the DUI charge against him in a California criminal courtroom. Regardless of his past problems, there is no indication that he has previously been accused of drunk driving. It remains to be seen if a blood test was completed, and if so, the amount of Bell's blood alcohol concentration. These issues may play a central role in the disposition of the pending charges. 

Source: nydailynews.com, "Drake Bell arrested on suspicion of DUI in California", Micaela Hood, December 22, 2015

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