Tom Wopat, much like his Dukes of Hazzard alter ego Luke Duke, has found himself on the wrong side of the law. In an incident worthy of any Hazzard episode, Wopat nearly rammed his car into a police vehicle, a scenario rendered less hilarious when the officer on duty wasn't a bumbling moron with a Bassett Hound for a sidekick but rather a New Jersey patrolman with a breathalyzer:
Tom Wopat, who played Luke Duke on the TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, faces a drunken driving charge in northern New Jersey, authorities said Friday.
Wopat was arrested in Ringwood and charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving, said Bill Maer, a spokesman for the Passaic County sheriff's department.
He was pulled from a Ford Bronco Wednesday night after hitting orange traffic cones and nearly striking a Ringwood police car sent to an accident, Maer said.
We can only imagine how humiliating the ride in the back of that sheriff's car must have been for the actor, made all the worse when the officer behind the wheel tried out his dead-on Hazzard narrator impression, noting, "Looks like ol' Luke got himself deeper in trouble than a hog neck-high in slop!"
- 'Dukes of Hazzard' actor charged with drunken driving [USAToday.com/AP]