Actor Austin Nichols, who recently rose to prominence playing the titular, gibberish-talking drifter in HBO's recently canceled spiritual surfing allegory (we think?) John From Cincinnati, was stopped early this morning on suspicion of driving under the influence near his family's vacation home in Michigan. From the Jackson Citizen Patriot report:
Jackson police arrested television actor Austin Nichols early this morning on suspicion of drunken driving and lodged him in the Jackson County Jail. [...]
Lt. Aaron Kantor said a city police officer stopped Nichols' car on N. Jackson Street at Louis Glick Highway at 2:30 a.m.
The 27-year-old actor was administered a breath test at the scene and hauled to jail.
Kantor said a blood-alcohol content measurement was not available yet this morning.
Nichols once described his mysterious character as "a purifier...I take [negativity] in and drop all the evil and give back to you pure joy"��� a tactic that works better in impenetrably esoteric premium cable dramas than it does in the practical world of Michigan law enforcement, who responded to his suggestion that they consider "putting away the breathalyzer and taking out the love" with the very non-Christian sentiment, "How about saving the hippie-dippie special-needs talk for your boyfriend Dylan McKay, Sopranos-killer?"
- HBO series actor pulled over on DUI suspicion [mlive.com]