24’s Kiefer Sutherland Charged with Drunk Driving

Oh man, I don’t know what this means for the upcoming Season 7 of “24”, but hopefully it’ll only be a hiccup on the road to a return to form for FOX’s aging action-adventure thrill-a-second show. Most people really didn’t like last year’s “24”, but you know, I didn’t think it was all that bad. It’s the same stuff we’ve had for the last five seasons, and I didn’t see any move away from the previous seasons’ quality. And hey, how could last season be so bad if its leading man, Kiefer Sutherland, won an Emmy for Best Actor? (And that, ladies and gentlemen, will be the first and last time I bring up the Emmy to validate anything. Ugh. I feel so dirty.)

Here’s the full story about Kiefer’s current troubles with the law (and the bottle):

Actor Kiefer Sutherland has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence after being arrested on Tuesday. The Emmy-winning 24 star also stands accused of violating the terms of his probation relating to a previous DUI conviction in December 2004. Sutherland faces up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted, and an additional six months jail time if found guilty of violating his probation. The 40-year-old was pulled over by police in the early hours of Tuesday morning after making an illegal u-turn. A breath test found him to have twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system, according to reports. Sutherland’s arraignment hearing is set for October 16.