Actor Shia LaBeouf Arrested For Public Drunkenness

By Keri Blakinger 07/10/17

The "Transformers" star was charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after a recent altercation.

Shia LaBeouf

A fit of fury and one too many drinks transformed into a public drunkenness charge for erstwhile Disney star Shia LaBeouf. 

The Lawless actor’s Saturday night out on the town in Georgia took a sour turn around 4 a.m., when the 31-year-old approached a bystander in downtown Savannah and asked for a smoke. But when the unnamed bystander refused to pony up a cigarette, LaBeouf allegedly let loose and started hurling obscenities, according to Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police

When officers told the Even Stevens celeb to leave, he got aggressive toward a cop—so authorities tried arresting him. But the actor instead fled to a nearby hotel, where he was quickly apprehended in the lobby. 

LaBeouf was charged with obstruction, disorderly conduct, and public drunkenness and later released on $7,000 bail, according to jail records. 

This is not the star’s first brush with law—and not even his first smoking-related run-in with police. In 2008, LaBeouf was hit with an unlawful smoking charge in California. A judge later tossed the case, but only after initially putting out a warrant when the actor failed to appear in court. 

The year before, he was arrested in a Chicago Walgreens after he was repeatedly told to leave for being too drunk.

“I got pretty wasted in Chicago and wound up celebrating in Walgreens,” he later told David Letterman. He left and later returned to the store after realizing he’d forgotten his cigarettes, but a security guard tackled and arrested him. LaBeouf was never charged in the drug store drama. 

More recently, he was arrested at his own anti-Trump art exhibit in New York City after he pushed a man outside the Museum of the Moving Image. Aside from his string of minor arrests, LaBeouf has also garnered attention for his sometimes bizarre behavior—like the time he wore a paper bag over his head on the red carpet or the time he sat in a theater for days and livestreamed himself as he watched all his movies in reverse order. 

In 2016, the Los Angeles native entered treatment for alcohol addiction, as People reported. 

“Contrary to previous erroneous reports, Shia LaBeouf has not checked into a rehabilitation facility but he is voluntarily receiving treatment for alcohol addiction,” his rep said in a statement at the time, just after an arrest at a Broadway show. “He understands that these recent actions are a symptom of a larger health problem and he has taken the first of many necessary steps towards recovery.”

LaBeouf’s team did not immediately respond to The Fix’s request for comment following his latest run-in with the law. 

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.