Kevin Hart's DUI is "No Laughing Matter"

By McCarton Ackerman 04/15/13

The comedian apologizes for his actions on Twitter, calling his arrest a "wake up call."

"I'M A DRUNK MAN" Hart tweeted after his
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Comedian and actor Kevin Hart has sobered up quickly since his DUI arrest on Sunday. Los Angeles traffic police arrested him yesterday morning on "suspicion" of drunk driving after he weaved in and out of traffic lanes on the freeway at 90mph, nearly hitting a gas tanker truck in the process. After he was pulled over by police, Hart confirmed suspicions, tweeting later: "When the cop asked me to take the sobriety test I said 'WHY WASTE OUR TIME ... I'M DRUNK MAN.'" A statement from the California Highway Patrol confirmed that Hart "had objective signs of intoxication and was unable to perform the field sobriety tests." Police booked him into jail and held him on a $5,000 bond, but he was released the same day. That evening, Hart tweeted that the experience was a "wake-up call" and accepted full responsibility for his actions. "I have to be smarter & last night I wasn't ... everything happens for a reason," he wrote. "Drinking & driving is not a game or a laughing matter. People have lost lives because of stupid ... this!" Hart has previously spoken about growing up with a drug-addicted father; in a routine in his 2011 stand-up film Laugh At My Pain, he lampoons his father's embarrassing behavior as a result of his drug use.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.