"Glee" Star Jesse Luken Arrested For DUI

By Kelly Burch 01/03/19

The 35-year-old actor was released on $5,000 bail.

"Glee" Star Jesse Luken was arrested on suspicion of DUI last month
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Jesse Luken, who played Bobby “Boom Boom” Surette on the TV musical Glee, allegedly crashed his car after driving drunk last month. 

Police in Glendale, California. responded to a call about a single-car crash and found Luken in the driver’s seat of his Toyota, which was driven up onto the curb. The front tire was damaged and the airbag was deployed, according to TMZ.

Citing law enforcement sources, TMZ reported that Luken smelled strongly of alcohol, which prompted police to administer a field sobriety test. Luken failed that, and was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. 

Fox News reported that the actor, 35, posted a $5,000 bail and was released from jail. 

Glee, which aired on Fox, was a hit between 2009 and 2015. However, since the show ended the former cast has had a series of legal entanglements and tragedies. In 2013, the show’s star, Cory Monteith, died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol shortly after completing a 30-day stint in rehab.

Prior to his death at age 31, Monteith had been open about his addiction, saying that he had been struggling with substance abuse since he was 13. 

"I don't want kids to think it's OK to drop out of school and get high, and they'll be famous actors, too," he said. "But for those people who might give up: Get real about what you want and go after it. If I can, anyone can.”

In 2016, Glee actress Naya Rivera wrote in her memoir about Monteith’s death, and how it affected the cast. 

"I doubt I'm alone in feeling a lot of regret about his death,” she wrote, according to E! News. “Since he died, a lot of us have spent time wondering and talking about what would have happened if someone had stepped in or confronted him about what was going on. Or what if he'd been trying to talk to someone about what was going on and just thought no one cared?”

Glee’s director, Adam Shankman, sought treatment for substance abuse disorder in 2013. 

“His friends and family support him and wish him well on his journey to recovery,” a representative said at the time.  

In January of 2018, another Glee actor, Mark Salling, was found dead by suicide. Salling pleaded guilty in October 2017 to possession of child pornography. He was facing four to seven years in prison, as well as fines and registration as a sex offender.  

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