Chris Kattan responds to DUI arrest, car crash , mug shot released
Chris Kattan says he is "fine" following his DUI arrest and car crash on Monday, Feb. 10.
The 43-year-old "Saturday Night Live" alum was detained earlier that morning. Police say he crashed his 2011 Mercedes Benz into a California Department of Transportation truck on a Los Angeles freeway, where construction workers were fixing a guard rail, and that someone had called 911 to tell them he was weaving in and out of lanes. They said Kattan also ran over traffic cones that were placed near flashing signs to alert drivers to the scene.
"Those concerned or just adding gossip: I'm fine, passed all tests, released without bail, have drivers license, cop offered to drive me home," he said on his Twitter page on Monday afternoon.
"If you don't have something nice to say, don't say it at all," he said, adding: "I just got back from a 15hr flight after touring out of the country. I was exhausted. The Police were so kind. I'm lucky nobody was hurt. (sic)"
UPDATE: Official jail records show Kattan was arrested around 2 a.m. and was booked after 5 a.m. OTRC.com has learned that he was detained on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence involving narcotics, a California Highway Patrol spokesperson said, adding that the actor told authorities that he had taken prescription medication. Results from his toxicology test are set to be released in March.
The maximum penalty for a misdemeanor DUI offense is six months in jail, a fine of $1,000, alcohol and drug education classes and community service, including roadside work for the California Department of Transportation.
Jail records show Kattan was released from custody later that morning after he posted a $15,000 bond. He is due in court on March 3.
Kattan is best known for his work as a cast member of NBC sketch comedy series "Saturday Night Live" ("SNL"). He starred on the show between 2004 and 2012, playing characters such as Mango and Mr. Peepers and impersonating celebrities such as Clay Aiken, Andy Dick and Alanis Morissette.
In 2012, Kattan also played Bob on the ABC show "The Middle." He currently stars on the Food Network reality show "Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off" as a competitor on judge Guy Fieri's team.
Watch a video of Kattan performing a field sobriety test on the side of the freeway prior to his arrest, courtesy of KABC-TV, the parent company of OTRC.com, below.