Actor Wes Studi arrested for drunken driving in New Mexico
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This Dec. 16, 2009 file photo shows Wes Studi at the premiere of "Avatar" in Los Angeles. Studi, a well-known for his roles in "Dances with Wolves" and "The Last of the Mohicans," was arrested early Friday, July 26, 2013, for aggravated drunken driving in New Mexico, Santa Fe police confirmed. According to a criminal complained, Studi, 66, was arrested around 1 a.m. while at a stop sign. The actor was in a 2005 black Volvo with two front tires blown out, police said. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles,File)
This Dec. 16, 2009 file photo shows Wes Studi at the premiere of "Avatar" in Los Angeles. Studi, a well-known for his roles in "Dances with Wolves" and "The Last of the Mohicans," was arrested early Friday, July 26, 2013, for aggravated drunken driving in New Mexico, Santa Fe police confirmed. According to a criminal complained, Studi, 66, was arrested around 1 a.m. while at a stop sign. The actor was in a 2005 black Volvo with two front tires blown out, police said. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles,File)
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This July 26, 2013 booking photo, provided by the Santa Fe County Sheriff shows, actor Wes Studi following his arrest on a aggravated drunken driving charge. Police say the star of "Dances with Wolves" and "The Last of the Mohicans" was arrested early Friday July 26, 2013, in Santa Fe after officers found him in a car with two blown out tires. Officers say Studi refused a breath, field and blood tests. (AP Photo/Santa Fe County Sheriff)
This July 26, 2013 booking photo, provided by the Santa Fe County Sheriff shows, actor Wes Studi following his arrest on a aggravated drunken driving charge. Police say the star of "Dances with Wolves" and "The Last of the Mohicans" was arrested early Friday July 26, 2013, in Santa Fe after officers found him in a car with two blown out tires. Officers say Studi refused a breath, field and blood tests. (AP Photo/Santa Fe County Sheriff)
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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Actor Wes Studi, well-known for his roles in "Dances with Wolves" and "The Last of the Mohicans," was arrested early Friday for aggravated drunken driving in New Mexico, Santa Fe police confirmed.

According to a criminal complaint, Studi, 66, was arrested around 1 a.m. Friday while at a stop sign. The actor was in a 2005 black Volvo with two front tires blown out, police said.

The complaint said that before officers arrived, a witness saw Studi try to "repair the vehicle's damaged tires in the middle of the road without the vehicle lights on."

When an officer asked Studi to step out of the car, the complaint said Studi "needed to use the vehicle to keep his balance and then stumbled to (the officer's) patrol vehicle."

Officers at the scene said Studi slurred his speech and his breath smelled of alcohol.

Santa Fe police spokeswoman Celina Westervelt said Studi refused breath, field and blood tests. He was booked into jail on an aggravated DWI charge.

In April, Studi became the second Native American inducted into the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum's Hall of Great Western Performers in Oklahoma City.

The Santa Fe resident is also known for his roles as the Apache leader in "Geronimo: An American Legend" and Navajo detective Joe Leaphorn in the made-for-TV movies based on mysteries by the late New Mexican writer Tony Hillerman.

It was not known if he had an attorney.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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