Things aren’t so funny these days for former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Chris Kattan. The comedian was arrested Monday in Los Angeles on suspicion of DUI after he totaled his Mercedes Benz, the New York Daily News reports.
After the “Corky Romano” star’s arrest around 2 a.m., cops said he made “spontaneous comments” regarding prescription drugs and failed a field sobriety test.
Driving alone on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley, Kattan crashed into the back of government vehicle after crossing over a barrier of orange cones and flashing signs, the California Highway Patrol said. Police were called after drivers saw a vehicle driving recklessly, Us Weekly added.
“We had received one or two 911 calls reporting a Mercedes Benz was weaving all over the road at slow speeds,” CHP spokesman Leland Tang told the Daily News. “The vehicle in question subsequently entered a construction work zone and collided with the rear of construction truck with a foam cushion on it.”
Tang added that the 43-year-old funnyman, who is known for his Mr. Peepers character on “SNL,” got a bloody nose after his airbag deployed but was otherwise unharmed by the accident.
“He passed a breathalyzer in the field, but he did not pass his field sobriety test. He did not do well walking heel to toe,” Tang said. “Luckily those trucks were there to provide a safety cushion for the CalTrans personnel doing guard rail repair. It was a crash buffer that did exactly what it was supposed to do, and it probably saved his life.”
Though he passed the breathalyzer, authorities believe prescription drugs could be to blame for Kattan’s reckless behavior. “We believe there’s a high probability he was under the influence of prescription drugs, based on his spontaneous comments,” Tang said. “He submitted to a chemical test, and we’ll know for sure in three to four weeks.”
Kattan did not shrink from discussing the situation. He took to his Twitter account later Monday and blamed the incident on being exhausted from a flight. "I just got back from a 15hr flight after touring out of the country," he tweeted. "I was exhausted. The Police were so kind. I'm lucky nobody was hurt."
Then he added: “Those concerned or just adding gossip: I'm fine, passed all tests, released without bail, have drivers license, cop offered to drive me home.”
Kattan starred on “SNL” from 1996 to 2003, but it was his role at Doug Butabi in 1998’s “A Night At The Roxbury” that made him a household name.
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