KEY POINTS

  • David Koechner was booked at Ventura County Jail at 5.15 p.m. on Dec. 31
  • He was released early morning on Jan. 1
  • He will reportedly appear in court in March in relation to the arrest

“Anchorman” star David Koechner was arrested for a suspected DUI and hit-and-run on New Year’s Eve. The arrest took place in Simi Valley, California, after law enforcement received a call about an "erratic driver."

Koechner, who is best known for his roles as Todd Packer on NBC’s “The Office” and Champ Kind in the “Anchorman” films, was apprehended for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol at 3 p.m. Friday, according to TMZ, which was first to report the news.

As per the TMZ report, police were called in the afternoon of Dec. 31 to deal with an “erratic driver,” after Kochner reportedly hit a street sign with his car. Upon arrival, they gave Koechner a field sobriety test and he failed. He was then taken into custody and detained, while his car was towed.

Police records obtained by the outlet show that the actor was booked at Ventura County Jail at 5.15 p.m. local time and has since been released.

Koechner was released at 5.49 a.m. on Jan. 1. He will reportedly appear in court in March in relation to the arrest.

TMZ published photos of Koechner at a gas station Sunday morning following his arrest. The photos show his car had damage on the passenger side, but it is not clear if the damage was caused by the incident last Friday. The outlet also reported that the actor does not have any prior arrests for DUI in California.

Koechner has been gearing up for his upcoming comedy tour prior to his arrest. He is scheduled to kick off the tour in Rochester, New York, on Jan. 6 and conclude in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 21. It remains unclear whether his arrest will affect his tour in any way.

Koechner is best known for his portrayal of rambunctious and wild characters in both TV and films. Aside from his roles in “Anchorman” and “The Office,” he is also popular for his roles in “Get Smart,” “The Goldbergs,” “F is for Family,” “The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants,” “Drunk History,” “Another Period,” “Twin Peaks,” “Regular Show,” and “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

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