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Longtime Vampire Diaries star Zach Roerig was arrested last weekend for driving under the influence. The actor was pulled over early Sunday morning and reportedly failed a field sobriety test administered by the officer. He was later taken to jail where he allegedly peed inside his cell before being released later that morning in what surely wasn’t the Memorial Day Weekend he initially wanted.
Details on the incident are still a little fuzzy, likely because it reportedly happened in Montpelier, Ohio, a town of roughly 4,000 people, most of whom, assumedly, are not paparazzi. According to TMZ, The Vampire Diaries favorite was initially pulled over because his pickup truck didn’t have a front license plate. While talking to Zach Roerig, the officer allegedly noticed bloodshot eyes, the smell of alcohol and slurred speech. That led to some field sobriety tests, which apparently did not go well, especially after the actor allegedly said, “This is very hard. I can’t do this when I’m fucking…” before trailing off. Asked to clarify, he reportedly said he was trying to say “when I can’t have a beer.”
Roerig was taken to jail at around 2:30 on Sunday morning. Sometime between when he was booked and when he left the next morning, he reportedly peed in his jail cell. After sobering up, he was released on his own recognizance. He’s due back in court in June 4th on misdemeanor DUI charges.
Roerig might not be a household name yet, but he’s actually carved out a really impressive career so far. The 35-year-old appeared in 280 episodes of As The World Turns, as well as 13 of One Life To Live and 6 of Friday Night Lights. He was later cast as Matt Donovan on The Vampire Diaries (and its spinoffs) and had a run of 171 episodes through the end. Most recently, he joined the main cast of Dare Me for a 10 episode run. He’s also been in several movies including Rings. Most recently, he was seen in The Last Full Measure, in which he played the younger version of Ed Harris’ character Ray Mott.
Roerig is originally from Montpelier, Ohio, which is how he ended up in such a random place during his unfortunate weekend. Neither him nor anyone else involved in the incident has commented on the record, and given he’s probably not the level of famous where news outlets will be sending out reporters to specifically cover this, we may not get a ton of details beyond the end result, especially since no one seems to have been harmed by the alleged driving under the influence.
We’ll keep you updated if any further events break in the case or if Roerig himself or anyone from his camp comments on the issue publically.