Actor Michael Madsen charged with DUI after SUV hits pole

Actor Michael Madsen charged with DUI after SUV hits pole
In this Nov. 1, 2015 file photo, Michael Madsen arrives at the Hollywood Film Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Prosecutors have charged Madsen with two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving after the actor drove his SUV into a pole on March 24, 2019. Madsen has not entered a plea, and is scheduled to appear in court May 20. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) (Source: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Invision)

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged Michael Madsen with two misdemeanor counts of drunken driving after the actor drove his SUV into a pole last month.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Wednesday that the 61-year-old Madsen has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of another DUI offense and driving with .08% blood alcohol content within 10 years of another DUI.

Madsen's lawyer says the stresses of the actor's life can at times lead to self-medication, and he's taking this matter very seriously.

Authorities say Madsen was driving a Land Rover that ran into a pole in Malibu on March 24. No one was injured.

Madsen is best known for appearing in the Quentin Tarantino movies “Reservoir Dogs” and “Kill Bill.”

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