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Ex-Nickelodeon star Drake Bell charged with DUI

Actor and musician Jared Drake Bell was charged with one count of driving under the influence in Glendale within 10 years of committing the same offense, officials said.

The 29-year-old was arrested around 2:20 a.m. Dec. 21 after police reported he was swerving and speeding after abruptly stopping at a red light, Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said.

During the traffic stop, which took place at West Doran Street and San Fernando Road, the officer noticed the odor of alcohol coming from the car, after which Bell reportedly failed a field sobriety test, Lightfoot said.

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According to the Los Angeles County Superior Court complaint, Bell refused to take a chemical test and is therefore subject to additional punishment.

In May 2010, Bell was convicted — six months after the incident — of driving under the influence in San Diego.

If convicted in this latest offense, he faces a year in county jail.

He is slated to be arraigned in March.

The actor is best known for his starring role on Nickelodeon's "Drake & Josh," which followed the lives of two teens who become stepbrothers.

Tchekmedyian writes for Times Community News.

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