‘Indiana Jones’ actor is arrested after crash

Times Staff Writer

Actor Shia LaBeouf, who starred as a motorcycle-riding greaser in the latest “Indiana Jones” film, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving early Sunday in Hollywood after he and two other people were hurt in a crash.

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies said LaBeouf made a left turn and collided with an oncoming car about 2:30 a.m. at the intersection of La Brea and Fountain avenues. The actor’s Ford F-150 pickup truck rolled over in the crash.

LaBeouf injured his left hand and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for surgery, according to Sgt. Kristin Aloma of the sheriff’s West Hollywood station. LaBeouf’s passenger and the other driver, both women, were treated for minor injuries and released.

LaBeouf, 22, “was exhibiting obvious signs of intoxication,” Aloma said. He was cited for misdemeanor drunken driving instead of felony drunken driving because the injuries suffered by the others were minor, she explained.


LaBeouf’s publicist, Melissa Kates, declined to comment on the arrest. His attorneys said he was recovering from extensive hand surgery with plans to return to work on the set of the “Transformers” sequel within one month. They declined to comment further.

LaBeouf played Mutt Williams, Harrison Ford’s young sidekick in the recent movie “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”

During his 10-year career, LaBeouf has starred in several dozen films and TV shows, including “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” “Disturbia,” “Transformers” and the Disney Channel’s “Even Stevens.”

In November, LaBeouf was charged with misdemeanor criminal trespassing after ignoring a security guard’s commands to leave a Walgreens in downtown Chicago. He later told David Letterman on “The Late Show”: “Drinking and driving is one thing, but drinking and shopping . . . it’s just as bad.”


Prosecutors later dropped the case because the drugstore chain and the security company declined to press charges.


Times staff writer Harriet Ryan contributed to this report.