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Actor Drake Bell pleads not guilty to DUI charge stemming from Glendale arrest

Jared Drake Bell

Actor-musician Drake Bell, 29, was arrested around 2:20 a.m. on Dec. 21 after police reportedly saw him swerving and speeding after abruptly stopping at a red light, said Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot.

(Courtesy of the Glendale Police Department)

Actor and musician Jared Drake Bell pleaded not guilty Wednesday to one count of driving under the influence in Glendale within 10 years of committing the same offense, officials said.

The 30-year-old, who has been attending Alcoholics Anonymous classes, was arrested around 2:20 a.m. on Dec. 21 after police reported he was swerving and speeding after abruptly stopping at a red light, authorities said at the time.

During the traffic stop 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, police said.

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

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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 due back in court in August.

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

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Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com

Twitter: @atchek

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