Michael Weatherly
NCIS actor Michael Weatherly has been arrested for DUI. Here, he arrives at the 2014 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles, California January 8, 2014. Reuters

“NCIS” star Michael Weatherly has found himself on the other side of the law in real life. He was arrested for DUI earlier this month and is reportedly facing up to six months in prison if found guilty by a Los Angeles court.

According to TMZ, the arrest was made earlier this month, at around 1:00 a.m. while the actor was driving around Hollywood. Weatherly was stopped for a routine speeding violation but officers suspected that he could be driving under the influence. Further tests revealed that his blood alcohol level was way above the legal limit for driving. Once this was confirmed, the actor was subsequently arrested and detained for 15 hours.

Weatherly plays the role of special agent Anthony DiNozzo in the hit CBS show “NCIS.” The show is currently in it’s 13th Season and remains to be one of the highest-rated TV dramas. Most of the original main cast has been retained, including Weatherly. TMZ report states that the DUI charges will unlikely lead to jail time, nor any work interruption, since this is the actor’s first offense. No further details have been released about the case.

Elsewhere, fellow “NCIS” cast member Pauley Perrette also found herself in close contact with the LAPD in the past month. On Nov. 13, Perrette took to social media site Twitter to share a harrowing experience that she went through in her Hollywood neighbourhood.

She said that she was brutally attacked by a homeless man that she encountered while walking across her street. Luckily, he let her go after she talked him down. TV Guide reports that the man has since been arrested, thanks to a sketch that the actress drew, right after the incident. Perrette plays the role of Abby Sciuto in the CBS drama. See her personal account of the incident below:

“NCIS” airs every Tuesday at 8:00 pm ET on CBS.

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