Chris Kataan, a Saturday Night Live (SNL) alumni and current comedic actor, was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of DUI in Encino, California. The 43-year-old actor, driving a Mercedes-Benz, was initially seen swerving down the 101 Freeway in Southern California. Authorities were called and Kattan was then arrested around 2 a.m. after he drove into a DOT vehicle that was parked on the side of the road. Chris Kattan allegedly admitted to taking prescription pills before he drove his car. There were no injuries.
A woman called in to first report that someone driving a Mercedes-Benz was weaving in and out of lanes at a slow speed. Kattan then entered a road closure part of the freeway, which is when he started driving into a restricted area marked by construction cones. A DOT crew was working on guardrail maintenance on the 101 Freeway when Kattan struck one of the DOT vehicles parked on the shoulder of the freeway. Nobody was hurt in the crash, and Chris Kattan was able to walk out of his wrecked car on his own.
Kattan reportedly confessed to authorities that he was under the influence of prescription medications. The SNL alum, Chris Kattan, was arrested for suspicion of DUI by police and then booked in the Van Nuys jail near Encino. Kattan was released at around 7:30 a.m. after he posted his bail of $15,000.
Kattan is most noted for his role as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1996-2006, where he was most famous for his characters of Mr. Peepers and Mango. Throughout his career as an actor, Kattan has appeared in many small but notable roles. He has starred in two movies throughout his career that include A Night at the Roxbury, which co-starred Will Ferrell, and Corky Romano. Most recently Chris Kattan appeared as a recurring character in the popular ABC comedy, The Middle, but his character has not appeared in an episode since 2012. According to IMDB, Kattan has acting roles in two upcoming movies in 2014, ImagiGary and Walk of Fame.
This is not the first recent case of a celebrity being arrested for driving under the influence. Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami on January 23 for drag racing and DUI, which turned into a very high-profile media event. Other celebrities who have been recently arrested for driving under the influence include Lamar Odom, Jim Toth, and Farrah Abraham. Any celebrity who is arrested for DUI will mostly always be reported around news outlets.
Driving while under the influence of prescription pills can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. All prescription drugs can greatly impair a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle that includes their “motor skills, balance and coordination, perception, attention, reaction time, and judgement.
After this morning’s incidents in Encino, the SNL alum, Chris Kattan, is fortunate that there were no injuries or fatalities following his erratic driving that ended in his arrest for DUI. Prescription pills seem to have played a part in his dangerous driving, but full details have not been made available. There have been no responses from Kattan or his agent as of yet.
By Glen Parris