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Actor Alan Tudyk arrested on suspicion of DUI in Soquel

SOQUEL — Actor Alan Tudyk, whose film credits include “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” and the British comedy “Death at a Funeral,” was arrested early Sunday in Soquel on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Tudyk was pulled over about 1 a.m. on Soquel Drive near Robertson Road, just north of downtown Soquel, after officers observed him speeding in a silver Land Cruiser owned by a friend, the CHP reported. He was going 40 in a 25 mph zone, officer Sarah Jackson said.

Tudyk, who lives in Los Angeles and was visiting the area, told the arresting officer he had a few beers at 99 Bottles in Santa Cruz, officer Trevor Smith said.

Tudyk declined to take a breath test, but he failed a field sobriety test, Smith said. Results of his blood-alcohol test are pending.

Tudyk was arrested without incident, Jackson said.

A female passenger who was sober drove the Land Cruiser after the arrest, Smith said.

Tudyk played Steve the Pirate in “Dodgeball” and Wash in the sci-fi Western TV series “Firefly.” He also voiced Sonny in the Will Smith sci-fi thriller “I, Robot.” In 2000, Tudyk played Gerhardt, a gay German drug addict, alongside Sandra Bullock and Viggo Mortensen in “28 Days,” and in 2007, he played Doc Potter in “3:10 to Yuma.”

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