Actor Lou Diamond Phillips faces a driving while intoxicated charge in Texas for an incident that happened just hours before he appeared at a speaking engagement in Corpus Christi. Phillips was on his way to the ‘Voices of South Texas – Old Bayview Cemetery Comes Alive’ event, where he was scheduled as a guest speaker.
Police in Portland, Texas, arrested Phillips around 1:30 a.m. Friday. Jail records show the La Bamba star was freed after posting bail, which had been set at $2,500. Police Chief Mark Cory says an officer was conducting an unrelated traffic stop when the 55-year-old Phillips drove up and asked for directions. The officer suspected Phillips had been drinking. After failing the sobriety test, he was arrested and taken to the San Patricio County Jail in nearby Sinton.
Cory says Phillips’ blood alcohol level was .20 percent more than twice the legal limit for driving. Cory says Phillips, who listed a California address, was cooperative. Jail records listed no attorney for Phillips, a 1980 graduate of Corpus Christi’s Flour Bluff High School.
Phillips was previously arrested in 2006 in Los Angeles for domestic violence following an argument with his then-girlfriend and now third wife, Yvonne Boismier.
Phillips currently plays Henry Standing Bear on western crime drama Longmire. He is best known for playing Ritchie Valens in La Bamba (1987) and Angel in Stand and Deliver (1988). The actor also has a recurring role on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine where he plays Jeff Romero. He has also appeared on You’re The Worst, Hawaii Five-0 and Blindspot.