Chris Pine caught drinking and driving
Pine, age 33, is due to make his first court appearance in the case on Monday, court officials said Wednesday.
New Zealand Police said in a statement that a 33-year-old American was charged March 1 with driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit, which in New Zealand is .08 percent. Police did not name the man, but said he was stopped during a routine early-morning check near the South Island town of Methven.
Pine is in New Zealand filming the movie Z for Zachariah, which is due to arrive in theaters in 2015.
Casey Crawford, manager of the Blue Pub, a Methven bar, told Christchurch newspaper The Press that Pine was attending a celebration at the bar on the night of Feb. 28 to mark the end of filming and was accompanied by his girlfriend, Iris Bjork Johannesdottir.
Pine was drinking beer, reportedly didn’t appear drunk and had taken photos with several patrons at the bar.
“He looked like he just wanted to spend time with his partner,” Crawford told the newspaper.
Crawford said the party was well-controlled. “Chris was really good. They were a good crowd, the whole lot of them,” he said.