There is no denying that being in the public adds extra pressure along with notoriety for all actions. This is especially true when it comes to young actors who battle with addiction issues as well as get caught for driving under the influence (DUI).
The latest actor to get arrested for DUI is Disney star Billy Unger. Of course it happened late at night – shortly after the howling hour (midnight). The 18-year-old Disney XD “Lab Rats” star blew a .08 when police pulled him over for speeding on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California. As reported in heavy.com.
Unger joins a long list of former Disney stars who have struggled with alcohol and drugs, including Zac Efron, Shia LaBeouf, and Jake T. Austin.
Here’s what you should know about the child star and his indiscretion. Unger blew a .08 blood alcohol level when police administered a Breathalyzer test. In California, a .08 or higher constitutes driving under the influence, but the state also has a Zero Tolerance Law for drivers under 21 years old.
First-time offenders in California face penalties include a one year license suspension, the educational portion of DUI school and hundreds of dollars in fines.
Unger sent his first post-jail text to Josie Canseco at 3 a.m., the 16-year-old daughter of former baseball player Jose Canseco. She’s friends with Unger’s little brother Eric.
Unger has long had the reputation of being a perfect 10 in all aspects of his life. Does a DUI taint that?
Hopefully this is a one-time offense and Unger will take a professional alcohol class and realize he is a role model for many young, adoring fans.