RIGHT STUFF STAR SPEEDS DUI

Published on: January 5, 2009
RIGHT STUFF STAR SPEEDS DUI

Playwright/ actor Sam Shepard's need for speed - and booze!

The Right Stuff star and Pulitizer Prize winner was pulled over by Normal, Illinois cops early Saturday morning exceeding the speed limit - which for Normal was a 30 MPH zone. 

Police says the gangly thesp, 65,  was going a record setting 46 miles per hour - a far cry from breaking the sound barrier.

Shepard's blood alcohol level was almost double the legal limit a breath test allegedly revealed.

Cops say the Obie Award winning playwright of True West had been drinking at a local bar before being pulled over.

After posting $300 bail, Shepard who was Oscar nominated for playing Right Stuff speed demon Chuck Yeager, was released from McLean County Jail. 

He's due to return at a later date.