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Mel Gibson's son arrested for DUI in '05

Published September 6, 2006 at midnight

Mel Gibson’s son apparently isn’t a chip off the old block when it comes to run-ins with the law.

Christian Thomas Gibson was arrested in the early morning hours of Feb. 7, 2005, near the University of Colorado campus for drunken driving.

But unlike his film star father, the 24-year-old was "polite and courteous," according to the arresting officer’s report.

Mel Gibson received a blizzard of bad publicity when following his July DUI arrest in Malibu, Calif., he unleashed a torrent of anti-Semitic remarks on the arresting officer.

His no-contest plea spared him jail time but left him to deal with the fall-out from his tirade.

Christian Gibson enrolled as a freshman at the University of Colorado in the fall of 2001.

According to arresting officer Kathleen O’Toole, a black Chevy Blazer made an improper turn from southbound 13th Street to west bound Spruce Street on that February morning .

She saw a second improper turn, so signaled the Blazer to stop.

"I immediately detected an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle. I saw the driver had red/watery eyes," O’Toole said in the arrest report. "I noticed Gibson had slow, slurred speech."

"He said he had nothing to drink," O’Toole said in the report.

The three women and one man in the car with Christian Gibson agreed to walk the short distance home.

Christian Gibson had a valid California driver’s license, but his Colorado license had been denied or canceled because of a 2004 incident.

He agreed to a roadside sobriety test but his performance indicated that he was driving under the influence of alcohol, the report said.

A second officer searched the SUV and found several shotgun shell casings and a digital camcorder. Gibson told the officer the shells were left over from a hunting vacation.

At the Boulder County Jail, Gibson blew a .163 on the blood alcohol test, about twice the level of the DUI standard in Colorado.

He was booked into the jail on charges of DUI, DUI per se, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, driving a vehicle while license under restraint and making a right turn from the wrong lane.

"Gibson was polite and courteous during my entire contact with him," O’Toole said.

In November, Christian Gibson pled guilty to driving under the influence and driving while alcoholically impaired. He got 12 months of unsupervised probation and paid $1,674 in fines and court costs.

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