Mel Gibson's DUI Expunged But Not Forgotten

Thursday, Jan 7, 2010  |  Updated 5:59 PM EDT
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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 9: Actor/Director Mel Gibson accepts the award for Favorite Movie Drama for The Passion of the Christ on stage during the 31st Annual People's Choice Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on January 9, 2005 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Remember that summer night in 2006 when Mel Gibson and a deputy crossed paths?

During a 90-second hearing at the Malibu Courthouse, a judge expunged it from the actor/director's record.

Gibson's criminal record was cleared  when the judge granted a routine motion expunging  a pair of drunken driving convictions stemming from the Oscar-winner's 2006  arrest. Neither Gibson, 53, nor his attorney appeared before Judge Lawrence J.  Mira, who granted the request during a 90-second hearing .

"He does not appear to be on any sort of probation or facing any  similar charges. The request is granted," Mira said.

Gibson, like most first-time drunken-driving offenders, was eligible to  have his criminal convictions expunged thanks to his successful completion of  probation -- including a rehabilitation program and maintaining a clear driving  record.

The judge read a routine statement into the court record, noting that  Gibson's drunken driving convictions "are still valid for gun control purposes  and for priors," meaning Gibson could face enhanced charges should he ever be  arrested for DUI again.

The famous Malibu resident caused a tabloid stir when he was arrested at  2:38 a.m. July 28, 2006. He admitted driving 87 mph on Pacific Coast Highway  with a 0.12 blood alcohol content and an open bottle of tequila in his hand.

An initial sheriff's deputy's report of the incident included  allegations that Gibson made anti-Semitic insults at the arresting deputy, who  is Jewish. Media reports then circulated that officials at the Malibu-Lost  Hills sheriff's station had ordered the original report to be destroyed, and a  new record prepared omitting the omitting the alleged slurs.

Gibson publicly apologized for the comments and arrest.

Gibson won two Academy Awards for producing and directing the 1995 film "Braveheart."
 

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