GLENDALE, Calif. (AP) _ Haley Joel Osment, who suffered a broken rib last month when his car struck a mailbox, has been charged with drunk driving and marijuana possession, authorities said.
Osment’s blood-alcohol level after the July 20 crash was measured at .16 per cent, twice the legal limit, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
The 18-year-old actor was charged Thursday with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence, marijuana possession and driving under the influence with the special allegation of having a blood-alcohol content of .15 per cent or higher. He also faces a vehicle code infraction of being under the age of 21 and driving with a blood-alcohol level of .05 per cent or greater.
Osment, who faces a maximum of six months in jail if convicted, was scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 19 in Glendale Superior Court. His lawyer will work with authorities to arrange a time for Osment _ the star of films such as The Sixth Sense and Pay it Forward _ to surrender, Robison said. The district attorney plans to request that bail be set at $15,000 US.
DreamWorks spokesman and family friend Marvin Levy said Thursday the family would have "no comment at this time" on the charges.
Levy said Wednesday that Osment has recovered from injuries that landed him in the hospital and is preparing to attend college in the fall. Authorities said Osment was driving home alone about 1 a.m. when his 1995 Saturn hit a mailbox and flipped over.