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Gus Van Sant arrested

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Filmmaker Gus Van Sant has been arrested on a drunken driving charge. Sgt. Brian Schmautz, a spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau, said Van Sant, 54, was arrested Thursday after a breath test showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 per cent, more than twice the state limit of 0.08 per cent.

An officer saw that the headlights on Van Sant’s vehicle were not on, Schmautz said. Van Sant, who lives in Portland, had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, smelled of alcohol and failed the sobriety tests, Schmautz said.

Calls to his film company seeking comment were not immediately returned.

Van Sant directed such films as "My Own Private Idaho," "Drugstore Cowboy," "Good Will Hunting" and "Finding Forrester."

Several of his films have been set in Oregon, including "Elephant," about a high-school shooting, which won the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003. He has been filming "Paranoid Park" in and around the city.