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An actor known for his role in the commercials for travel company Trivago has avoided jail time after Texas prosecutors decided to drop a DWI charge related to an incident last year.
Timothy Williams, 53, was arrested in Houston in April 2019 after police allegedly found him passed out in the driver’s seat of his car, which was positioned, at the time, in the middle of traffic. Following a failed sobriety test, authorities administered a blood test and charged him with driving while under the influence, the Houston Chronicle previously reported. He was then ordered to submit to a mental health or intellectual disability assessment, and released on $100 bond.
However, Williams saw his legal saga come to an end this week after prosecutors on Monday decided to dismiss the case against him, the Houston Chronicle reports. Williams, who was facing a driving while intoxicated charge, successfully completed the alcohol education classes and community service hours that are a requirement for first-time DWI offenders seeking a pretrial diversion, a spokesperson for the Harris County District Attorney's Office told the outlet.
Nathan Beedle, misdemeanor division chief for the DA’s office, told the site that Williams “took his Harris County case seriously by diligently completing programs in his home country that were comparable to our mandatory classes, and even did more than he had to in order to make sure he was complying.”
Williams currently lives in Berlin, Germany, where he has resided for the past 15 years, according to his website. It was while living there that he landed the role that would have him earn a name for himself as the “Trivago Guy.” Trivago, a company based in Germany, initially auditioned him only for voice-over work, but he would ultimately star in numerous commercials and became the “face of the brand” in North America.
Williams, who was raised in Houston, Texas, has also had roles on shows like “My So-Called Life” and “Law and Order,” and is a musician who describes his sound as “neo-traditional country.”
A spokesperson for Trivago told CNN at the time of his arrest that it does not condone such behavior.
“At this stage, we do not have the full details of the situation, but we want to make clear that Trivago treats such incidents very seriously and strongly condemns drinking and driving, which poses a risk to others and goes against the Trivago culture,” its statement reads.
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