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‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ Actor Arrested On Suspicion Of Driving Under The Influence

Daniel Samonas was arrested at Nevada's Burning Man festival.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Former child actor Daniel Samonas was reportedly arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence during the Burning Man festival.

Samonas, who previously starred alongside Selena Gomez as her love interest Dean Moriarty on the Disney sitcom “Wizards of Waverly Place,” was taken into custody in Nevada on Aug. 27, based on allegations that he’d been driving recklessly and under the influence through a populated area of the makeshift city, Pershing County Sheriff Jerry Allen confirmed to People.

Samonas was taken into custody at around 2 p.m. and released the following day after posting bond, People reports. The sheriff’s office is currently awaiting the results of Samonas’ blood test, and he remains free, per the terms of the bond, according to People.

According to his website, Samonas, 28, is now an artist/craftsman who specializes in “one of a kind custom knives and sheaths.” He has not commented publicly on the arrest, but photos posted on his Instagram page do show that he was present for at least a portion of the Burning Man festival.

Samonas isn’t the only former “Wizards of Waverly Place” star to find himself on the wrong side of the law this week. David Henrie, who starred on the show as the older brother of Selena Gomez’s character, was arrested on Monday for carrying a loaded gun at Los Angeles International Airport. In a Twitter statement released later that day to address the “situation at LAX,” Henrie stated that he legally owned the gun he was caught with.

“More than anything I am humiliated and embarrassed that this even happened,” his statement continued. “But I am thankful to the TSA, LAPD and all involved today for their kindness and their professionalism during this process.”

[Photo: Daniel Samonas attends the premiere for “A Long Way Off” at Landmark Nuart Theatre on May 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. By Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic via Getty Images]