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'Jackass' Star Bam Margera Arrested On DUI Charges

The 'Jackass' star has struggled with drinking addiction for years.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

After openly struggling with alcohol addiction, the star from "Jackass," Bam Margera, was arrested on Sunday morning after stopping to talk to California Highway Patrol. As the New York Daily News reported, authorities smelled alcohol and then arrested the 38-year-old for DUI.

Authorities confirmed to the news outlet that Margera's arrest was handled by the central Los Angeles division of the police, although the specific location of the arrest was not publicized. TMZ added that Margera made $15,000 bail and then left the jail by afternoon.

This is reportedly his first DUI arrest.

Previously, Margera has spoken openly about his struggles with addiction, specifically with alcohol. He said that he was faced with his addiction while appearing on the VH1 show "Family Therapy."

"Once I went in, I realized musicians can party like rock stars because playing a guitar and being drunk go hand and hand, but if you want to skate and be drunk it doesn’t work. You’re gonna rack your nuts and slam your face, so once I realized that I haven’t skated because I’ve been sippin’ on too much alcohol, that’s when I got it," he said.

The "Jackass" family was hit by tragedy in 2011 when Ryan Dunn died from driving while intoxicated. Dunn veered off the road, and his car crashed into the woods, according to The Washington Post.

Margera spoke about how that death affected his own addiction.  

“I never had anybody that I care about die, and all of a sudden my best friend dies? What do you do now?” Margera said. “I went on a drinking bender... My mom probably worried about me 98 percent of the day because she never knows what kind of call she’s going to get.”

In 2015, Margera said that he was living a sober life. He told a radio station that he was “two months sober over here, longest I’ve gone in seven years”.

Last year, he told Jenken Mag that he was sober and he was picking up skating again in Spain.

"I was like, I’m gonna kill myself if I don’t get to Barcelona and skate. So I flew to Barcelona, bought my first skateboard in 20 years and met up with Winkle [filmer]. From there, we’ve kind of been taking a road trip all over Spain for about 2 months," he said.

[Photos: Getty Images]

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