Actress Shannen Doherty, star of the WB network television hit Charmed, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving today after officers saw her black pickup truck weaving on California freeway, police said.
The 29-year-old Doherty, who stars with Alyssa Milano and Holly Marie Combs on Charmed, was stopped by officers at about 3 a.m. PT (6 a.m. ET) while driving in Thousand Oaks, north of Los Angeles, California Highway Patrol spokesman Mike Moriarty said.
A spokesman for the Memphis, Tenn.-born Doherty, who first shot to fame on the hit TV series Beverly Hills 90210, could not be reached for comment.
Moriarty said officers had observed Doherty’s truck weaving across lanes of the Ventura Freeway.
Doherty was given a field sobriety test at the scene, Moriarty said, and then taken to jail for a blood test to determine her level of intoxication before she was released several hours later and ordered to be in court on Jan. 26.
He said the results of Doherty’s blood-alcohol content test were not immediately available.
The arrest was not Doherty’s first brush with the law. In 1997, a Beverly Hills judge ordered her to attend anger-management counseling after she smashed a beer bottle on a car window during an argument.
Doherty, Combs and Milano star on Charmed as the Halliwell sisters of San Francisco, who use witchcraft to vanquish evil.