SANTA FE (KRQE) - A famous movie and TV star has taken an embarrassing new role in a New Mexico jail.
Santa Fe Police arrested actor Wes Studi on Friday for allegedly driving drunk.
However, it's not just the arrest that looks bad. Police caught Studi on camera in a vulgar outburst that was no act.
Studi has entertained million of people over the years acting in critically acclaimed roles in movies including "The Last of the Mohicans," "Dances with Wolves" and "Avatar."
But many probably never expected to see Studi yelling at police officers, all while being handcuffed in the back of a Santa Fe Police car. Studi was detained and charged with aggravated DWI early Friday morning.
"He was in no way cooperative with officers," said Celina Westervelt, a spokeswoman for the Santa Fe Police Department. "He not only cursed at them multiple times, refused to adhere to any of the commands, but then was combative when asked at one point to stand up in the video.
The officer described him as just vulgar and disrespectful on all accounts."
Police caught up with Studi after a security guard found his car parked in the middle of Old Pecos Trail with no lights on. The witness told police that Studi was trying to fix the car, which wasn't drivable.
"This is what the tires looked like," Westervelt said. "You can see there's no rubber on any of the tire."
When police went to interview Studi, dash-camera video caught him bracing himself trying to get out of the car that the witness had him sitting in. When asking his name, officers say Studi had trouble speaking.
Slurring his words, Studi can be heard in the video telling the officer his first name twice, then his last name.
Officers say Studi was showing clear signs of intoxication but told officers he had just a drink.
"Oh you don't know what you were drinking? I can smell something, a strong odor of alcohol on you," said the officer.
"Oh please, I had a... I had a drink, yeah," Studi replied.
Studi also denied driving at first. But as the officer's questions poured in, Studi's demeanor went downhill quickly.
Studi denied a field sobriety test, saying, "No! Hell no! I am so (expletive) drunk. You can understand that. Look at me!!"
Moments later, officers arrested Studi. In the back of the squad car before leaving, the arresting officer asked Studi if he needed anything. As witnesses on dash cam video, his reply was combative.
"You asking me if I want something?" asked Studi, in reply.
"Yeah, is there anything right now, are you OK? We're going over to the police department…" said the officer, who was then cut off by Studi as he shouted "(Expletive) you!"
Later, Studi asked the officer again why he was arrested.
"I was driving drunk, hell yeah, but on the other hand what the (expletive) for?" said Studi.
Studi refused to do a field sobriety test, a Breathalyzer and a blood test. That automatically escalated the charge to aggravated DWI.
Studi is currently working on a new movie called "A Million Ways to Die in the West," which is being filmed in New Mexico.
Santa Fe police say at no point did the arresting officers even know that Studi was an actor until others recognized him at the station. Still, police say that did not have an impact on how police treated or questioned Studi.
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