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Actor Pine on drink driving charge

Hollywood actor Chris Pine, known for playing Captain Kirk in the rebooted Star Trek movies, has been charged with drunken driving in New Zealand.

The actor is due to make his first court appearance in the case on Monday, court officials said this morning.

New Zealand Police said in a statement that a 33-year-old American was charged on March 1 with driving with a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit, which in New Zealand is .08pc. Police did not name the man, but said he was stopped during a routine early-morning check near the South Island town of Methven.

Pine has been in New Zealand filming the movie Z for Zachariah, which is due for release next year.

Casey Crawford, manager of the Blue Pub, said Pine was attending a celebration at the bar and was drinking beer with his girlfriend and did not appear intoxicated before leaving at about 2.30am, adding that Pine had obliged locals who wanted their photo taken with him.