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No laughing matter: Comedian arrested on DUI charge

Pennsylvania native Kevin Hart was arrested this past weekend for DUI, according to a report by the New Pittsburgh Courier.

The comedian and actor was arrested early Sunday morning in Los Angeles while allegedly driving his black Mercedes at 90 miles per hour.

A highway patrol officer said that while weaving through traffic at high speeds, the comedian nearly collided with a gas tanker truck on a freeway.

Officers in a patrol car pursued him, and the comedian pulled his vehicle over after taking a freeway exit.

An officer wrote in his DUI report that Hart was "unable to perform the field sobriety tests."

The comedian later wrote on Twitter that the arrest was "a wake up call for me." He wrote that he has "to be smarter" and that "everything happens for a reason."

In his 2011 stand-up concert movie, "Laugh at My Pain," the Philadelphia native joked about the poor behavior of his father, a recovering cocaine addict.

Hart has a slew of movie credits, including "The Five-Year Engagement," "Think Like a Man" and "Little Fockers." He has seven more projects lined up for release this year and next, according to the Internet Movie Database. The projects include a movie, "Grudge Match," with icons Robert DeNiro and Sylvester Stallone due out later this year.

In unrelated news, former Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Alameda Ta'amu recently received 18 months of probation in a DUI case stemming from his arrest last autumn.

You might recall that Ta'amu was accused of crashing his vehicle into parked cars and then resisting arrest.

Anyone facing a DUI charge should speak with an attorney about their legal options before deciding on a plea.

Source: New Pittsburgh Courier, "Drunken driving arrest a 'wake up' call, comedian Kevin Hart says," April 16, 2013

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