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Chris Pine charged with drink driving in NZ – reports

Wednesday 12 Mar 2014 3:05 p.m.

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By 3 News online staff

Hollywood actor Chris Pine is believed to have been arrested for drink driving in Canterbury earlier this month.

Police confirmed a 33-year-old American man was stopped for a routine drink drive test near Methven early on the morning of March 1. The man is due to appear in the Ashburton District Court next week on a charge of driving with excess blood alcohol.

Several media outlets have identified Pine – in the country filming Z for Zachariah – as the defendant; however a publicist for the film could not be reached for comment.

Details have since emerged of a Z for Zachariah wrap party held at Methven's Blue Pub on March 1, the day Pine was allegedly arrested.

Chris Pine at Methven's Blue Pub
Chris Pine at Methven's Blue Pub on March 1 (Facebook.com)

Bar manager Casey Crawford told 3 News around 70 or 80 cast and crew booked out the pub for the evening and Pine was "really, really, really well-behaved".

"It was a good night but it wasn't anything outrageous," he said. "I have more trouble with rugby teams on a Saturday night than I did with this crew."

Mr Crawford said drivers were available to the group and had been taking people to and from their accommodation throughout the night.

The party ran until 3am, with crew members watching a blooper reel and eating finger food. Mr Crawford said Pine left around 2am.

The actor is a recent up-and-comer in Hollywood and has starred in a number of films including Star TrekUnstoppable and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

He's been on set for Z for Zachariah in Canterbury's Banks Peninsula over the last few months. Pine is one of three big stars bunking down in the region, including Oscar nominee Chiewetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) and Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street).

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