Richie Sambora gets a DUI – with daughter & her friend in car


Though he went to rehab twice last year, in July and September, sobriety is apparently still an elusive concept for Richie Sambora. The Bon Jovi guitarist was arrested late last night and cited for driving under the influence in Laguna Beach. Police also confirmed that he had a female passenger in the car with him, who TMZ is reporting was his 10-year-old daughter Ava. Ava’s mother is Sambora’s ex-wife Heather Locklear.

Laguna Beach Police Sgt. Jason Kravetz confirmed to E! News that officers first spotted the 47-year-old’s black Hummer driving erratically on the Pacific Coast Highway at roughly 10:52 p.m. Tuesday. Officers briefly followed his swerving vehicle before pulling him over.

The Lost Highway rocker was administered several field sobriety tests, all of which he failed, and was taken into custody just after 11 p.m.

Once at the nearby police station, the rocker, whom cops described as being “very cooperative,” opted to take a blood test in lieu of a Breathalyzer. His blood-alcohol level has yet to be released, though police say there was no indication of drugs in his system.

Sambora was booked, briefly housed and released from the station just after 4 a.m. Wednesday morning on his own recognizance.

[From E! News]

My mind will never cease to be boggled by the sheer amount of celebrities who cannot seem to afford to call a cab or a car service. I’d be interested to find out if the percentage of DUIs is higher for famous people, or if it just seems that way because they get attention for it. Driving drunk is absolutely inexcusable, driving drunk with your 10-year-old in the car is beyond my comprehension. And I have to say that – while it’s never a good idea to piss off your ex – it’s an extra bad idea to do that when your ex is Heather Locklear. I obviously don’t know the woman, but she just has that, “Mess with me and I’ll grind your balls into the cement,” expression on her face all the time. I can only imagine what would happen if you messed with her kid.

Seriously, the celebrity DUI thing is so played out that I can’t even summon righteous indignation anymore. It’s really sad that this has become so commonplace that it just merits a shoulder shrug.

Here’s Richie Sambora with ex-wife Heather Locklear and daughter Ava at the “Perfect Man” premiere in June of 2005. Images thanks to PR Photos.

Update by Celebitchy: US Weekly reports that three other females were in the car, two of them juveniles, according to police. That probably means that one of Ava’s friends was n the car, along with another adult passenger. TMZ notes that Sambora could be charged with child endangerment.


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  1. Carrie says:

    I hope it wasn’t the little girl who was the passenger. That’s too bad, to see your father in that condition, never mind one day understanding what kind of predicament he knowingly placed you both in.

    I like my booze as much as the next person, but isn’t it cheaper in the long run – and obviously much safer – to JUST CALL A CAB!

  2. MSat says:

    Ok, getting a DUI with your kids in the car is a new low– even for Hollywood!

    Wow, that Cirque Lodge works miracles…ask Lindsay.

  3. gg says:

    Oh dear. He’s fucked himself this time.

  4. Wow. He drives drunk with his child in the car, and wasn’t Heather on the brink of suicide recently? these two sound like FANTASTIC parents.

  5. headache says:

    Say goodbye to joint custody.

    He will be lucky if he gets supervised visitation.

  6. Syko says:

    Killin’s too good for him.

  7. Daisy says:

    I will never understand why they don’t hire a driver. they are wealthy enough go and get shitefaced but DONT DRIVE DRUNK and especially with your little girl. yeah rehab did wonders for him @@

  8. minx says:

    that’s too bad, I’m sure Heather will use it to keep the kid away from him (not that I can blame her). Apparently, she has her own problems so the little girl has TWO parents with major issues. I’ve never liked Heather, btw, she seems like a self-centered, typically Hollywood, vain person and he seems like a tool. I wonder if Denise will pounce back at him now that he’s in trouble and probably needing some sympathy.

  9. Bellatrix says:

    I am not even going to comment how insane it is to drive under influence with children by your side (even without : you could kill many lives if causing an accident due to DUI).

    But that is one ugly mugshot, people.

  10. Rosie says:

    Well, I have to say that if that were my child’s father, I probably would never allow her in the car with him again. Rumor is that Heather has a problem with alcahol too and she’s a partier from way back. Let’s just hope that Ava doesn’t have two parents who drive under the influence. I’ve been a Richie fan for years, but there is no excuse for driving under the influence, especially when you can afford a driver. Take a limo people!

  11. Jesse says:

    This couple had it all…Watching how they kill themselves slowly is the most painful of all hollywood couples. Their child will carry the wounds though long after we have forgotten their names. To both..grow up. Your daughter needs you. This is no longer about your own egos. Both of you need to live and walk a 12 step porogram so that your daughter can have a life that is not seeded by your own errors.