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Garrett Hedlund is being sued for negligence over car crash on night of his 2020 DUI arrest


Garrett Hedlund is being sued for negligence over car crash that took place on night of his 2020 DUI arrest

  • Hedlund, 36, reportedly crashed into another car with a woman and three children while under the influence of alcohol
  • He allegedly attempted to flee the scene without calling an ambulance
  • On the night of his arrest, Hedlund’s blood level tested twice the legal limit
  • The family is suing the actor for damages 


Garrett Hedlund is being sued for a car crash that took place on the night of his 2020 DUI arrest.

The actor, 36, is being accused of crashing into another car – containing a woman and three children – passed out drunk behind the wheel of his Jeep and running a red light.

The family claims that Hedlund – whose blood alcohol on the night in question was twice the legal limit of .08 – attempted to flee the scene without calling an ambulance.

Sued: Garrett Hedlund, 36, is being sued for a car crash that took place on the night of his 2020 DUI arrest. The actor is being accused of crashing into another car - containing a woman and three children - passed out drunk behind the wheel of his Jeep and running a red light; Pictured in 2019

Sued: Garrett Hedlund, 36, is being sued for a car crash that took place on the night of his 2020 DUI arrest. The actor is being accused of crashing into another car – containing a woman and three children – passed out drunk behind the wheel of his Jeep and running a red light; Pictured in 2019

In court documents obtained by PEOPLE, the actor’s conduct is deemed as ‘despicable.’

‘Hedlund’s conduct was despicable in that he knew and was educated in the dangers presented to Plaintiffs and the public when he operated a vehicle while intoxicated,’ the complaint read.

The complaint also described the strong odor of alcohol coming from the The Tron: Legacy actor.

‘There was a very strong odor of hard liquor emitting from Hedlund’s breath, body, and the cab of the Jeep despite the windows being open/broken,’ it read.

The complaint went on to say that the star attempted to get rid of ‘open bottles of alcoholic beverages’ present in the vehicle before the police arrived.

The injured family also claims that he attempted to flee the scene and had to have his car keys removed to ensure that he wouldn’t leave.  

Negligent: The family claims that Hedlund - whose blood alcohol on the night in question was twice the legal limit of .08 - attempted to flee the scene without calling an ambulance. The family is suing Garrett for damages; Pictured in 2021

Negligent: The family claims that Hedlund – whose blood alcohol on the night in question was twice the legal limit of .08 – attempted to flee the scene without calling an ambulance. The family is suing Garrett for damages; Pictured in 2021 

The actor refused a DUI test at the scene of the accident. When he was tested at the station two hours later, his blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.

The family is suing Garrett for damages. 

Hedlund was arrested on two DUI offenses in February, 2020. Following the arrest, the actor was arraigned later that month and able to bail out on $100k bond.

The Tron: Legacy actor served a 36-months of probation, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court documents obtained by Page Six.  

Hedlund was subsequently assigned three days of community service for one of the counts. The second charge was dismissed.

Additionally he was required to enroll in a nine-month first-offender alcohol and other drug education and counseling program.   

His team says that Hedlund didn’t resist seeking intervention for his substance abuse, according to Page Six. ‘When the incident occurred, Garrett immediately sought treatment which was successful. Today, he is in a solid and great place,’ reps told the outlet.

The arrest came as the actor was expecting his first child with actress Emma Roberts, 30. She went on to give birth to their son Rhodes at the end of 2020.

The couple have reportedly split up since then. 

Sad: The arrest came as the actor was expecting his first child with actress Emma Roberts, 30. She went on to give birth to their son Rhodes Robert at the end of 2020

Sad: The arrest came as the actor was expecting his first child with actress Emma Roberts, 30. She went on to give birth to their son Rhodes Robert at the end of 2020 

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