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Anchorman The Office star David Koechner arrested for suspected DUI spends New Years Even jail cell

Anchorman star David Koechner, 59, is seen filling up his dented SUV with gas days after his DUI arrest when he ‘crashed his car into a street sign’ and was forced to spend New Year’s Eve in a jail cell

  • David Koechner was arrested for a suspected DUI on New Year’s Eve
  • Police in Simi Valley, California were called around 3pm on Friday to deal with with an ‘erratic driver’
  • Anchorman actor allegedly hit a street sign with his car
  • Koechner was then given a field sobriety test which he failed and his car towed
  • He was booked into Ventura County Jail at 5:15pm and stayed there until the following morning when he was released just before 6am
  • He is expected to appear at the Ventura County Superior Court on March 30
  • Koechner, 59, was spotted filling up a dented SUV with gas on Sunday  
  • Koechner known for his roles in The Office, Superior Donuts and The Goldbergs 










Actor David Koechner has been spotted filling up a badly dented car just after he was arrested for suspected DUI after he crashed into a street sign on New Year’s Eve.

Koechner, 59, known for his roles as Champ Kind in the Anchorman films and Todd Packer in The Office, was arrested at around 3pm in Simi Valley, California, according to TMZ after police were called to deal with an ‘erratic driver’.

The star was asked to perform field sobriety tests which he failed after allegedly hitting a street sign with his car. His vehicle was towed shortly afterwards.

Records detail how he was booked into Ventura County Jail at 5:15pm on Friday to be released the following morning on New Year’s Day, just before 6am.

Anchorman star David Koechner was seen filling up his car after reportedly being arrested for DUI on New Years Eve

Koechner could be seen carrying a 'Big Gulp' soda as he walked out of the gas station

Koechner could be seen carrying a ‘Big Gulp’ soda as he walked out of the gas station 

The car Koechner was driving has noticeable damage on the rear passengers side although it is not known if it is the same vehicle he was driving at the time of his arrest

The car Koechner was driving has noticeable damage on the rear passengers side although it is not known if it is the same vehicle he was driving at the time of his arrest

He now has a court date scheduled for March 30 at the Ventura County Superior Court.

So far, Koechner has not addressed the arrest publicly. 

On Sunday, the actor was spotted filling up a bashed up SUV with gas at a Shell filling station. 

Dressed in a green hoodie and jeans, Koechner could be seen taking a sip from a Big Gulp drink that he obtained from the gas station store before driving away in the battered vehicle.

It is not known if it is the same car which was involved in Friday night’s crash. 

Koechner is best known for his roles as the sportscaster Champ in the Anchorman films, which he stars in alongside Will Ferrell.

In the American version of the The Office, he played unsettling salesman Todd Packer. 

The Office star could be seen taking a big gulp of his soda as he made his way back to his car

The Office star could be seen taking a big gulp of his soda as he made his way back to his car 

Koechner was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. He is pictured walking back to his car

Koechner was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. He is pictured walking back to his car

On Sunday, Koechner was spotted pumping gas into a white car.

It’s not known if the car is the same one Koechner was driving at the time of the incident but there was some noticeable damage towards the rear of the SUV.

It appears to be the actor’s first DUI in the state of California.

Koechner is due to start his upcoming comedy tour on January 6 in Rochester, New York.   

Police in Simi Valley, California were called around 3pm on New Year's Eve (Friday) to deal with with an 'erratic driver', allegedly Koechner

Police in Simi Valley, California were called around 3pm on New Year’s Eve (Friday) to deal with with an ‘erratic driver’, allegedly Koechner 

The actor is pictured as he drives out of the Shell gas station

The actor is pictured as he drives out of the Shell gas station 

He was booked into Ventura County Jail, pictured, at 5:15pm and stayed there until the following morning when he was released just before 6am

He was booked into Ventura County Jail, pictured, at 5:15pm and stayed there until the following morning when he was released just before 6am

From left, Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell, David Koechner and Steve Carell  pictured in Anchorman 2

From left, Paul Rudd, Will Ferrell, David Koechner and Steve Carell  pictured in Anchorman 2

Koechner is due to start his upcoming comedy tour on January 6 in Rochester, New York

Koechner is due to start his upcoming comedy tour on January 6 in Rochester, New York

Koechner joined the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1995, along with a few of his Second City comedians Nancy Walls and Adam McKay.

While he only lasted one season on SNL, he would team up with McKay and his SNL castmate Will Ferrell in the 2004 hit comedy Anchorman as sports reporter Champ Kind, which boosted his career further.

Koechner has had a recurring role on ABC’s The Goldbergs as Bill Lewis since 2015. 

He split from his wife of more than 20 years, Leigh Koechner, in 2020. 

No cause for divorce was revealed, but the couple have five children together, Charlie, Sargent, Audrey, Margot and Eve.

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