Bill Murray Stopped on Suspicion of DUI in a Golf Cart in Sweden
By: Gerri Elder
When beloved actor Bill Murray was stopped last week in Sweden on suspicion of DUI, the details surrounding the case were interesting on several levels.
To begin with, Murray was stopped on suspicion for DUI while driving a golf cart through downtown Stockholm. Murray, of course, is especially known for his legendary performance as assistant golf course groundskeeper Carl Spackler in the classic 1980 comedy film, Caddyshack. In that movie, Murray's insane character is engaged in a hilarious war with a gopher that keeps destroying the pristine greenery of the course.
Murray is also an avid golfer and even had a television show with his brothers on Comedy Central called "The Sweet Spot." That show, of course, chronicled Murray and his four brothers playing golf, with much comedic buffoonery ensuing.
Anyways, the fact that Murray was stopped for suspicion of DUI on a golf cart naturally prompted a few chuckles. But what else should we expect from Murray, the very definition of a funnyman/madman.
The Bill Murray DUI incident proved even more interesting when it became known that the Lost in Translation Oscar nominee refused a breathalyzer. Specifically, Murray was asked to take a breath test after being stopped on the golf cart and allegedly smelling of alcohol.
Especially noteworthy, Murray cited American legislation when refusing the breath test. Swedish police then administered a blood test, with the results of Murray's blood alcohol content (BAC) level expected back in the next two weeks.
Murray then signed a statement admitting to driving under the influence and agreed to let a police officer plead guilty for him if his Swedish DUI case were to go to court.
Detective-Inspector Christer Holmund of the Stockholm police told the Associated Press that Murray will most likely only be charged for DUI if his blood test results exceeded the 0.02 percent BAC limit in Sweden. The legal BAC limit under the DUI laws in all 50 states is 0.08 percent; thus revealing that Sweden takes a harder stance on driving with alcohol in the system.
Holmund said that Murray could face prison time if his BAC limits were especially high but would most likely be subject to fines. Murray was in Sweden for the Scandinavian Masters golf tournament and was allegedly driving the golf cart back to his hotel from the trendy Cafe Opera nightclub.
The fact that Murray cited American legislation when refusing the breathalyzer is also funny. American laws on breathalyzer refusals vary from state-to-state. While a DUI suspect may refuse a breathalyzer test, he or she may do so with caution as more and more states are bolstering DUI penalties for breathalyzer refusals.
In fact, refusing a breathalyzer test is considered a crime in itself in some states. Whether Murray knew of this is up to debate, but the 56-year-old comedian is apparently not too worried about what will result from his golf-cart adventure in Stockholm.