Let us make clear right off the bat that there’s nothing funny about operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
That said, the details of Bam Margera’s DUI arrest are mildly amusing.
According to TMZ, Margera was taken into custody early Sunday morning by some California Highway patrol officers who had already stopped another vehicle.
For reasons that defy logic, Bam slowed down to chat with the cops, despite the fact that he had been drinking.
The officers say they detected an unmistakable odor of alcohol, and they proceeded to pull Margera over after he drove away from the scene.
The 38-year-old former MTV star failed a field sobriety test and was arrested on the scene.
We can only hope that as they slapped the cuffs on him, Margera turned to a non-existent camera and exclaimed, “I’m Bam Margera, and this is poor life decisions!”
Details of the arrest are scarce, but TMZ reports that Margera’s bail was set at $ 15,000, which is about $ 10,000 more than is customary.
We joked about the circumstances of the incident, but we’d like to reiterate there’s really nothing funny about Margera’s situation.
Back in 2016, Margera reportedly got sober following a shocking appearance on VH1’s Family Therapy, during which he revealed that alcohol had nearly claimed his life on multiple occasions.
Just weeks after the show’s final episode aired, however, it was revealed that Margera was back to boozing, much to the chagrin of his deeply concerned loved ones.
Bam claimed to be sober in a recent interview, but it now looks as though he’s stuck in a cycle of getting clean and falling off the wagon shortly thereafter.
Ironically, Margera has stated that his grief over the loss of Dunn is what drove him to increasingly heavier drinking in recent years.
As a first offender, it’s unlikely that Margera will face jail time, but the news of his arrest is unsettling for reasons that go well beyond the possible legal ramifications.
We’ll have further details on this story as more information becomes available.
In the meantime, here’s hoping Margera is able to finally get the help he seems to so desperately need.