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Avery Brooks Arrested For DUI January 31, 2012

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It looks like one of Star Trek’s captains is in a bit of trouble. According to TMZ, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Avery Brooks was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of drunken driving. More details below.



Brooks arrested for DUI

TMZ is reporting that Avery Brooks, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’s Captain Sisko, was arrested on Sunday in Wilton, Connecticut for suspicion of drunken driving. According to the report "someone complained he was driving erratically" and so he was pulled over by police and arrested following a sobriety test.

Avery Brooks in September 2011 at FedCon "Captains Table" event in Germany

Thanks to Darryl


1. Calbie - January 31, 2012

He’s still awesome.

2. The Unknown Poster - January 31, 2012

batshit crazy

3. boborci - January 31, 2012


4. The Keeper - January 31, 2012

That bum!
Hope he gets help.

5. Sick of Racist Cops - January 31, 2012

He wouldn’t have been pulled over if he was white. Cops are always out to get us! In the 24th Century, they wouldn’t arrest him for drinking and driving simply because he was black.

6. Jerry Silber - January 31, 2012

We need to see this in perspective, don’t we. Separate the character of Captain Benjamin Sisko and Avery Brooks – the actor who is a human being just like anyone else. We don’t really know the man’s private life. It’s none of our business. I respect his privacy. It’s unfortunate this event did happen. It’s good he and no one else was hurt. I hope he gets the help he needs – if he needs it. What more is there to say? Avery Brooks – actor – is not Captain Benjamin Lafayette Sisko of Starfleet in Star Trek. Maybe it’s simplistic to say, but why should this be news?

7. Trek Or Treat - January 31, 2012

Big Bummer. Surprising as well (at least to me) .Hope he’s ok.

8. Dr.Diehard - January 31, 2012

Maybe his guidance system was malfunctioning?

9. Schultz - January 31, 2012

One to beam out.

10. Cap'n Calhoun - January 31, 2012

@5: “In the 24th Century, they wouldn’t arrest him for drinking and driving simply because he was black.”

Would they still arrest him for drinking and driving because he was drinking and driving?

11. Browncoat1984 - January 31, 2012

#5 that’s stupid

#6 exactly, and he hasn’t even played Captain Sisko in over a decade. From his interview with Shatner, he seemed to me a little out there on his ideas lol.

12. Captain Shamu - January 31, 2012

Maybe the officer wasn’t a fan of Deep Space Nine?

13. Kev-1 - January 31, 2012

It’s hard to realize these guys (and women) are people too. Even the real Enterprise (CVN-65) captain can get in trouble. He’s not the first. Hope this works out for the best. Kind of agree with #6.

14. jas_montreal - January 31, 2012

Lol. Who cares. Soo many people drink and don’t get caught. They made this a big deal just because he’s a celebrity.

15. theadagency - January 31, 2012

Should have claimed he thought he was in a holodeck malfunction.

@5: I award thee 3 troll points out of a possible 100. Anyone taking you seriously needs to take a sanity check.

16. mpmonroe88 - January 31, 2012

Everyone follow @boborci on twitter! If he gets 10k followers, he’ll post a pic of the set! 15k and he’ll post a random script page!

Post this, Anthony!

17. Harry Ballz - January 31, 2012

Judging by the behaviour of Avery Brooks in “The Captains” documentary, I only have one question: When is this guy NOT stoned?

18. njdss4 - January 31, 2012

After watching a bit of The Captains on Netflix, I can safely say Mr. Brooks is an odd fellow. Still, I hope that this DUI is not a sign of a larger problem.

19. Phil - January 31, 2012

No one is perfect! He will always be AWESOME!

20. Greenberg - January 31, 2012

“You have the right to remain silent-”
*beat poet rant commences*

21. lemrick - January 31, 2012

Hope everything works out for the best. Glad no one was hurt.

22. Nony - January 31, 2012

Oh no! Very surprising. I hope it’s just a case of him misjudging the effects of some medication or something.

23. JP Saylor - January 31, 2012

Pssh, the Sisko is still the shiznit in my book.

24. Drew - January 31, 2012

My favorite website just referenced TMZ…I feel dirty.

25. pilotfred - January 31, 2012

hope its sorted out quick for him and be able to get on with the rest of his life

he may come across a bit crazy in the captains however a good actor,great voice

i so hope it was not because he is black thats so wrong what its been around 150 years since Lincoln came out and said no one should be a slave and earlier in the uk

26. Caesar - January 31, 2012


27. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - January 31, 2012

Very Sad. I hope Avery get’s the help he need’s.
He will always be. The Sisko.

28. Bucky - January 31, 2012

The Sisko needed an appearance of the Orb of Sobriety to bail him out!

29. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - January 31, 2012

#5. I and Mongo and a few others will find you and place you in the Agony Booth for being the Troller you are. The duration time of the Agony booth for you. When ever Mongo remembers to turn it off.

30. Riker's Beard. - January 31, 2012

I don’t believe in any religion, but the old saying “let he who is without sin, cast the first stone” comes to mind.

Still one of the best actors I’ve had the pleasure of watching, and he’s the skipper from my favourite show (by about 1 micrometer over TNG). lol

31. Amish Electrician - January 31, 2012

Goodbye Synsahol hello vodka

32. DavidJ - January 31, 2012

17. Agreed.

I don’t know what the heck he was on, but it was definitely more than just being “out there” or “high on life.”

Pretty good piano player though.

33. dharmaworkman - January 31, 2012

If he were cast on LOST, he’d be gone in a matter of episodes.

34. scifib5st - January 31, 2012

Viacom has now blocked the video because of copyrighted content….
Next time try blocking the DUI Viacom

35. Chuck - January 31, 2012

Should have let Worf drive the defiant…

36. Seattle Trek Fan - January 31, 2012

For a man who as accomplished so much, from being the first African-American to graduate from Rutgers with a MFA in acting AND directing to playing the Star Trek equivalent of Chuck Norris, I say the man is allowed to make a mistake.

Hopefully Brooks will get probation from this and will choose to call a friend for a ride in the future.

37. Factchecker - January 31, 2012

@ #5

Gee….”driving erratically” doesn’t discriminate. Any person can do it…no matter their color.

Get a grip.

38. Charla - January 31, 2012

nice try #5. Kindly step into the agonizer booth… If you drink and drive, no matter what color, you deserve to be arrested. period. Same for any drug. but don’t cry racist w/o knowing the facts about his arrest.

Thankfully Avery was apprehended before hurting himself or anyone else. I do hope he learns from this and if he needs help, gets it.

39. Vultan - January 31, 2012

What’s over the legal limit in Connecticut? Sniffing a glass of wine?

40. Nano - January 31, 2012

Making a mistake or error in judgement doesn’t mean he needs help, but after watching “The Captains” I might agree. The Captain definitely suffers from Space Dimensia….

41. Shilliam Watner - January 31, 2012

It happens. Won’t change my opinion on Avery Brooks’ Sisko being one of the top three most charismatic characters in Star Trek. I love him, and wish I could see more of him on film and TV.

42. Trek Tech - January 31, 2012

I wonder if it was Chateau Picard?

43. Dr. Cheis - January 31, 2012

But at least he looked cool doing it.

44. PEB - January 31, 2012


45. Anthony Pascale - January 31, 2012

swapped non-working video with most recent photo we have of Brooks

46. PEB - January 31, 2012

Wasnt Martok arrested a while back for something crazy? Oh, those DS9ers still doesnt change my oppinion about them though.

47. Magic_Al - January 31, 2012

Driving while impaired on a public road is not a private act. It’s being a danger to the public, which is anyone who has the misfortune to be in the path of a vehicle that is not under the control of a sober driver. Luckily no one was in the path this time, but luck is all it is. There is no privacy to respect here. People can drink all they want, or ingest whatever pleases them as far as I’m concerned, but it’s not too much to ask that someone stay off the road when they can’t drive.

48. Shunnabunich - January 31, 2012

@6: This is news only because, quite simply, Star Trek fans care about the people who brought Star Trek to life. Whatever the circumstances may have been, I wish Mr. Brooks a speedy resolution to this little embarrassment (because, let’s face it, it’s not like he got pulled over for blowing up an orphanage).

49. Keachick - rose pinenut - January 31, 2012

#5 No. They would arrest him because he was drinking and driving – drinking and driving being the operative words here.

Foolish man. I hope all is well now and pleased that he and no one else was hurt. I hope this DUI is not a habit of Avery Brooks.

That is what people want cops/law enforcement to be there for – to prevent tragedy and protect people. Would it have been better if the thread posted had told us that Avery Brooks had been involved in car crash and that he and others had been (seriously) injured, even killed? Good catch, for the sake of Avery Brooks and for anybody else driving along that road at the time.

50. The son of all - January 31, 2012

I’m suprised the Defiant didnt come to his rescue. Damn you Worf! This is not a good day to die! Come and pick me up!

51. JP - January 31, 2012

#5 = Iva?

Same rhetoric that Iva was using in that other thread. Same person?

52. jamesingeneva - January 31, 2012

surely a sign of times to come…

53. tony - January 31, 2012

dam the luck!! great guy!!!

54. Khan was Framed! - January 31, 2012

I love Avery Brooks, but anyone who’s seen William Shatner’s “The Captains” knows that this man is completely out of his mind!

@47 – So you feel that, without a chance for an alleged drunk driver to prove their innocence in court, they should be subjected to this type of public scrutiny?

You have an interesting concept of justice.

This type of gossip should be illegal to publicize until the defendent has been found guilty. Charges mean nothing, it’s convictions that count.

55. Deflector Dish Guy - January 31, 2012

Will someone please moderate #5?!

56. Commodore Mike of the Terran Empire - January 31, 2012

Mongo has Number 5 all taken care of in the Agony booth.

57. Blake Powers - January 31, 2012

DUI doesn’t necessarily mean booze.. Can’t say i’m surprised. Pretty sure he was on peyote filming the shatner doc.

58. The Unknown Poster - January 31, 2012

Absolutely batshit crazy.

59. Drew - January 31, 2012

Peyote? *facepalm*

60. Basement Blogger - January 31, 2012

Avery, you have my support.

61. CarlG - January 31, 2012

Well, at least he wasn’t hurt and didn’t hurt anyone else before he was pulled over.

62. Red Dead Ryan - January 31, 2012

Too bad. I hope Avery gets the help he needs. Too many people die during DUIs. Glad he wasn’t one of them.

And I hope #5 (SRC) gets the mental and pyschiatric help he or she desperately needs

63. AlienTwo - January 31, 2012

Looks like he should have switched to synthohol…

64. CaptainDonovin - January 31, 2012

Well I’m just glad someone wasn’t hurt or worse because of this. As much as I love DS9 & the Sisko character, the actor made a poor choice. Next time call a cab.

65. Dee - lvs moon' surface - January 31, 2012

Bad moment for sure…

66. MajorEzytarget - January 31, 2012

Somehow I doubt he was drunk. He was clearly on something like he always is though. Still it doesn’t affect my opinion of the character of Sisko at all. It’s just that much of a non issue to me what someone does outside their job. Especially a job that happened a long time ago.

67. MJ - January 31, 2012

@5. Yes, nobody ever pulls over white drivers who are driving drunk.


68. Bob Tompkins - January 31, 2012

We can be grateful that no one was hurt. If he needs help, maybe this will prompt him to get it. I sincerely hope so.
Too many people believe they are OK to drive after having one too many not realizing it doesn’t take all that much alcohol to be legally drunk in the eyes of the law.The Center for Disease Control says the drunk driver drives drunk 80 times before being caught, on average.

69. Gary S. - January 31, 2012

Sorry to hear this.
I hope it works it out for him in the end.

70. andrew - January 31, 2012

Avery Brooks 4 life!!! I’m not judging!!! LLAP

71. OwlFan 352 - January 31, 2012

In the 24th Century, they wouldn’t arrest him for drinking and driving simply because they use the transporters to get everywhere.

72. Edwin - January 31, 2012

Damn — he was in CT! I live in CT! I could have been his designated driver! :)

73. m1abrams - January 31, 2012

Its proven you can’t play the piano and drive at the same time.

74. Driver - January 31, 2012

And you should refrain from singing and waving your arms about when feeling good….and driving.

75. Platitude - January 31, 2012

I loved his interview with Shatner. His quirkiness kept Shatner from turning the interview back around to himself like he did with the other ones.

76. Gabriel Bell - January 31, 2012

#20 Greenberg
Brilliant comment. Thank you.

77. Adam E - January 31, 2012

Will synthehol show up in a sobriety test?

78. Adam E - January 31, 2012

What I sould’ve asked is if it will show up in a breathalyzer test.

79. NanoTechDudeLA - January 31, 2012

68. Bob Tompkins – January 31, 2012

Couldn’t agree more!
Wow, 80 times before getting caught, according to CDC? That’s a disaster.

80. William - January 31, 2012

Almost 90 posts and not one Synthahol joke. Wow!

81. MC1 Doug - January 31, 2012

I’m sorry to read of this. I wonder how many of us can say we’ve never driven under the influence? Holding our heroes up to the light in such a fashion, to me, does little good.

We are all human’ we all make mistakes and thankfully, no one was harmed.

Avery Brooks is still an inspiration to me and to countless others, perhaps his star is now just a tad bit tarnished showing his normalcy.

82. Jerry Silber - January 31, 2012

This situation is not a reflection on Trek fans. His ideas of what some narrow minded people call “way out there” have nothing to do with it. I think we should mind our business and let the man take care of what he needs to. It has nothing to do with his race, skin color, etc. If the man feels it does, he will do what he needs to do. I think we need to stay the hell out of his business. Those who drive hopefully do the right thing.

83. Joel - January 31, 2012

Something tells me when he was pulled over, Mr. Brooks’ response was, “Is I not driving the Deep Space 9 within Starfleet regulations?”

Police officer: “Mr. Brooks….”


Police officer: “Mr. Bro, I mean Captain Sisko, whatever…. you’re coming with us, so please step out of your space station.”

84. Mike - January 31, 2012

I hope Avery pulls through this and takes some time to reflect, make this a one time issue. It could be a simple slip on his part, no one was hurt, so no biggie.

Avery, you are in the hearts and minds of millions of fans. Best wishes and peace.

85. VZXq - January 31, 2012

Well that sucks.

The Sisko could use some prophet guidance.

86. N - January 31, 2012

@35 “Should have let Worf drive the defiant…”

Definitely better than letting Deanna drive an Enterprise haha

87. Keachick - rose pinenut - January 31, 2012

I have never driven a car after I’ve had any alcohol or on antihistamines before the non-drowsy causing ones became available. Been way too scared to drive. Just saying.

At the moment there is an advertising campaign on TV warning people about dangers of driving while on certain medications, especially if they have just been prescribed the medicines. People are not always aware just how much of an effect a new medication can have on their alertness and co-ordination. Drugs affect people in different ways, so a medication that might not impair one person in any way could have a very different effect on someone else. Drugs always carry warnings, but nevertheless. People often don’t consider legal medications in the same way that they view alcohol or illegal drugs and this can have tragic consequences.

88. sisko - January 31, 2012

While the Sisko may still be the best of the spin-off captains, Avery Brooks needs to learn a lesson or two about alcohol from Nimoy.

89. OtterVomit - January 31, 2012


90. GarySeven - January 31, 2012

Wow, I was watching a DS9 episode, Avery Brooks was talking, and I decided to check this site and saw this. Feels weird.

91. Bob Tompkins - January 31, 2012

79. NanoTechDudeLA – January 31, 2012
Yeah, I couldn’t believe that CDC stat either until I really thought about it. How many cars do you see at bars and night spots; how many of those people actually have a designated driver? Not all that many.
I am especially alert and wary on the road on any weekend night. I see cars pass and I wonder exactly how many of them were just out clubbing or drinking at a bar and I always come up with the same answer- far too many.

92. WillH85 - January 31, 2012


Seriously? So the cops watched him drive erratically, pulled along side his car, saw that he was black, and then decided to pull him over? Yep lets blame white people for a drunk person getting arrested for a DUI.

I see plenty of white people around here get arrested for DUIs. Don’t get me wrong, I think plenty of cops profile, but I see no evidence of any kind that this was the case here. People can be idiots and think that its ok to drink and drive, at least until they get in an accident and get someone killed or hurt badly.

93. XMind - January 31, 2012

Avery, use synthehol instead.

94. Gorn Born - January 31, 2012

Less TMZ, more Science Friday (or Saturday or whatever) please.

95. Khan was Framed! - January 31, 2012

@71 Hilarious! :)

I totally pictured him in the drivers seat, with a piano where the steering wheel should be, singing answers to his wife and then singing over her when she sings back.

Seriously, I love this man. He is one of the strongest actors in all of Trekdom & that’s saying something! But that interview in The Captains was just insane.


I’ll reserve judgement on the DUI until we hear of a court ruling.

96. Khan was Framed! - February 1, 2012

@94 Ditto.

And I’d love to see a scifi movies/tv update back on this site again.

Maybe monthly instead of weekly, if it’s too tough to update it that frequently?

97. Buzz Cagney - February 1, 2012

I’m just happy he didn’t injure, or worse, an innocent passer by.

98. Aussie Ian - February 1, 2012

* Sung to the melody of “Blame It On The Boogie”

We spent the night with Sisko,
swerving past the disco,
from that night I kissed safety goooodbyyyyye!!!

Don’t blame it on the white cops,
Don’t blame it on the black guy,

Blame it on the Prophets!

Seriously, I sincerely hope that this wake up call without injury is heeded and that Avery is still around to astound and confuse us at future conventions.

99. King of Nerdz - February 1, 2012



100. Tom - February 1, 2012

How many of you guys would be as forgiving if, let’s say Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh got pulled over with a DUI?

Methinks none of you are objective and your ideology is rooted in bias. He could have killed someone. How many people here seem to know that? Had it been a Republican you revile, you’d mock him, attack him and demand that the book be thrown at him.

I suppose that compassion is reserved only for like-minds. How enlightened. Diversity…..of race, sexual preference, ethnicity, gender identification…. Just not political ideology. There everyone must be in lockstep.

Yes, perhaps this message is heavy handed…. But the intellectually honest among you have to admit its true.

And none of you are above the self-reflection my post asks of you.

101. T'Pol's Lover - February 1, 2012

You may WALK with the prophets, Emissary.

102. Spock/Uhura Fan - February 1, 2012

This is sad on two fronts:

1. That it happened.

I truly wish Mr. Brooks the best, and he’s still the best captain as Sisko, regardless. While I have never driven under the influence of anything, I would not judge him or call him foolish without knowing what all happened. And what all happened is not my business. I’m just glad that everyone is safe and no one wss hurt.

As people get up in age, there is more of a need for a chauffer anyway, and I hope he gets something worked out in that regard. He seems to be a very good and loving person, and once more, I wish him the very best.

2. This site reporting it.

I don’t understand the reason behind posting this. Celebrity events and award shows I get because they are done for publicity. Quinto ‘coming out’ was done by the actor himself and was done for the purpose of social awareness and human equity. Science updates are informative, and movie updates are about a product that the audience can/will buy. But what was this? I’m sure there’s a reason; I just don’t think I’ll believe it to be a good one.
I’m with those that are for less TMZ… :-/


I always wonder how they come up with those kinds of statistics when the people don’t get caught. I don’t know if the number’s really 80, but I do believe that some people drive when they shouldn’t. Designated drivers are key.

@#75. Platitude

I wonder, do you think that was the point?

103. Spock/Uhura Fan - February 1, 2012

@#100 Tom

What? When did this turn into politics? :-/

Okay, that’s my cue to leave…

104. VulcanFilmCritic - February 1, 2012

I’m not much of a fan of DS9, and I haven’t seen “The Captains” video yet, but every time I’ve heard Mr. Brooks speak or comment on the show, there seems to be a disconnect there. Often he just repeats what the questioner has asked or makes a somewhat bland comment. All the while smiling or laughing in a giddy manner.

I can’t be believe that he is high ALL THE TIME, and therefore, I would wonder about a more serious problem…DEMENTIA. You can certainly see it in cases of chronic alcohol abuse: alcoholic dementia, confabulation, Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome, alcoholic hallucinosis, etc.
And, as glorified in the movies, chronic abuse of marijuana can also lead to a type of dementia.

I hope that this is a wake-up call to Mr. Brooks, and that he gets the care he needs. Maybe Leonard NImoy (who is also a recovering alcoholic) can give him a call and a nice little Dutch uncle speech. Then perhaps this story can have a happy ending.

105. Bob Tompkins - February 1, 2012

Perhaps some of that will rub off on Mr. Brooks :)

106. Robert H. - February 1, 2012

He’s only human, so it wouldn’t surprise me.

107. The_Bear - February 1, 2012

I’m glad they got him off the road before he killed someone. Shame on you Mr. Avery, whether you like it or not, you are a role model for people and should conduct yourself appropriately.

108. Mr Splurge - February 1, 2012

Who is this guy and why isn’t he wearing a red shirt?

109. NoSeth - February 1, 2012

Well, I believe we have the winner of the biggest douchebag actor in Trek history. He could have killed someone. He should have his driver’s license suspended for at least a year for that, if not taken away permanently. And he should be thankful he was lucky enough NOT to hurt anyone.

What a piece of garbage.

110. NoSeth - February 1, 2012

Oh, and if this was a Republican, it would make no difference. It’s the crime, not the ideology that matters. For anyone to even try to defend Brooks, based on anything, shows a complete lack of judgement. There is no race, no politics, no religion, no ideology here. The only thing that matters is DUI, and that’s a crime that has to be taken VERY seriously.

111. The WallDoctor - February 1, 2012

Is it just me, or does Avery Brooks look a bit like Herman Cain? Especially in the one thumbnail picture at the heading of this article?

112. Pensive's Wetness - February 1, 2012

its why i never drink much of anything anymore, having keys (of course since i was drunk like every weekend on my first Tour-of-Duty in Italy while in the Navy, so i drank myself out of the habit by the time i got my driver’s licence later on LOL)

dunno what’s going on in his life, i hope, however, someone helps unf**& it up for him. he can survive this with good help from friends and stuff.

But since Hollywood likes to eat it’s young….derp?

113. cjc96 - February 1, 2012

Ten bucks says the cop was a Voyager fan.

114. Skippy - February 1, 2012

@113: Or worse, an Enterprise fan.

115. Remember stardate 51721.3 - February 1, 2012

Avery Brooks was arrested for drunken driving. In that moment, he made a decision: he’s going to bring the romulans into the war.

116. Peter Mantzioros - February 1, 2012

Did he think he was in the holodeck??

117. Sybok's Secret Brother - February 1, 2012

Professor Brooks,

Be well and take care of yourself. Glad no one was hurt.

118. Trekboi - February 1, 2012

Great role model lol
Never liked Him, only main cast memeber I haven’t bothered to see at conventions, no im not racist I love LeVar & Dorny

119. rogue_alice - February 1, 2012

That’s a shame. Hope he can get it together.

120. Captain McColl - February 1, 2012

Why are people so pi$sed off at this?
I have driven under alcohol and weed before, yes it is stupid but I don’t think I know anybody who HASN’T done it. I am sure that 90% of people who do it haven’t been caught and I would bet everything I have that Shatner, Stewart Mulgrew and Pine have done it at least once.
Brooks didn’t have to be driving erratically either, it could have been a routine stop and search and he had bad luck because of a couple of beers.

121. Spacecadet - February 1, 2012

like him. :) and do not know all the facts in this case, watson ;)

122. jas_montreal - February 1, 2012

Ppl are over-doing it. Who cares Lol. Soo many people drink. Avery drinks and gets caught. So what…. god sakes. I don’t think anything less of him or his character. So who cares….. Get a life people.

123. AJ - February 1, 2012

Connecticut is a huge state for DUI, especially when Happy Hour in NYC ends, and the suburbanites all head home. Good thing no one was hurt.

124. David S - February 1, 2012

Agree with Jerry Silber, #6. Don’t think this is the forum for public records.

125. NoSeth - February 1, 2012

Wow. Just wow. I can’t believe someone actually made a statement “I have driven under alcohol and weed before, yes it is stupid but I don’t think I know anybody who HASN’T done it.”

How many innocent people have died because morons have driven drunk or on weed? It’s a stupid thing to do, and it’s a lot worse to NOT react with this kind of venom. Hopefully they will punish him to the fullest extent of the law.

126. ToMaHaKeR - February 1, 2012

The Prophets will be fuirious! :D

127. Captain of the USS Monte Carlo - February 1, 2012

Give the guy a break, he is only human. Should he have been drinking and driving? no. But he isn’t the only person that has ever done it. He should have to do a public service announcement, etc. Maybe in a DS9-esque commercial, that’d be interesting. Does it change my opinion of him? Not really, it shows he is fallible just like the rest of us!

As Billy Joel said ‘You’re Only human’…..

128. Orb of the Emissary - February 1, 2012

I am glad Mr. Brooks and no one else got hurt. Like some people have posted, I wish him the best in this situation and hope he gives himself time to reflect on this incident.

@Anthony: if you hear of any update to this story, please keep us posted!! Thank you!!

129. Orb of the Emissary - February 1, 2012

OMG, I went to Memory Alpha after reading this story, and the Picture of the Day is of Sisko consulting the Orb of Prophecy and Change with the caption: Benjamin Sisko consults the Orb of Prophecy and Change to make sense of visions he experienced. (DS9: “Rapture”).


130. Red Dead Ryan - February 1, 2012

Well, Avery Brooks is a celebrity. He gave up the right to privacy when he chose to be in Hollywood movies and shows. Therefore, anything bad he does could, should, and would be scrutinized and condemned.

And yeah, I think jail time would be appropriate here. Even if it’s only a month. Too many people get away with DUIs these days.

I’m looking at you, Lindsay Lohan.

131. Silvereyes - February 1, 2012

#122 jas_montreal

That’s Jersey Shore thinking right there… Are you f-ing kidding me? Too many morons drink and drive because they don’t give a sh*t about anyting but themselves and don’t care they’re endangering the lives of others.

People like you should wake the F up and smell the coffee.

132. Keith H - February 1, 2012

It was his double from the Mirror Universe! The real Sisko would never get a DUI!

133. Captain McColl - February 1, 2012

@125: Never said I was proud of it or think it is a good thing, I am just saying it is something that happens, to believe otherwise would be foolish. Not one person here can honestly tell me that they don’t know anybody who hasn’t drove under the influence.
I remind people that you don’t have to be pi$s drunk or highly stoned to get charged with DUI, a single beer or glass of wine can return positive on the breathalizer. I don’t think Avery Brooks has a drinking problem, as Captain Kirk would have said: ”I think he did a little too much LDS in the 60’s…”, he seems to be slightly spaced out but that is all.

134. Daoud - February 1, 2012

I’m sure Mr. Brooks will reflect on this and be glad someone noticed his driving wasn’t as good as it should be… that an officer truly rescued him, before something worse like his death, or the death of an innocent bystander occurred.
Prayers for Mr. Brooks…. being alone and getting a DUI is never a good sign. Would hope he’d always be surrounded by friends and family and people who care about him. As corny as it sounds, it’s real: friends don’t let friends drive drunk….

135. Phil - February 1, 2012

@16. Somehow, I doubt this.

@5. Mel Gibson might disagree…..

136. NX01 - February 1, 2012

Avery Brooks is still my Hero. I am a recovering alcoholic , so I hope my Hero gets any help he needs. I met him at philly wizzard world , and he is a very kind and gracious man. Avery made a mistake and I am glad they got him off the road before he hurt himself or anyone else.

A couple of the comments mentioned he was pulled over because of his race. I am a Blackman and an Alcoholic. If I ever relaspse and drive drunk I hope that someone pulls me off the road before I hurt my self or anyone else.

137. Danpaine - February 1, 2012

125. NoSeth – February 1, 2012

You can climb down off your pedestal anytime now and join the rest of us, Pal. People are fallable…even Avery Brooks, and even you.

138. GraniteTrek - February 1, 2012

He made a mistake, and he got caught. We’ve all made mistakes and gotten caught. I hope it becomes a learning experience for him.

Personally, my thoughts on him from the Captains special was that he’s a true jazzhead, I actually got where he was coming from even though I’m not one. I’ve met plenty of musicians and artists – and actors – like him, just on a bit of a different wavelength than a lot of us are. And I’ve also seen him talk to folks in a much more standard way as well. He was probably giving him what Bill Shatner wanted to see.

139. denny cranium - February 1, 2012

He was arrested on suspicion of DUI- nothing has been proven yet.
As far as #5’s posts? Please- it had nothing to do with Mr Brooks skin color.
If the report is true someone reported him to police and the police officer who pulled him over was simply doing his job.

If its true hopefully it was an out of character moment for Mr. Brooks.
Fortunately nobody was injured or worse.

140. Embarrassed to be a Trek fan - February 1, 2012

#5: Calling the cops racist without any evidence means YOU are the racist in this discussion. There’s no indication whatsoever that he was pulled over because of his race. Are you seriously suggesting that all black people pulled over are innocent? If so, that’s ridiculous. And I say that as a black man.

141. Gabriel Koerner - February 1, 2012

Welp, me and Captain Sisko have something new in common. Been there, done that. :)

142. xeos - February 1, 2012

people who chose to drive drunk deserve no pity from the public. it’s a dumb move, nerd idol or not.

143. Allenburch - February 1, 2012

Everyone must learn through patience…but it is mandatory that each person graduate to exemplary morality before potentially harming another.

144. Bruce Banner - February 1, 2012

I think its all some trick by the Pa Rath’s, like when they made him think he was Benny in the 1950s.

145. NoSeth - February 1, 2012

137–“people are fallible?” No argument. But there’s a difference between fallable and outright dangerous. “People are fallible” is no excuse. People make mistakes and mistakes have consequences. DUI is a terrible crime, and not one to be blown off because you like him on a tv show. He is fallible, and he needs to pay for this mistake. THANKFULLY, he didn’t hurt anyone, but that’s luck. Maybe that bit of luck should prevent jail time, but it shouldn’t prevent his license from being suspended. He may not be so lucky next time.

146. Desstruxion - February 1, 2012

a drunk Sisko in a parallel universe somwhere…..”thiz izzz Cap’n Thiko on tha sarthip Defi*hic*nent…..put yer lazer blockin thingyz down *hic* git red to be boarded *hic*”

147. Lt. Bailey - February 1, 2012

The law is the law when it comes to drinking and then driving under the influence, be it alcohol, drugs or cough syrup or your prescription pain killer for a backache. Impared driving can cause accidents and possibly death. As we all know, death does not care what color you are. The police are only doing their job, they are not the DA or the jury or the judge.

I am smart enough to hand the car keys to my wife if I feel I had too much and God bless her, she will take the keys away from me if she feels I am 502 material. Its never worth taking a chance.

148. CmdrR - February 1, 2012

Hopefully, this is a onetime mistake.

149. Romulus - February 1, 2012

No one was hurt, thankfully and now Avery can start to recover without a death or injury on his conscience, if he chooses.
I cannot recommend counseling enough for substance abuse, I know, I’ve been there in the pit and it literally changed my life, it can do the same for him.
I hope he makes the right choice.

Live Long and Prosper Avery Brooks

150. Michael Hall - February 1, 2012

@ #100–

Well, since you insist on bringing politics into this, here’s my take as a political progressive:

As a fan of Mr. Brooks’s work on DS9–but not of drunk driving–I expect him to own up to his mistake and take his medicine with a minimum of whining, let alone blame everyone but himself for putting others in danger by engaging in such egregious conduct. Unlike, say, Rush Limbaugh.

Fair enough?

151. Keachick - rose pinenut - February 1, 2012

#120 – “I am sure that 90% of people who do it haven’t been caught and I would bet everything I have that Shatner, Stewart, Mulgrew and Pine have done it at least once.”

Maybe, maybe not, but that is not an excuse.

In the case of Chris Pine, a couple of years back the papz were often “on his case” and what was shown in one incident was Chris Pine actually leaving his own car and being picked up a friend and sitting in the BACK seat of the friend’s car. He was nowhere near the wheel of any car. Another occasion where it was reported that he appeared a little tipsy/drunk maybe, he was seen as a front seat PASSENGER with another person driving. What is demonstrated here is a person who is aware of their limitations and choosing to act responsibly.

The article of this thread noted that a road user noticed someone driving erratically and so called the cops. The person driving erratically turned out to be Avery Brooks. Someone was being a good citizen, for Avery’s sake and for everyone else there.

152. Irving Schlitz - February 1, 2012

#5 – Maybe you were drunk when you wrote that ……..that old crap doesn’t hold up anymore.

153. Jonboc - February 1, 2012

If you drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol you are a fool and deserve to go to jail…I don’t care who you are. You know, if you want to kill yourself, behind closed doors, that’s your business, it really is. However, when your foolish behavior endangers myself…my family…my friends…when your fun “romp” turns you into the potential personal executioner of those I love…my tolerance ends. Get smart Avery, before you kill someone and dig a wormhole you can’t get out of.

154. Trekboi - February 1, 2012

#30 Riker’s Beard;
I have not drank alcohol since the week I turned 18 1a decade ago & I have never driven after drinking so I am free to throw as many stones as I want!

I can’t believe anyone is defending him or playing the race card.

Not because he’s black or a tv star- Nothing makes it ok.

155. Rivas Jakarta - February 1, 2012

He’s making an appeal to the Federation Council.

156. Sebastian S. - February 1, 2012

As a victim of a drunk driver? I just lost a LOT of respect for him.
A drunk driver has left me partially disabled to this day, so I’m afraid I can’t be objective here.

And frankly, after seeing his erratic (more like INSANE) behavior on Shatner’s “The Captains” documentary, I can’t say this is entirely surprising. He was really out of his mind.

Shame too, as DS9 is still my favorite post-TOS Star Trek series….

157. Trekboi - February 1, 2012

#120. Captain McColl
I hope the families of the people killed by people with your attitude towards DUI’s are as forgiving.

158. Sebastian S. - February 1, 2012

#154, #157–

Totally agree.
My quality of life has been greatly reduced every since I was hit by a drunk driver 18 years ago. I find it hard to believe that a man such as Mr. Brooks’ couldn’t get a ride or call a cab.

And to address #120.

“Why are people so pi$sed off at this?”

Because some of us have had the misfortune to be at the wrong end of a drunk driver’s vehicle, that’s why… it’s not funny, or something that should be taken lightly. IMO? It’s no different than if he’d walked into a crowded shopping mall randomly firing a gun….

159. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - February 1, 2012

How sad… it shows that brooks has a problem. First he was stoned in the captains documentary now he is drunk. He needs to get help or fix his problem somehow. The warning signs are there.

160. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - February 1, 2012

Anthony will you follow up on this? I would like to know what becomes of this.

161. Red Dead Ryan - February 1, 2012

I think Avery Brooks might also be mentally ill. If that’s so, I think he needs to be locked up. Crazy people who drink under the influence are too dangerous to be allowed to exist in open and free society.

It’s too bad, because I really liked him as Captain Sisko.

162. FortMax - February 1, 2012

On arrest, Mr. Brooks was reported to break down sobbing “Don’t you understand? It’s real!”

163. Spock/Uhura Fan - February 1, 2012

@#158 Sebastian

I can understand your anger, and hopefully the person who did that to you was brought to justice. And I say I can understand because I was hit by a man on his cellphone some years back, and it took almost a year of physical therapy to get back to normal. Well, almost normal because you are never quite the same afterward. My guy was never caught, he drove off after he hit me and the police never caught him. That’s also why I hope whoever hit you had to pay for it because you obviously did.

But, I’m still not going to judge a situation that has not fully played itself out. That is a matter between the courts and Mr. Avery. For me, name-calling and rants are not going to do anything, and that is why I simply wish him the very best, which would include a chauffer.

Thanks for sharing your experience.

164. Spock/Uhura Fan - February 1, 2012

Okay, I meant Mr. Brooks. I’m tired… :-/

165. rick - February 1, 2012

I suspected he had a serious drug or alcohol problem when I saw his interview with William Shatner. It made me want to cry… bill would ask him a question about star trek and avery would respond with crazy talk, then immediately start singing jazz music (poorly).

166. Sebastian S. - February 2, 2012

Spock/Uhura fan–

I sympathize; IMO, cell phone use while driving is just as bad and just as dangerous (mine is OFF when I drive. Period).

And in response to your query? The person that hit me (and left me permanently changed) was caught (at the scene; trying to flee). She was fined, arrested (for one night) and had her license revoked. That was all. I am still going to the gym every week to try to regain normal mobility; it hasn’t helped really. I have to accept that I’ve lost mobility I’ll never regain and that SUCKS.

And #165 rick?

I agree. I’ve seen interviews with Charles Manson that were more lucid…

167. Horatio - February 2, 2012

Methinks Avery Brooks left his Katra in the wormhole. In other words, somebody else is obviously carrying all his marbles….

Which leads me to declare:


168. Keachick - rose pinenut (F) - February 2, 2012

In NZ, it was made illegal to be on a cellphone while driving, but I still see people doing it. Ugh. The other thing that bugs me is seeing people putting on their seat belts while they are trying to drive… just so stupid, dangerous and irresponsible.

169. Prime Directive - February 2, 2012

“Its reeeeeeeal!!!”…that’s right real stupid to drink drive

170. Spock/Uhura Fan - February 2, 2012

@#166 Sebastian

I think it’s just as bad too, but a lot of people don’t. They think they can manage it. :-/ There are all kinds id things I’ve seen people doing that are as bad like reading, putting on make up, turning around while driving to deal with kids in the back seat (this one really scares me), etc. I guess it’s good to say your prayers before you drive. That and keep an eye out…

And just one day? :-/ Well, at least her license was revoked…

171. Spock/Uhura Fan - February 2, 2012

I don’t understand all of the references to the show and that particular episode. It has nothing to do with this.

But, whatever. :-/

172. David Jones - February 2, 2012

Avery wasn’t stoned during the Captians documentary.

Sisko was a character he played on tv. Tv is make believe.

How the person is in real life is usually different.

As you can clearly see from the interviews in the film.

Shatner is complelty full of himself, in a good fun way.

Stewart seemed shell shocked and fragile.
Mulgrew, likes to party and that shows.

Pine, whatever.

And Brooks is a soulfull guy that doesn’t allow stress to change his care free demenoir.

Btw, watch the documentary with beer and some indica. Its even better.

173. Captain McColl - February 2, 2012

@158: You and many other people have fallen victim to drunk drivers and I am sorry, but I seriously doubt what Avery was on is alcohol and what I am attacking more than anything is that they say that he needs help for going out on a bender once. Everybody here has done it I am sure, maybe just that the majority of those who have choose not to comment for fear of backlash which sincerely doesn’t bother me personally one bit. Nothing indicates Avery has a bad habit, he has been a University proffesor for years and held down fantastic acting projects, theatre and music also. He is not a Jimi Hendrix or Lindsey Lohan who before the age of 30 are pretty much gone.
I will start to be worried/attack Avery when or if these news articles about his behaviour get more frequent.

174. Plum - February 2, 2012

“someone complained he was driving erratically” …

lol! I’ve seen this guy interviewed. If he drives like he talks… rotfl!!!

Hey look. Don’t jump to conclusions kids.

175. Bugs Nixon - February 2, 2012

Did anyone else picture him being pulled over in a runabout halfway through the wormhole?

Just me then.

176. Sebastian S. - February 2, 2012

#173 CMcC

I sincerely hope it never happens to you (either losing someone to a drunk driver or being hit by one yourself), but it doesn’t matter if it’s a one-time ‘bender’ as you call it (makes it sound so much more socially acceptable that way; nice euphemism), or a pattern of behavior, what he did was brandish a lethal weapon under the influence of alcohol (if you doubt the lethality of an automobile? Look at the statistics). That he didn’t harm or kill himself or anyone else was only a matter of luck, and it in NO WAY diminishes the seriousness of his offense.

Yes, I hope he gets help too. Before he goes on another ‘bender’ and kills or hurts someone. It’s always OK until it hits close to home, isn’t it?

177. Michael - February 2, 2012

I think he has issues, after I watched him in The Captains it made me think he’s batsh*t crazy

178. draderman - February 2, 2012

Hes been charged and is due in court Feb 9th

179. Demode - February 2, 2012

I have nothing but love in my heart for the man. I hope he is OK.

180. Mark Lynch - February 3, 2012

I can’t believe this has gone to almost 200 comments.

He was either drunk/stoned and got caught driving. He should not have done it and as such he should be punished to the full extent of the law.

Perhaps he will learn from this and not do it again. Next time he could kill someone, himself or both.

Anyone who drinks/takes drugs and then proceeds to get behind the wheel of a car are idiots.

Yep, I’ve done it once. Almost got caught too. Frightened the life out of me. Never did it again.

Yes, that does make me a recovering idiot.

181. Reign1701A - February 3, 2012

180. So because you didn’t get caught you should go unpunished? If you feel so strongly about the topic you should have turned yourself in.

182. Mark Lynch - February 3, 2012

I’m an idiot not stupid… and you will make a large splatting sound if you ever fall of that high horse of yours.

If you don’t get caught you should not be punished. Otherwise there’s no point in getting caught is there?

If you get caught you should be appropriately punished. If you don’t get caught, learn from the experience and don’t do it again.

Which is what I did.

183. Dr. Image - February 3, 2012

But he’s still cool, man…. cool. (And OUT there.)

184. Trek Lady - February 3, 2012

120 “…but I don’t think I know anybody who HASN’T done it. ”

Now you do.

185. Bob Tompkins - February 4, 2012

Avery Brooks, who played Captain Benjamin Sisko on the 1990s series “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” was recently arrested and charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The incident occurred in Wilton, Connecticut just after 10 p.m. on January 29. Police said they received a complaint about the 63-year-old actor’s driving and pulled him over. Brooks was then taken into custody. His case was process and he was issued an order to appear in court for an arraignment on February 9 and then released, according to a report obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com.
Brooks has not commented. The actor, who does not have prior convictions, faces a maximum penalty of six months in jail, a 1-year-long suspension of his driver’s license and a $1,000 fine.

Brooks, a native of Indiana, lives in New Jersey. His wife, Vicki, works in the state as an assistant dean at Rutgers University. She and Brooks have three children.

186. Rocket Scientist - February 4, 2012

It’s unfortunate that he made such a bad call. But just because he’s a little ‘out there’ doesn’t mean he’s got a chronic problem. I have a musician friend who speaks rather cryptically, but she is totally clean & sober.

I hope he learns from this. This ain’t cool.

187. bob - February 4, 2012

Brooks is nuts. His interview with Shatner was bizzare to say the least.

188. Phil - February 4, 2012

@181. Not sure what part of the world you are from, but here there is due process. The de jure position of any citizen is innocence, with the burden of proof falling solely on government to prove guilt. No one is required to turn themselves in, any more then any officer can dispense punishment on the spot.

189. DS9 IN PRIME TIME - February 5, 2012

I truly hope he gets help.

190. Christopher Roberts - February 5, 2012

Oh look. Just another human being, who made a mistake, and undoubtably regretted a few hours later. I’ve had heroes with worse flaws.

And how Avery was in Shatner’s documentary seemed like how he naturally is. Which just shows how underrated his acting is. I admitted I was taken aback on first viewing, but on second and third go round, grown used to the fact Avery isn’t Sisko.

191. Mark Lynch - February 6, 2012

I just couldn’t grasp what AB was going on about in the documentary!!!
He just seemed so, out there…

192. David - February 8, 2012

It’s Reeeeeeeaaaal!

193. Gul Dukat - February 9, 2012

I think the cops did a great job pulling over this drunk driver. He could have killed people!

194. charles charles - February 15, 2012

His acting was terrible. Actually i think all the actors on DS9 were except a few like Warf (obviously…) and Odo. Michael Dorn and whoever played Odo really kept the show intact as far as acting went. I think the writing and “town” dynamic really saved the actors and actresses like Terry Farell and Avery. Let face it when it came to casting they kind of failed. But, the Star Trek legacy was at least carried out successfully in the sense of writing.

195. Seriously... - March 17, 2012


The article never stated what the race, nationality, or color of skin the arresting officers were. So, your statement has to beg some questions here about yourself. One has to be racist in order to make racisim out of something in which race was never part of the issue. The only one, between you and the article, that mentioned about race was you.

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