Renowned actor Lou Diamond Phillips graduated from Flour Bluff High School in 1980.


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Actor Lou Diamond Phillips, best known for his role in La Bamba and TV's Longmire, was arrested Friday in Portland, Texas, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated

Phillips, a Flour Bluff High School graduate, was scheduled to be the guest speaker for the "Voices of South Texas – Old Bayview Cemetery Comes Alive" kick-off on Friday at Heritage Park in Corpus Christi.

Portland police arrested him about 1:30 a.m. Friday on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. 

Police Chief Mark Cory said an officer was in the middle of a traffic stop when Phillips pulled up behind the patrol car to ask for directions to Flour Bluff.

The officer suspected he was intoxicated and called another officer to assist, Corey said.

He was given several sobriety tests, which he failed, and was then arrested and taken to the San Patricio County Jail in nearby Sinton, Cory added.

Cory said Phillips' blood alcohol concentration was 0.20%, which is more than double the legal limit in Texas. 

Phillips spent several hours in jail and was released around 11 a.m. on $2,500 bail, jail officials said.

It's unclear whether Phillips, 55, will still make the planned appearance in Corpus Christi. The event will still go on as planned said Jay Ellington, director of the Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department.

"There are no changes to our program currently," said Ellington. "We are in contact with his agents and we will be having conversations with them later."

This is a developing story. 

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