Mel Gibson crashes Maserati into Malibu hillside

Updated: Aug 17, 2010, 09:23 AM IST

Los Angeles: Actor-director Mel Gibson lost control at the wheel and crashed his Maserati into a rocky hillside in Malibu, but walked away unharmed, the California Highway Patrol said Monday.

The accident late Sunday west of Los Angeles involved no other vehicle and the Oscar-winning actor was neither drunk nor under the influence of drugs at the wheel (DUI), the police said in a statement.

"For unknown reasons, Mr Gibson steered his car to the right and struck the rock hillside," the CHP said, adding that after making a statement to police officers at the scene, he "received a ride home from a friend."

"His vehicle was towed from the scene, DUI is not suspected in the accident," it added.

The road accident follows a troubled few weeks for the Australia-educated actor, who is under investigation for domestic violence after his former partner Oksana Grigorieva released recordings of abusive telephone calls he allegedly made.

Gibson`s driving habits made the headlines in 2006 when he was arrested at the wheel with 1.5 times the legal blood-alcohol limit. He was sentenced to three years probation and fined 1,300 dollars, after undergoing alcohol rehabilitation.

His arrest at the time exploded into a major scandal when he made anti-Semitic remarks to the highway patrol.

Bureau Report