Arrest clouds '24' future


Kiefer Sutherland's arrest Tuesday morning is not expected to affect production on his Fox drama series "24" for now, but the show faces an uncertain future as the actor's arrest violates a five-year probation, something that could send him to jail for up to a year.

The show's Emmy-winning star and executive producer was arrested early Tuesday on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after attending a Fox party kicking off the network's fall season. Sources said Sutherland drove straight from the set of "24" to the party, which took place at hot spot Area, and was offered a company limo service but declined.

Sutherland was stopped by police just after 1 a.m. after making an illegal U-turn in West Hollywood just a few blocks from Area, authorities said. After failing a field sobriety test, he spent three hours in jail before posting $25,000 bail and being released a little before 6 a.m.

Sutherland's overnight jail stay didn't interfere with his duties on "24." The actor was not scheduled to work Tuesday. He is set to return to work today.

Sutherland is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 16, police said. As of Tuesday afternoon, no charges had been filed.

A rep for Sutherland said that "it would be premature to comment at this time."

A misdemeanor DUI count would carry a maximum sentence of a year in jail, though Sutherland also could face a charge of violating probation from a similar 2004 conviction. It is not clear how jail time would affect production of "24," which is in the first year of a two-season pickup.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.