'John' star Nichols faces DUI charge


JACKSON, Mich. -- Austin Nichols, the title character in HBO's "John From Cincinnati," was arrested early Friday on suspicion of drunken driving.

The actor was stopped by police about 2:40 a.m. after being spotted driving a silver Mercury Mountaineer the wrong way down a one-way street in the city, Jackson police Lt. John Holda said.

An officer smelled alcohol and, after conducting sobriety tests, took Nichols into custody. A breath test later indicated he had a blood-alcohol content of 0.10%, Holda said.

The legal limit for drivers in Michigan is 0.08%.

Nichols, who also appeared in "Deadwood," was held at the Jackson County Jail and released about 8:40 a.m., said Jackson County sheriff's Lt. Carl Carmoney. He wasn't arraigned and was expected to appear in court at a later date.

Nichols could face up to 93 days in jail, a $500 fine and community service.

A call seeing comment Friday from Nichols' publicist was not returned.

The Jackson Citizen Patriot, which reported the arrest Friday, said Nichols has been living at nearby Clark Lake this summer. Jackson is located about 65 miles west of Detroit.

HBO said this month that "John," a surfer drama co-created by "Deadwood" executive producer David Milch, will not return for a second season.