Actor Michael Madsen was arrested in Malibu on suspicion of driving drunk, authorities said Monday.

Madsen, 61, was booked on a misdemeanor about 1 a.m., with bail set at $15,000, and he was released about 4 a.m., the sheriff’s department reported.

According to, Madsen was arrested about 8 p.m. Sunday after crashing his Land Rover in Malibu.

“We’re told Madsen smelled of alcohol, so he was given a field sobriety test and, according to law enforcement, it didn’t go well — his BAC was .10 (percent),” TMZ reported.

The veteran actor’s credits include Quentin Tarantino movies “Kill Bill,” “Hateful Eight” and “Reservoir Dogs.”

In 2012, Madsen was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Malibu, TMZ reported.

In this instance, he claims his crash into a pole and subsequent DUI arrest can be attributed to his taking his prescription medication at a different time of day then he’s used to, Blast reported Monday morning.

Madsen’s attorney, Perry Wander, tells The Blast, “We are waiting for the blood report but we suspect that his accident was caused by side effects to medication that he was taking under a doctor’s care.”

He added: “It works better when taken at night before bed and he took it earlier. Modifying the timing of drugs to achieve the greatest benefit with the lowest risk of unpleasant side effects is called drug chronotherapy.”

Wander said Madsen plans to “provide that defense in court if charges are filed.”

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