Tiger King star Jeff Lowe and his spouse Lauren have been arrested in Oklahoma Metropolis for driving below the affect, a consultant for the police division confirms to PEOPLE.
Jeff, 56, and Lowe, 30, had been booked round 4 a.m. on Saturday, each for DUIs. Jeff was moreover charged with altering lanes improperly.
Based on a duplicate of the incident report obtained by PEOPLE, officers noticed a white Vary Rover pulling out of a parking zone, driving over a curb, after which stopping abruptly. At this level, police say Lauren acquired out of the motive force’s seat and switched locations with Jeff, who then took over driving.
When police pursued the automobile, they declare Jeff made an unlawful lane change earlier than pulling over. Based on the report, each Jeff and Lauren had been exhibiting slurred speech and “a robust odor generally related to the consumption of an alcoholic beverage” on their breaths.
The arresting officer carried out a subject sobriety take a look at on Jeff however terminated it shortly after attributable to his “unsteadiness on his ft and his lack of ability to comply with the instructions.” As soon as taken to the police headquarters, a breathalyzer take a look at discovered that his blood alcohol stage was 0.18, greater than double the authorized restrict.
The report additional notes that Lauren “had a thick slurred speech” and “was unsteady on her ft” as effectively.
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Per on-line jail data, Lauren and Jeff seem to nonetheless be in custody in an Oklahoma detention middle. A lawyer for Lowe didn’t instantly reply to PEOPLE’s request for remark.
The DUI arrests come about two weeks after the couple was accused of violating the Endangered Species Act (ESA) after an investigation discovered cases of animal mistreatment at their Tiger King Park in Thackerville, Oklahoma, the U.S. Department of Justice stated in a press launch final month.
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Based on prosecutors, “68 protected lions, tigers, lion-tiger hybrids, and a jaguar” had been seized within the raid.
Officers have carried out three inspections on the zoo since December 2020, throughout which the Lowes “obtained citations for failing to offer the animals with enough or well timed veterinary care, acceptable vitamin, and shelter that protects them from inclement climate and is of adequate dimension to permit them to have interaction in regular conduct,” the Justice Division stated.
The pair additionally did not adjust to a court docket order mandating they make use of a veterinarian and supply enough care that meets the necessities of the Animal Welfare Act, based on prosecutors.
In an announcement to PEOPLE on the time, Walter Mosley, Jeff’s lawyer, stated, “Jeff tells me to share with you to ‘Watch Tiger King 2 for the true story, not the story made up by a corrupt DOJ.'” It’s unclear if there are any official plans for an additional season of Tiger King right now.
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In June, Jeff was ordered by a choose to hand over ownership of The G.W. Unique Animal Memorial Park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma — the zoo featured in Tiger King — to Carole Baskin, who was additionally featured within the Netflix docu-series.
Almost two months later, Jeff introduced in a since-deleted Fb publish that The G.W. Unique Animal Memorial Park was closed “effective immediately” and that the animals there can be re-homed to the park in Thackerville.
On the time, Jeff stated that the Thackerville park will “be a personal movie set for Tiger King-associated tv content material for cable and streaming providers.”