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Meghan Markle's half-brother arrested for driving under the influence

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 12/01/2019 Peter Sblendorio

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The half-brother of Meghan Markle was busted for driving under the influence in Oregon early Friday, police confirmed.

Thomas Markle Jr., who shares a father with the Duchess of Sussex, was stopped for speeding while driving in Josephine shortly after 1:30 a.m., and the officer determined he was “visibly intoxicated,” according to an Oregon State Police report obtained by the Daily News.

Thomas underwent a field sobriety test after being pulled over, and he registered a blood alcohol concentration of .11%. The legal limit for operating a vehicle in Oregon is .08%.

He was taken to a detox center in Grants Pass after being hit with a DUI citation, and his car was towed.

The 52-year-old will have to appear in court at a later date.

a man looking at the camera © Donaldson Collection/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images The DUI bust comes roughly two years after Thomas was arrested for domestic violence following a dispute with his now-fiancée Darlene Blount, during which he allegedly held a gun up to her head, according to reports at the time.

He and Blount got engaged earlier this week.

His father Thomas Sr. spoke told TMZ following the arrest, "My son has a serious problem and he needs help, and I hope he gets it.”

Thomas and his famous half-sister are estranged.

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