Rodger Bumpass, the actor who voices Squidward on children’s show ‘SpongeBob SquarePants,’ was arrested Friday, January 15 in Burbank, California after reportedly driving under the influence.
US Weekly has the report that Bumpass was found by police resting against his vehicle in the middle of the street at about 11 p.m. that evening. The Los Angeles Times said that when officers approached, Bumpass tried to walk away but fell down.
Once back on his feet, Bumpass admitted to police that he had been driving just before their encounter. He then failed a field sobriety test. A breath test also showed that his blood alcohol content was more than double the legal limit. (In California, that’s .08.)
Bumpass reportedly told police that he was trying to get home. It’s unclear where he had been drinking prior to the incident.
The 64-year-old actor spent the night in jail before leaving on $15,000 bail Saturday morning. He is due in court next month.
Bumpass won an Emmy award in 2012 for “Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program” for his work as Squidward. He has been a part of the ‘SpongeBob’ cast since 1999, including an appearance in 2015’s ‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water.’ Other recent credits include ‘Teen Titans Go!’ and ‘Monsters University’ but Bumpass’s career dates back decades. He also voiced The Chief on the animated series ‘Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego?’ and Mr. Besser, the school principal in the animated series, ‘The Kids from Room 402.’
Nickelodeon has not commented on the arrest. But the network can’t be happy as this is the second DUI-related incident involving someone connected to the network in as many months. In December, former ‘Drake Josh’ star Drake Bell was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Bell was pulled over in Glendale, California after driving erratically and then failed the sobriety test. Bell is still set to guest star on the Fox series ‘Grandfathered’ starring John Stamos and Bell’s former ‘Drake Josh’ co-star Josh Peck.