Bill Murray jaunt could bring charges

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — Bill Murray could face a drunken driving charge after cruising through downtown Stockholm in a golf cart and refusing to take a breath test, citing U.S. law.

Police officers spotted Murray, 56, early Monday in the slow-moving vehicle and noticed he smelled of alcohol when they pulled him over, said Detective-Inspector Christer Holmlund of the Stockholm police.

“He refused to blow in the (breath test) instrument, citing American legislation,” Holmlund said Wednesday. “So we applied the old method — a blood test. It will take 14 days before the results are in.”

Murray, who had been at a golf tournament in Sweden, signed a document admitting that he was driving under the influence, and agreed to let a police officer plead guilty for him if the case goes to court, Holmlund said.

“Then he was let go. My guess is he went back to America,” Holmlund said.

He said Murray would be charged only if tests show his blood alcohol level exceeded the legal limit, which is quite low in Sweden.

The golf cart had been on display for a week outside the downtown hotel where Murray and other VIPs attending the Scandinavian Masters golf tournament were staying, tournament head Fredrik Nilsmark said.

Murray apparently drove the golf cart to the trendy Cafe Opera nightclub, less than a mile away, and was pulled over on his way back to the hotel.

Nilsmark said the vehicle wasn’t intended for guests but added: “I don’t hold any grudge against Bill Murray for borrowing our cart for a while.”

It isn’t illegal to drive a golf cart in city traffic in Sweden, but Holmlund said it is very unusual.

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NEW YORK — Stephen Colbert will auction the cast that helped mend his broken left wrist to benefit the Yellow Ribbon Fund.

The cast will be auctioned on eBay after tonight’s “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central said Wednesday. It has been signed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, CBS “Evening News” anchor Katie Couric, NBC “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams, Fox News “The O’Reilly Factor” host Bill O’Reilly, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., NBC “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert and White House Press Secretary Tony Snow.

Bids will be accepted until Sept. 3, with the winner to be announced the week of Sept. 10 on Colbert’s show. Proceeds will go to the Yellow Ribbon Fund, a charity that assists injured service members and their families.

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