The actress is fine after car crash in Massachusetts

By Paysha Rhone and Nicole Weisensee Egan
Updated April 19, 2008 01:40 PM

Actress Sandra Bullock and her husband, Jesse James, were hit by a drunk driver last night while riding in a private car in Gloucester, Mass., PEOPLE has learned.

Bullock, who is filming The Proposal on Cape Ann, and James, of Monster Garage fame, were being driven home for the evening around 9:50 p.m. Friday when a gray Subaru station wagon jumped lanes on East Main Street and smashed into their front end, police said. No one was injured.

“They were shaken up, needless to say,” said Gloucester Police Lt. Gerry Cook. “But they were fine – he was hugging her. Jess and Sandra were hugging. They said they were fine, they didn t need medical attention. There were quite a few people snapping pictures of them.” The two walked away from the accident and were not even examined, he said.

The driver of the Subaru, identified as Lucille P. Gatchell, 64, from Gloucester by local cops, was given a field sobriety test by officers responding to the scene. Gatchell blew a .20 on the breathalyzer – two and a half times the legal limit, Cook said.

She was arrested, taken to the station, and booked on driving under the influence of alcohol and failure to stay in marked lanes. She was released on her own recognizance and will be arraigned on the charges Tuesday.

Cook said Gatchell didn’t know who she hit, until the arresting officer told her, as he drove her to the station. “And then she started laughing, she was really giddy,” he said.

Reached by phone Saturday morning, Gatchell declined to comment, politely saying “no” to a Boston Herald reporter, whose paper originally reported the crash story.

“It’s unfortunate,” Cook told the Herald. “But it shows you that no one is immune from drunk drivers, no matter how famous you are.”

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