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The actor accidentally veered his 2008 Maserati into a Malibu hillside Sunday evening, police say

August 16, 2010 01:40 PM

Mel Gibson is having a rough few months.

The actor’s blue 2008 Maserati was towed Sunday evening after he accidentally struck a Malibu, Calif., hillside. Alcohol wasn’t a factor in the crash, police say.

“Mel Gibson was alone and driving southbound on Malibu Canyon Road south of the tunnel,” a Calif. Highway Patrol report reads. “For unknown reasons, Mr. Gibson steered his car to the right and struck the rock hillside.”

A rep for the actor said “He’s fine.”

Gibson, who is in the midst of an ugly custody battle with ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, denied to an officer at the scene that he was talking on his cell phone or that he dozed off behind the wheel, CHP spokesman Leland Tang confirms.

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“There were no objective symptoms of intoxication, any level of impairment and we’ve ruled out speeding as well based on the damage to the car, which was moderate,” Tang added. “Mr. Gibson was alert, oriented and cooperative.”

Tang said the particular road Gibson crashed on is difficult to navigate, adding that Gibson told the attending officer, “I don’t know how the car left the roadway.” Gibson was later picked up at the scene by a friend, according to the report.

“This has been ruled an accident,” Tang said. “It could’ve happened to anyone.”

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