A man has been charged with crashing into Jennifer Lopez‘s car while drunk. Robert John Reitz, 53, faces up to six months in prison and a $1,000 fine if convicted of misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and driving at nearly twice the legal blood-alcohol limit following an incident in September, Los Angeles County prosecutors announced yesterday (12.29.14).
The Parker star, her twins Max and Emme, six, and friend Leah Remini were travelling down the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, when they were rear-ended by Reitz, who allegedly smashed into the back of their vehicle and quickly fled the scene.
The pair – who were thought to have been taking the American Idol judge’s new Rolls Royce for a spin – were left shaken by the incident and quickly called police to share details of the hit and run. The authorities soon caught up with the pick-up truck driver a short distance from the crash and arrested him on suspicion of DUI and hit and run.
The 45-year-old singer took to Instagram yesterday to vent her frustration following the smash. Along with a photo of her and Leah sitting in the new vehicle, she wrote: ”Sitting at a light, Riding high right before some drunk fool rear ended us in my new whip!!! Thank god everyone ok!!! #GRATEFUL #THANKYOUGOD. #DontdrinkandDrive!!!! #cursedthatfoolout #theBronxcameout #dontmesswithmycocnuts #mamabear #leahstayedcalm #thatwasweird