Willie Hantz arrested for intoxication while operating a vehicle

Big Brother 14 cast member Willie Hantz was arrested early this morning for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, i.e. drunk driving, in Lafayette Parish, La.

TMZ has his mugshot and reports that he “was arrested in Lafayette Parish, Louisiana at 2:07 AM for OWI — operating a vehicle while intoxicated.” The site says he “is still in custody.”

Willie was removed from the show Friday because of his violent behavior, which Sunday’s episode addressed.

Update and correction: Willie took to Twitter to defend himself, and to note that OWI means that he wasn’t actually driving at the time of his arrest. (I’ve modified the headline to reflect that.) He wrote, “For the record I was arrested for OWI. I wasn’t driving. I was sitting in the drivers seat with the car running. I know stupid.” He also added, “I didn’t run from anyone. I was just moving my car like the cops asked me to. Then they came up and arrested me.”

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