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Drunk-Driving, Gun-Toting Son of Ryan O'Neal Arrested On Domestic Violence Charges

Griffin O'Neal in 2007 (AP Photo/Nick Ut, file)
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Griffin O'Neal, the son of actor Ryan O'Neal, rang in the new year from a San Diego Central Jail after being arrested on domestic violence charges.Cops came to O'Neal's home in Ramona on 6:23 pm on New Year's Eve, after they received a 9-1-1 call that someone had been drinking too heavily at his home, according to the Los Angeles Times Times. When police arrived, they arrested O'Neal for behaving aggressively toward his wife, although police aren't describing exactly what happened that night.

What is clear is that O'Neal is facing a heap of legal trouble. O'Neal was already due to be sentenced next week after he crashed head-on into another car last August while driving under the influence of cocaine, marijuana, Xanax and amphetamines. He plead guilty to driving under the influence and carrying a firearm, which was a violation of his probation from a DUI conviction back in 2007, according to the North County Times.

Just 24 hours before Griffin's crash in August, his younger half-brother Redmond O'Neal— the son of Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett—was arrested after he was pulled over for running a red light and officers found heroin in his car.