Mel Gibson crashes Maserati in Malibu

In this Feb. 1, 2010 file photo, actor Mel Gibson poses during a photo call to promote the new movie "Edge of Darkness" in Madrid. (AP Photo/Arturo Rodriguez, file)

August 16, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Actor Mel Gibson escaped injury after crashing his Maserati sports car into a Southern California hillside.

The California Highway Patrol says the 54-year-old actor was not under the influence when he lost control of his car Sunday night. They say he struck the hill on a particularly curvy stretch of the canyon road.

During a 2006 arrest for a suspected DUI, Gibson launched a verbal tirade against the officer that included anti-semitic remarks.

Sunday's crash comes as the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is nearing the completion of a domestic violence investigation.

That case stems from a bitter child custody dispute with Gibson and his former girlfriend.