Alaskan Bush People's Matt Brown reportedly seeking help after DUI arrest

Jun 7, 2016 at 11:45 p.m. ET
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It’s been a rough year for Alaskan Bush People’s Matt Brown. After a previous DUI arrest and many long nights of partying, he has finally decided to check himself into rehab to find help for his drinking-related problems. It’s unknown how long he intends to stay in rehab, but if you believe the recent reports of his behavior, this is definitely the best move for the reality star.

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According to reports, many of the locals in Brown’s hometown, Hoonah, Alaska, say that he has been acting erratically all around town in the last few months. Radar Online reported that the strange, drunken behavior reached such an alarming level that Brown and his family could no longer ignore the problem. Within the last week, Brown decided to seek professional help in Alaska, where he could still stay close to his family, insiders have said.

Unfortunately, Brown has struggled for quite a while with binge drinking. Back in August 2013, he was arrested for driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. Police reports said that a witness saw him hit a parked motorcycle with his car and drive away. After the police tracked him down, they administered the field sobriety test, which Brown failed, and arrested him.

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Following his arrest, Brown was sentenced to three days in jail and 18 months of probation. It looks like he was able to stay out of trouble during his probation, which makes the news of his stay in rehab that much more heartbreaking. It seems like he has fallen off the good path the DUI had put him on.

The fact that Brown was able to keep himself out of trouble during his probation might also be a good sign that this stay in rehab will stick. If he takes it seriously and does the work he needs to do to sober up and make safer decisions, then hopefully this dark time will be a thing of his past.

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There is no word yet from the Discovery Channel on how this may affect filming of Alaskan Bush People, but Brown’s happiness and safety are definitely a bigger priority. We wish him the best.