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LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone was released from jail Saturday after his arrest on alcohol and drug charges the night before in Beverly Hills, police said.

Police at a checkpoint, set up for the Memorial Day weekend, pulled over Stone when he showed signs of intoxication, said Beverly Hills Police Sgt. John Edmundson.

When police searched Stone's Mercedes, they said they found an illegal drug.

They declined to identify it.

Stone, 58, was arrested about 11:45 p.m. Friday on a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated and on a drug possession charge, Edmundson said.

The director posted a $15,000 bond and was released around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

Stone said nothing to reporters who were waiting outside the police department.

In 1999 the filmmaker was arrested on alcohol and drug charges and, as part of a plea bargain, agreed to enter a rehabilitation program.

A Vietnam veteran, Stone received Best Directing Oscars for "Platoon" (1986), which also won an Oscar for Best Picture, and for "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989), according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Web site.

He also won an Academy Award for his screenplay adaptation of "Midnight Express" (1978).


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