The Blue Pub, the bar and eatery where Pine and his Z for Zachariah castmates partied before Pine got behind the wheel, says the 33-year-old Star Trek star didn't seem too intoxicated to drive.
"We were thrilled that the Z for Zachariah cast and crew chose The Blue Pub for their wrap party after staying in Methven while shooting scenes at nearby Washpen Falls," the pub tells E! News in a statement. "The pub was closed to the public later in the evening and approximately 80 actors and crew attended the party, which finished at 3 a.m. on March 1. This was a well-controlled party, the cast and crew were friendly and it was a great night, not a wild party."
The Blue Pub manager Casey Crawford says that he spoke to Pine several times during the wrap party. Pine even posed for fan photos with bar staff and local pub-goers.
"He was a really nice guy," Crawford said. "There was no lack of volunteers to drive Chris home amongst our female staff members who were clearly impressed with him!"
The pub statement adds that they consider the safety of their patrons a huge responsibility and sober drivers were on hand the night of the party in case cast and crew who had been drinking needed them.
"But ultimately it is always the responsibility of an individual to make the decision and Chris Pine did not appear to staff to be intoxicated to a level where intervention might have been warranted," they said. "His girlfriend Iris Bjork Johannesdottir was with him and he appeared to want to spend time with her...We can only assume Chris believed he was fine to drive given he had the option of transport and he may not have been aware of the minimum blood alcohol levels [0.08] that are well advertised in New Zealand."
—Reporting by Senta Scarborough