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Sean Penn pulled over by sheriff in Malibu while driving car with police-style bull-bar after returning to US from war-stricken Ukraine

Sean Penn recently returned from Ukraine, where he was filming a documentary (Picture: Clint Brewer Photography/A.I.M/Backgrid)

Actor Sean Penn was spotted getting pulled over by a sheriff while driving through Malibu this week.

The Oscar winner, 61, was cruising in his customised motor, which is fitted with a police-style bull-bar and flashing light strips.

Penn, who recently returned from filming a documentary in Ukraine, was stopped by police on the Pacific Coast Highway.

It is not known whether he was handed a ticket.

Photos show the film star wearing his mask while talking to the sheriff at the roadside.

He sat in his charcoal coloured motor that had a device installed on the front to protect its front from collisions, resembling what is used on cop cars.

The actor was spotted chatting to the sheriff at the roadside (Picture: Clint Brewer Photography/A.I.M/Backgrid)

Penn has not long been back in America after he began shooting a VICE doc in Ukraine through the first days of Russia’s invasion, which has seen more than 1.5million refugees fleeing homes so far.

The Fast Times At Ridgemont High star took to Twitter to voice his solidarity with the people of Ukraine, calling the war ‘a most horrible mistake’ by the Russian leader.

He also said he had to ditch a car during filming before fleeing.

Penn and another colleague walked to the Polish border after President Putin invaded.

Penn was driving a customised motor with a police-style bumper (Picture: Clint Brewer Photography/A.I.M/Backgrid)

The director wrote: ‘Myself & two colleagues walked miles to the Polish border after abandoning our car on the side of the road. Almost all the cars in this photo carry women & children only, most without any sign of luggage, and a car their only possession of value.’

His tweet was accompanied by a photo of him walking along the road, wheeling his suitcase while a string of cars were abandoned for miles.

Penn had earlier tweeted: ‘Already a brutal mistake of lives taken and hearts broken, and if he doesn’t relent, I believe Mr. Putin will have made a most horrible mistake for all of humankind.

‘Ukraine is the tip of the spear for the democratic embrace of dreams. If we allow it to fight alone, our soul as America is lost.’

The filmmaker began production for his documentary in November last year, focussing on the escalating tension in Ukraine.

He was in the capital Kyiv when attacks were launched and sat at a government press briefing just hours into the invasion, representing VICE.

The documentary is ‘in association with VICE World News and Endeavour Content,’ according to a spokesman for the media group.

A translated Facebook post said that the Ukrainian government was grateful for Penn and his courage.

Their statement read: ‘An American actor and filmmaker, Oscar winner Sean Penn arrived to Ukraine.

He has been praised by Ukrainian authorities for his ‘courage’ (Picture: Action Press/REX/Shutterstock)

‘The director specially came to Kyiv to record all the events that are currently happening in Ukraine and to tell the world the truth about Russia’s invasion of our country.

‘Sean Penn is among those who support Ukraine in Ukraine today. Our country is grateful to him for such a show of courage and honesty.’

They described how he ‘spoke to journalists, our military, saw how we defend our country.’

‘Sean Penn demonstrates the courage that many others, especially western politicians lack.’

He also met with President Volodymyr Zelensky, who posted a video of their meeting on Instagram. 

Sean Penn’s reps have been contacted for comment.

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