LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Call them amateur paparazzi. A picture happy couple tried unsuccessfully to catch actor Gary Busey on camera in the wrong place at the wrong time, but police arrested the pair instead.

Mark Abel, 52, and Patrice Karst, 51, on Thursday flagged down officers in the celebrity-filled community of Malibu, California, to report they had seen Busey driving his car "erratically" and appeared drunk, said the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department.

Police located Busey's car and stopped the star of 1978 movie "The Buddy Holly Story." While officers were questioning him, they noticed Abel and Karst had pulled up in their own car. The pair began taking pictures of actor, police said.

It seems an obvious attempt to catch a star in trouble with the law but the problem was, Busey was completely sober and in no trouble.

Officers told the pair to move back, but they refused -- falsely claiming they had press identification, police said.

Abel and Karst were arrested on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer. They were released after posting bail of $10,000 each, police said.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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