Erik Cowie, one of the “Tiger King” stars who you saw caring for the zoo’s exotic animals, was driving drunk when he crashed into another car … at least according to cops.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Cowie was busted for DUI in Oklahoma after cops say they responded to a two-car collision on an interstate highway.

We’re told Cowie was driving one of the cars involved in the accident last month, and responding officers say he reeked of booze and bombed field sobriety tests.

Our sources say he admitted to having 2 beers before getting behind the wheel, and his blood alcohol content came in at 0.11.

Our sources also say, Cowie was put in handcuffs on the spot, and taken to jail where he was booked for driving under the influence. He’s already entered a guilty plea and will be sentenced on May 25.

Fortunately, law enforcement says no one in either vehicle was injured in the crash.

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