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EXCLUSIVE: PARIS BUSTED FOR DUI

9/7/2006 5:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Paris Hilton after her arrest: Click to watchParis Hilton was arrested in Hollywood early Thursday and charged with driving under the influence.

TMZ has learned LAPD officers noticed Paris driving her Mercedes McLaren SLR erratically at 12:31 AM and stopped her. They believed she exhibited signs of intoxication. We're told they administered a field sobriety test, and Paris blew a .08. In California, driving with a .08 blood alcohol level is the minimum level for DUI.

Paris was arrested and taken to the LAPD Hollywood division, where she was booked. The officers who stopped the car did not know it was Paris Hilton until they approached the vehicle on foot. Police sources say she was cooperative. Paris had a passenger in the car -- Kimberly Stewart, Rod Stewart's daughter.

Nicky Hilton arrives at police station: Click to watchNicky Hilton, her boyfriend, "Entourage" star Kevin Connolly and her publicist Elliot Mintz arrived at the Hollywood police station just before 2 AM PST. A short time later, Paris was released on her own recognizance and allowed to leave (Note: The law enforcement booking document says she posted bail. That is incorrect. She did not).

Cops took a booking photo, which an LAPD spokesperson says will not be released. An LAPD source would not confirm if Paris glammed it up for the camera, but revealed "It doesn't look like Nick Nolte."

Mintz told TMZ that Paris had attended a charity event earlier in the evening. He said she had a single drink -- a margarita -- the entire evening and shortly thereafter she was stopped. She was asked to take a breathalyzer test when she was stopped and cooperated. She took a second test at the station. For the record, TMZ is told Paris is 5'9" and weighs 110 lbs.

TMZ spoke with Paris as she was driving home from jail, stopping for Parliament Lights cigarettes en route. She says she "regrets it occurred," and adds that she has been up for 24 hours, having shot a music video all day. (TMZ had exclusive access to the music video set and our video will be posted in a few hours.) Paris says she had nothing to eat and no rest the entire day.

TMZ spoke with Lt. Russ Wong, the watch commander on duty at the Hollywood station. He tells TMZ Paris received no special treatment, however he acknowledges he did not hold her at the station for the standard minimum of three hours. Lt. Wong says he released her after an hour and a half because a gaggle of paparazzi appeared at the station and posed a significant traffic hazard which he needed to abate. Lt. Wong says it's SOP to release a first-time DUI suspect without bail if a responsible party is there to drive them home -- Elliot Mintz was that party.

Driving under the influence is a misdemeanor. If convicted, the defendant will not be jailed, will be given three months' probation, and will be ordered to enter an alcohol program and will have his or her license restricted for 90 days.<



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DENNIS    

DUMB-ASS GIRL ! I AM NOT SURPRISED AT ALL THOUGH! SHE NEEDS TO SLOW DOWN AND THINK !!!!! OK . . . ILL SETTLE FOR SLOWIN DOWN LOL . . . WHORE !

2938 days ago
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ME    

OOps.... The Princess finally got caught.. Damn... LOL

2938 days ago
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kristina    

yeah right, like there will actually be consequences for her... don't count on it...
PARIS you're a dumb bitch

2938 days ago
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champayne    

poor girl i bet she didnt have to blow zero to get out.

2938 days ago
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AMD    

HEE HEE HEE!!

2938 days ago
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THE SOURCE    

That would be a jail sentence to hear her own cd during lock up and no booze or ciggarettes- haha STARS ARE BLIND THATS WHY THEY GET DUI!

2938 days ago
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lalala    

Its weird that she has told people in recent past that she doesn't drink and her shots are filled with water.

2938 days ago
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Forgiven    

It won't be the last time for her, her sense of responsibilty is blinded by all the money she has, and she'll get away with a slap on the hand.

2938 days ago
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ANGELUS    

she will just bribe someone and get out of it totally, if it was one of us we would still be in jail.

2937 days ago
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carolyn    

I am SO glad she FINALLY got busted . Now let's see if she gets what us normal people would get . I hate when celebrity's get off scott free because of who they are . It is wrong and she is nothing but TRASH . She is not a good person at all .

2937 days ago
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Marc    

I wonder how this will help her cd sales?

2937 days ago
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Tammy    

Finally she gets caught in a lie. hehe. The princess has fallen. BTW what was she wearing? A lampshade perhaps?

2937 days ago
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Ralphie Ralph    

Oh my lord!!! Well at least she is not special anymore. Skank whore will not drive for a while at least she taking the damn bus to the clubs!!!

2937 days ago
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anon    

AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

2937 days ago
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Frank M    

paris hilton and all those other losers that hang around with her are not stars, i wish you'd stop calling them that. these people have no stardom in them. the last of the movie stars are in their sixties now. the trash these day's couldn't hold a candle to me, and i'm just an ordinary joe. stop offering these people fame.

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