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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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16.

Vicky    

Why in the world would they let the loser drive home after she was busted for DUI?? She was not in custody long enough for the effects of drunkenness to wear off. Paris Hilton is one of the world's biggest losers but the cops are just as bad for letting her (and other celebrities) get away with their bulls***.

2935 days ago
17.

Maggie    

What a surprise .....a self-centered arrogant brat behaving badly. This clearly indicates she has no interest in anyone other than herself. Whhhhhoaaaa, another big shocker!

2935 days ago
18.

muybonita    

That made my whole morning. Thanks TMZ!

2935 days ago
19.

Brian    

When Paris was asked to blow in the breathalyzer, she probably asked the police officer if he had anything else he wanted her to blow on. Paris probably got down on her knees for the magistrate judge when she was taken in . According to how well she blows is what her punishment will be. If they got off, she will get off.

2935 days ago
20.

gil    

CAUGHT DRIVING DRUNK?!? I'D LIKE TO SEE THEM CATCH HER DRIVING SOBER.

2935 days ago
21.

Rachel    

What is it with these publicists following these dumb stars around as if their asses were bars of gold? OMG you broke the law, but don't worry honey, we'll make these police officers look as if they forced it upon you!
Paris, your album sucks (just HEARING that you made one made me cry), but now you can at least say that everyone's seen you in "One Night in Paris" and coming soon to a 24-hour porn store near you, "One Night in the Pokey"...

2935 days ago
22.

KLM    

I thought she was always intoxicated.
Was Mel in the car with her?
What is her purpose in life?

2935 days ago
23.

Kimberly    

Can you say SIMPLE LIFE? Ooops, it not the simple life anymore is it Paris?!!!!! At least she coopoperated and didn't call any one sugar tits!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2935 days ago
24.

Amy    

LOLOLOLOLOOL.........i love it!!!!! and her no sex for a year lasted a whole 3 weeks...her new victim? Travis Barker...like he was really going to keep his mouth shut.......lolololo.......better get checked buddy

2935 days ago
25.

gil    

MAYBE SHE WAS ARRESTED FOR HER SINGING

2935 days ago
26.

DEBI    

the law states that you have to be held in custody for at least 8 hours when arrested for dui. why was she treated any different. by law she should have not been able to leave and especially drive herself. DUHHHHHH WHAT WERE THEY THINKING. hummmmm sounds fishy to me....

2935 days ago
27.

Korvos    

That's so hot she smokes Parliament Light cigarettes. We need more photos of her lighting up.

2935 days ago
28.

kim    

ha, ha, yes, its about time the rich spoiled brat finally gets to go to jail, they should have made her stay a whole wek, bet some of the women in there would have made friends, hee, with her real quick, and why do all famous people get off just because they have money? the system isnt fair, look at OJ now thats another one for ya and mel gibson also.

2935 days ago
29.

justpicky    

CELEBS GET AWAY WITH TO MUCH STUFF .........ITS THE POLICE DEPT FAULT FOR NOT KEEPING HER IN JAIL LONGER .

RICK AND KATHY HILTON IS RAISING A DAUGHTER WHO'S A DRUNK , SHE IS DISRESPECTFUL TO SOCIALITY .

SHE SHOULD'VE HER LICENSE TAKEN AWAY FOR THE NEXT 3 MONTHS AND PAY SOMEONE TO DRIVE HER AROUND.

RICK AND KATHY HILTON HAS A "MONSTER" FOR A DAUGHTER .......JUST THINK OF ALL THE STUPID STUFF SHE HAS DONE / SAID.

PARIS / NICKY HAS NO RESPECT FOR MONEY.........................




VICKY.............IS TOTALLY RIGHT ................



12. Why in the world would they let the loser drive home after she was busted for DUI?? She was not in custody long enough for the effects of drunkenness to wear off. Paris Hilton is one of the world's biggest losers but the cops are just as bad for letting her (and other celebrities) get away with their bulls***.

Posted at 6:54AM on Sep 7th 2006 by Vicky

2935 days ago
30.

Alex    

My only concern is that she is ok and that no one was hurt. Maybe this will be a wake up call for America's little princess. She's not a bad kid; she is just rich, a celebrity, very young, and humna just like the rest of us. Folks, don't be so judgemental. Good luck Paris.
Alex

2935 days ago
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