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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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31.

Linda    

I've heard that same excuse about no sleep and not eating a thousand times from beautiful young alcoholics who get caught DUI. Even if it IS true, not eating or sleeping all day followed by stopping a a nightclub for one drink (yeah right) is typical irresponsible behavior of an alcohol abuse pattern. She'll be in rehab one day---Ill put money on it.

2883 days ago
32.

alain r gibbs    

whore, whore,whore

2883 days ago
33.

O Man    

After losing a sister to a DUI driver and all he got was 8 years probation and he was only in jail for 4 hour. How do they get away with it? If that was me, I would still be in jail.

2883 days ago
34.

J Downey    

It's about time that little tart comes to reality She's a disgrace to the female gender and has influenced my daughters with her stupid antics. JD

2883 days ago
35.

Shannon    

I'm glad she got caught, but we all know that she'll get off and be out there doing it again next week..I just have one question?? When did "reality stars" become stars, period?? I live reality everyday..Does that mean I deserve a million dollar contract for doing nothing?? When Paris & all these other "stars" win an emmy or Oscar for their work, then they can be called STARS!!!!!!!!

2883 days ago
36.

GINNIE    

WHAT SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ARRESTED FOR IS THAT CD OF HERS. THE WAY SHE ACTS HOW CAN YOU EVER TELL IF SHE'S DRUNK OR NOT. SHE NEEDS TO GROW UP. SHE REALLY IS PATHETIC.

2883 days ago
37.

Becky    

Paris Hilton looks (and thinks) like a bobble-head doll. Just check out that photo of her in the article!

2883 days ago
38.

Jade    

Like most of you it doesn't surprise me much. I'm actually kind of surprised it hasn't happened sooner. She's had a rough September, maybe she needs a bit of "down" time. Her life is one party after another and work in between.. burning the candle at both ends.

2883 days ago
39.

Ken    

Get real, people. Driving when you would blow .08 is anly against the law because MADD is prohibition crazy, and our legislators are afraid of their political muscle. That's not nearly as impaired as half the stone cold sober drivers that didn't get enough sleep or are trying to drive while eating a burger or talking on the cell.
Doesn't mater who you are, you'd be back on the street (and driving)right away, because when you test again at the station, you'd probably be back under limit.

2883 days ago
40.

Beanie    

i HATE it when Im up all day shooting a music video then off to partying all night and some cop stops ME...............
ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Did she call Mel Gibson for bail money?

2883 days ago
41.

Bill R    

"THAT"S HOT!"

2883 days ago
42.

Richard    

Paris Hilton is just like the rest of us just higher profile.It amazes me how
mean and ugly people are in todays society.Why don't you look at your own
problems and deal with them before you start beating the crap out of Paris Hilton.
I doubt if any of you have ever raised money for a charity event so why don't
you focus on the good works of Paris Hilton instead of creating hate and fear all the time by pointing the guilty finger .

2883 days ago
43.

Marsha    

Paris: No talent, bad example, ignorant,spoiled,worst dressed list, bad decisions,
above punishment for breaking the law, brain dead, the list goes on. Definitely not news worthy. Will the Simple Life be changed to simple minded? Probably not.

2883 days ago
44.

Reed    

I do nopt normally read the blogs of people who follow the celebs. But for some reason I did on this one. It is pathetic to read these comments. For it is apparant they are written by the "little people" who live a life of hoping to find a celeb in a worse state than they wallow in.
Every comment I read was written from one who has no compassion for their fellow human beings. There but for the grace of God go I. You writers need to get a life.

2883 days ago
45.

lauralove    

3 months probation? odd.....california law? texas is much more strict. minimum one year on first offense. wow....well, if she has any cavities....they will hold alcohol vapors and make you "blow" a higher level. i'm sure her attorney will figure something out. just a minor slap on the wrist for poor miss hilton.

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