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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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46.

linda, Kentucky    

I'm sorry that happened to her.American women are so jealous of her beauty,and money.See has what all women want,money,power,looksand personalty.You go girl!

2977 days ago
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Ralphie Ralph    

Well at least once in a while we need to make fun of paris and ourselves!!!!! We have a 5 minute thing that we can use up so we don't waste our time! DUH!!

2977 days ago
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Rebecca    

What I don't understand is that she was crying last week after reading posts that people had written about her. She was so upset and hurt that people were saying bad things about her and that she was a bad person. Well, when you say you're not going to do something (not have sex) and then you do and when you say that you don't drink (and you get pulled over for a DUI), what are people supposed to think? If she wants to continue to have fans (which I doubt that there are too many out there), then she needs to quit lying to them. It served her right for getting pulled over. If you drink and drive, you take the dive. The situation could have been alot worse. For crying out loud, she had a passenger in the car with her.

2977 days ago
49.

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.

2977 days ago
50.

cb    

paris is a lady- she exhibited class behavior with the officer.

2977 days ago
51.

Missy    

If she has been awake for 24 hours, why did she need to go out? Should have skipped the club and headed straight home!

2977 days ago
52.

Sherri    

She had a margarita people..it has a shot of tequila in it.. she didnt drink the whole bottle.. they released her at 2am after picking her up at 12:30am and they let her drive her car when she left the station so that in its self will tell you she wasnt drunk.
Paris if you are reading this.. you go girl!! .. people are jealous of the attention you get... .. you're young and beautiful. and i like your song Stars Are Blind.. even if i am 46yrs old lol..
Have a Spiffy Day!!

2977 days ago
53.

tiana    

BREATH TEST DONT LIE, SHE DROVE DRUNK SHE GOT COUGHT, NOW MISS GOODIE TWO SHOES WILL PLAY DUMB BLONDE AND GET AWAY WITH IT.. AS ALL STARS DO!!!!!!!!!!!!

REGULAR PPL IN AMERICA DRIVE DRUNK GO TO THE SLAMMER AND END UP IN COURT AND HAVE TO DO TIME OR A BIG BIG FINE, SHE WILL JUST GET A SLAP ON THE HAND !!!!!!!!!
IT BLOWS ME AWAY HOW STARS GET AWAY WITH IT!!!!!!!!!!

2977 days ago
54.

Laura    

NO EXCUSES! Drinking and Driving are horrible things regardless of your circumstances! So she didn't eat, was tired, had parties and a video? SO? She could have paid someone to drive her!

2977 days ago
55.

Steve    

I would volunteeer to be her designated driver!!!!

2977 days ago
56.

TooShay    

Been up for 24 hours and not eaten anything (but a margarita).....hummmm.....Her daily intake was Margaritas&Parliament Lights cigarettes.These girls are screaming for trouble....and not the kind they can buy out of......long term health problems are in the making.

2977 days ago
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Laura    

She drove home from jail?? Since she had been drinking wouldn't it have been the smart thing to have someone else drive?? I know that she acts like she doesn't have a brain cell in that blond head but surely one of her flunkies that showed up at the jail should have drove her home.

2977 days ago
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Jennifer    

What happened to innocent until proven guilty??? Paris Hilton is by no means my favorite "celebrity," but what if her story is true? It doesn't take much to get to .08, and you're treating her like she blew a .4 or something.

2977 days ago
59.

YE    

Is it bad to feel so glad she was caught? Yep. LOL. Don't have much sympathy for her though. Maybe now the media would stop reporting on her for doing nothing so much.

2977 days ago
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Rebecca    

As for the comments from #31 and #32, when our teenage girls look up to Paris and idolize her, Paris should have the decency to act right in public. Alot of kids see these celebrities do things and they think that since the celebrities can do it, then so can they. I have a 10 year old niece who happens to like Paris and I do not want her to think that it's cool that Paris does what she does. So, if I want to say something "bad" about Paris, I have a right. I hope she reads these posts as well and maybe then she'll wake up and grow up.

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