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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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61.

flavio    

ok she got drunk.....so what?what i am mad are the policemen....i thought everybody is treated the same in the USA...which you guys are the only one that believe it ....i don't..... i m from europe....they can't blindefold us with lies.....LET HER LIVE AND SCREAM FOR THE LACK OF JUSTICE FROM THE POLICE....THE ONLY THING I CAN SAY THAT SHE SHOULD HAVE BEEN TREATED THE SAME...AND ALL OF YOU ARE BITTER BECAUSE SHE HAS MONEY AND FAME WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING AND YOU WORK WITH ALL THE TALENT YOU MAY HAVE FOR 8 DOLLARS PER HRS....STOP BEING SO ENVIOUS!!!!

2969 days ago
62.

Steve    

If it was you or me our car would have been impounded and we would have had to pay a $200 impound fee but for Paris they probably washed the car for her while she was there.

2969 days ago
63.

Russ    

Why is she any different than the rest of Hollywood, the glamor and money has gone to her head and this is just a little bump in the road...cost of doing business, no big deal !

2969 days ago
64.

Melissa    

Damn shame...she's such a nice young lady...sigh...society today........BULL MUTHAF*CKIN SH*T!!!! IF US "NORMAL", "NONCELEBRITY" PEOPLE GOT CAUGHT DRUNK DRIVING OUR ASSES WOULDA STAYED IN JAIL FOR THE WHOLE DAMN NIGHT, WAITING TIL MORNIN TO MAKE BAIL FROM A HEARING FROM A JUDGE. THIS WORLD IS F*CKED UP FOR LETTIN' JUST ABOUT ANY DAMN CELEBRITY GET OFF SCOT FREE EXCEPT FOR ALOT OF BLACK CELEBRITIES......BUT I WONT GET INTO THAT....FOR EXAMPLE LOOK AT MEL GIBSONS.....WHY'D HE GO TO JAIL AND HAVE TO WAIT TO POST BAIL AND THIS SLUTTY TRASH WAS THERE FOR NOT EVEN AN HOUR?!?!?!? HEEEEY MAYBE SHE F*CKED THEM AND MADE A SEX TAPE CALLED: "MY "DRUNKEN" NIGHT WITH THE LAPD" LMAOOOOO. I'M SERIOUSLY THINKING ABOUT BECOMING A JUDGE IN LA JUST SO WHEN THESE HIGH PROFILE CELEBRITIES GET CAUGHT DOING WHAT THEY SHOULDNT BE DOING, I CAN SAY "WELL YOU'RE STILL A PERSON IN THIS CASE AND I'M NOT GOING TO LET YOU GET OFF SCOT FREE BECAUSE IT'S CHEATING OTHER PEOPLE AND THAT'S NOT FAIR".....I'D BE A MEAN ASS JUDGE TO CELEBRITIES LIKE LIL MISS. I THINK I CAN SING, DANCE AND OH YEAH I DONT DRINL ALCOHOL AND I'M STILL A VIRGIN CUZ THAT'S NOT ME ON THAT SO-CALLED SEX TAPE!

2969 days ago
65.

linda Kennedy    

Why didn't they keep her in jail 8 hours like they do every one else?????

2969 days ago
66.

Adam    

I still love you paris

2969 days ago
67.

rose    

muhahaha finally somebody busted her but hopefully she goes to jail that damn b*&#$ really somebody needs to put a bat threw her head because she sound like a dumb@#$ everytime she speaks

2969 days ago
68.

Sara    

Let's see the mugshot!

2969 days ago
69.

James    

OK, so she blew a 0.8 to get arrested, But you didn't tell us WHOM SHE BLEW TO GET OUT? WHOM OR WHAT! She's a pig.

2969 days ago
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gossip fan    

excuses, excuses. If she was so tired, she should have used some of her $$ and hired a chauffer. She attended a charity event, ate nothing and only had noe margarita? Since she is known for her wild partying ways, I find that awfully hard to believe. But the bottom line is she blew a .08. Ha ha, finally busted. This should keep the bloggers busy for days. Will Lindsay be next?

2969 days ago
71.

Heather    

Aww, gee....poor Ms. Paris. Boo hooo hoo. Cry me a river.

Heather

2969 days ago
72.

Rebecca    

If you look at the picture, and read the article, Paris isn't driving home. Nicky Hilton, her boyfriend, and her publicist (I believe) came to the police station. If she hadn't been drinking and driving, then Paris wouldn't have said that she was sorry that the whole thing happened. She would have said that she wasn't drinking and that the police were lying and she was going to fight it. As for only having one drink, that's just what her boyfriend had said. That's not what Paris said. If she only had one drink, she wouldn't have blown a .08 on the breathalyzer. She needs to accept the consequences and quit doing stupid stuff like this.

2969 days ago
73.

CorrOfficer    

I too am glad that she got caught. It is time that celebrities realize that they are people too and that the law does still apply to them. As for her leaving so soon after her arrest, it is common that people get what we call a "custody release" where they can sign themselves out but a "Sober, responsible adult over the age of 18 and with a valid drivers liscense" must sign for their custody and take responsiblility for their actions. Just a slightly different take on it from a correctional point of view...

2969 days ago
74.

TRM    

90 days isn't long enough but that Hollywood. They should also round up Jessica Simpson and put both of them in a round room and tell them to go find a corner. That would keep them both so busy that we wouldn't have to hear about their crap anymore.

2969 days ago
75.

lorenzo tubaya    

oh the embarresment for her little dog !
the heckling he'll get this year at doggy charm school

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