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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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SCOTT CUNNINGHAM SR.    

This just shows that celebrities are no different then the rest of us. We all make mistakes. She handled it like the Princess she is, with style. If she wasn't famous and was just you or me, we would have never even heard about it. I still love her, she is a sweetheart.

2914 days ago
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marie    

good for her she should be treated like everyone else get probation and go to the class and get her license taken away for a year who cares if she is a celebrity she will probably try to con her way out of this one and i think it wont be right if they let her slide

2914 days ago
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gossip fan    

They probably let her out after only 2 hours, because 2 hours of her fake whiny dumb blonde act probably made them sick. This isn't a big thing for her, she can afford the fine and to pay for the 6 months of classes, she can afford to hire someone to drive her around. It's actually going to get her some more publicity time in the magazines, and on tv.

2914 days ago
94.

Joyce    

Vicky #12, if u look at the picture being shown its clearly visual that Paris is a passenger in the car NOT the Driver after being released....get ur facts straight before u blow ur horn.

2914 days ago
95.

tamilyn    

HAHAHAHA fake princess finally got caught, i love it!!!!!!!!!she is like a freaking roach when you turn the lights on EVERYWHERE

2914 days ago
96.

Janell    

that is what she gets about time if her level was .08 and she only had one margarita then just how big was it lol a gallon are bigger b/c just one want do it

2914 days ago
97.

Nora    

I think Paris is like Jane Mansfield, she ACTS like a ditz but in reality has a mind like a steel trap. She's got plenty of smarts. If only she'd used them on that night. I'm sure Paris knows PLENTY of people who would have given her a ride home.

If she gets treated like the rest of us for driving under the influence I'll be mighty surprised!

2914 days ago
98.

rwoold2564    

hahahahahah..... there we go!!!! QUITE A GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2914 days ago
99.

john miceli    

i think that someone called the police on her to make news , i drink come on , i think she was tired i know i am

2914 days ago
100.

bev    

Uh -oh !!!!!! I see another porn about to be made. Paris does the LAPD. Me personally wouldn't touch that skank with someone elses parts.

2914 days ago
101.

Tom    

For someone of her body weight, a .08 is probably 1 drink. I don't think she should get special treatment but she should not be cruise-a -fied.

2914 days ago
102.

???    

NUMBER 71 !!! Yeaah right like Paris is the LAST person on earth you would trade places with???? Talk about BS!!! Maybe you should trade with some guy on death row since you seem just as hateful. Oh but, it would still be better thatn being Paris. she never ask to be your daughteres role model. she's not a ggod one but, why is your daughter watching paris on tv if you hate her so much? your her mom, look at yourself and stop blaming paris hilton for crying out loud. teach your child of all the reasons to like paris and keeep her mind off the bad. tell her paris is always busy doing charity and that is why she is famous not just because she was born into money but because she is actually doing something instead of blowing coke up her nose and gettting breast implants. the more you dog her the more your kid will love her.

2914 days ago
103.

RJ    

I've always said that money doesn't give you class. Never liked the girl. If I were her parents I'd cut her money off until she learned to act like a Hilton. She's tacky and embarrassing to see.
Hope this opens her eyes.

2914 days ago
104.

MarciaB    

Sounds like a publicity stunt....again!

2914 days ago
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Lori    

Paris IF YOU READ THIS As a Mother I am appalled at your actions, Girl you need to go to jail for what you did. Can't believe no jail time in California I guess in that state you have TO KILL SOMEBODY WHILE YOU DRINK AND DRIVE TO HAVE CONSEQUENCES. HOPE SHE HAS TO DO COMMUNITY SERVICE LIKE BOY GEORGE AND PICK UP GARBAGE.

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