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Nicole Richie

Popped for DUI

12/11/2006 1:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Nicole RichieTMZ has learned that Nicole Richie was arrested for DUI early Monday morning. She was booked at 4:50 AM today and was released around 7:15 this morning. The booking sheet reveals Richie is 5'1" and 85 lbs.

We're told two motorists spotted her SUV going the wrong way on the 134 Freeway in Burbank. The drivers called 911.

When the CHP responded, Richie was stopped in the carpool lane and was alone in the vehicle. When cops approached the vehicle, Richie was on her cellphone.

Law enforcement officers tell TMZ Nicole Richie admitted she had taken Vicodin and smoked pot.

A preliminary alcohol screening device revealed that Nicole was not under the influence of alcohol.

One law enforcement source tell TMZ that while Richie was at the jail she was "very cooperative and very humble."

This is not the first brush Richie has had with substance abuse. In 2003, she pled guilty to heroin possession. The charges were dismissed after she completed the terms of her probation.

A rep for Richie had no comment.

TMZ has learned that Richie hired celebrity lawyer Howard Weitzman to rep her in this latest incident.


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85 pounds and drunk at 4:50 am? And I suppose her publicist is going to come out with another enabling comment to try to spin this. They need to do an intervention and get her some help fast, IMO.

2838 days ago


#11 Under the influence could mean anything. She was impaired, smoking pot and taking vicodin should have put her to sleep. She has NO business driving in that condition. She could have killed someone.

When will they learn? When there's a call for an ambulance to pick up a corpse?

2838 days ago


Train Wreck.

2838 days ago


If she is addicted to vicodin then that explains her weight issues. Hope she gets help.

2838 days ago


I am glad to hear that no one got hurt or killed.

2838 days ago

Curiosity Killed the KAT ;-)    

Nicole was not drinking and driving but she was high off of Vicodin and marijuana... Just as bad as being drunk. Nicole has probably gained five pounds meaning she went from being 80 pounds to 85 pounds.. She needs to be institutionalized very quickly.... Isn't she friends with Mary Kate? Nothing will happen to Nicole (as far as legally) she may be forced to go into rehab, and then everything will be right in the world (rolls eyes). Nicole, her friends and her family are in denial about her weight and drug problems, there needs to be an intervention and soon...

2838 days ago


hollywood + money = no consequences

2838 days ago


DUI=DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE.......of anything..meaning drugs or alcohol! Driving in the wrong direction? How scary is that? SHe could have easily killed someone. These Hollywood a**holes are out of control and it needs to stop!

2838 days ago

Hot Carl    

You'd think with all that pot she's smoking that she would get the MUNCHIES!!! Jesus Christ pack on a few pounds!!! 5'1" 85 lbs... that's the size of my 3rd leg!!

2838 days ago


Somebody get this girl a sammich, stat! 85 lbs? Holy crap? A strong wind would blow her away. I wonder if this is all in her head. She was given so much crap by the media for being "chunky" when she and that moron made the Simple Life #1. Now they're all saying she's too skinny. What's a girl to do, eh?

I also applaud her for smoking a little pot. Maybe she'll get the munchies and eat something for heaven's sake. But, Nicole, you shouldn't be stoned on the highway going the wrong way. That's bad....and stuff.

2838 days ago


Driving while under the influence is bad news. She could have killed someone. Yet another Hollywood loser. Sad.

2838 days ago


I have a question - Who the hell is Nicole Richie and why do we care?

2838 days ago


In God's name....why on earth? Why on earth does this talent-free zero get any press at all? Who is she? What has she accomplished? She has the best PR people and Marketing reps in the world, and we, the pathetic public, treat her as if she were some interesting, talented diety. How sad for all of us. As Daniel Moynihan said years ago: "The dumbing down of America."

2838 days ago

Bob Bailey    

Who's the dumb azz here? You people can't even finish an article!!! It clearly says NO ALCOHOL was involved. So it's prolly a publicity stunt and i'm sure she's a lot better off than most of us! PEACE

2838 days ago


The cops in Hollyweird know that these kids are out acting like this. It is really about time they start cracking down. before one of them kills some one. Oh yeah it too late for that. The idiot from prison break already did that.

2838 days ago
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