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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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If you look at any number of cultures where the women tend to be small, 85 to 110 pounds is almost usual. My Vietamese nail tech has the same stats, but it is how one maintains the weight.

This is a girl who needs help, but her weight level is an indicator but not necessarily the problem. Taking vicodin, smoking pot and drinking alcohol are not good things to do regardless of weight level. I hope Nicole gets herself together.

2810 days ago


If the booze doesn't get her, her Karen Carpenter eating habits will. This girl has a one-way ticket to Forest Lawn. *Yuck*

2810 days ago


DUI-driving under the influence of anything/DWI-driving while intoxicated/she needs to stay in rehab/no passes to get out

2810 days ago


Over 90% of the comments are about her damm weight, who cares!!!!! She was driving at 4:30 in the morning with vicodin and pot in her system and she was driving the wrong way!!!!!!!!!!! She could have killed someone. These so called "Stars" are soo pampered and don't give a damm about anyone but themselves. If Nicole chooses not to eat that is her problem, if she kills someone maybe someone you know and care for, how worried are you going to be about her weight then???

2810 days ago


FYI: DUI means "Driving Under the Influence" - not alcohol, but some other mood-altering substance. DWI is Driving While Intoxicated.

2810 days ago


Paris, you better start preparing the eulogy ahead of time....

2810 days ago


I think my neighbor's dog weighs more than she does. Wonder who she was talking on the phone with?

2810 days ago

tmz is fat    

what i want to know is why she addmitted to what she had taken? and smoked? you wouldnt have been able to tell unless they smelled her... what an idiot

2810 days ago

Albert Trautman    

Why is anything this loser does remotely newsworthy? Quick, what is she famous for? Singning, dancing, acting? And why does she have "fans"?
Five foot 1, how could she see over the steering wheel

2810 days ago


5'1 and 85 pounds. Damn girl you gotta stop eating those big macks and in and out burgers. You got some cash to spare right, go out get yourself a treadmill and a gym membership and a cassette tape called working out to the oldies and sweat out that excess weight. Jesus your a celebrity what the hell you thinking carrying all that extra weight.

2810 days ago


Hollywood Fame = Completely F***ed Up

That's a CFU.

2810 days ago

Erica Frantz    

How does someone like this get a license? She could've killed someone. Somebody needs to go back to rehab- stasap.

2810 days ago

Richard Murrell    

It really amazes me to see how judgemental we are. If this woman was unknown, I don't think anyone would care. Of course those in her inner circle would. The point is, she is human just like all of us and making a mistake is not the end of the world. I would never judge her, but I would encourage her to get the help she needs to conrtol her own life.

2810 days ago

Carol Lynn    

Oh TMZ get it right...the 134 does not go through Burbank! The 5 goes through Burbank, and the 134 does connect to the 5 that goes up to Burbank. But the 134 goes through Glendale. Just want your information to be correct. So you might want to fix that!

2810 days ago


what an attention whore. she competes with hollywood's other worthless women for airtime like this. 5 years from now nicole richie will be a noboby again

2810 days ago
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