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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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my daughter is just under 5 feet and when she is 100 pounds she is pretty damn small - cannot imagine weighing what Nicole weighs and looking anywhere normal.

2810 days ago

Sharon Carroll    

DUI means "Driving" under the influence, not drunk under the Influence. She could have been driving under the Influence without drinking!!!

2810 days ago

duh...totally !    

jeeez !

what a dumb @ss...I'm sick of these worthless, self centered girls who offer NOTHING positive to society or the youth who admire them.....

at least Lohan and Jessica Simpson entertain with movies and/or music.....
those 2 do not bother me like Paris and Nicole....I do not get it, what is the deal w/ these 2 worthless turds ????

2810 days ago

larry holt    

This is Celebrity Justice: Possession of heroin & marijuana dismissed. I know person who did five years for a possession of a joint. Lives destroyed; families disconnected; limited employment after serving time; and right to vote eliminated. Our justice system is sometimes shameful.

2810 days ago

duh...totally !    

she is STILL on the road to Nowhere!!!!

If she keeps on this destructive path with her weight issues, drugs, drinking, etc.....she will die very young......

c'mon Lionel ! get her some damn help ! not a nutritionist or wtf ever you TRIED to do...Paris, Joe Francis, Greasy Bear....all BAD people in your daughters life....time to help and take some control !

2810 days ago


Another ratpack addict bites the dust. Arrested at 0450 and out of the can by 0715? I am not shocked by the arrest, for the drinking and the "sans panties" brigade, alitte pot and vicodan does not suprise me....
What does suprise me is this chick dosent do 3 hours in the can?
The normal joe would be in for a minimum of at least 12 hours here in Vegas...Longer elsewhere. Does she have to kill someone to make 6 hours?
Hummmmmmm...What good green money will do.

2810 days ago

When do you finally say when Nicole??    

DUI means under any influence- Driving under the influence is influence of anything- Im suprised with her weight she could handle that combination- obviously she wasn't doing it well but I am 5'5" and weight 125 and I would have been knocked out just off the pill. Crazy!!

2810 days ago

Charles in florida    

Stupid is as stupid does

2810 days ago


Well I think this answers the questions. First of all, I lived in LA and cannot imagine how you can end up going the wrong way on the 134 Freeway unless you are totally wacked. Second, she was taking Vicodin? Well of course, thats why she doesn't eat, she's always high! Who gave her the drugs? If it was a Doctor, what injury does she have that she needs a painkiller for? Did she buy them illegally? She weighs 85 pounds because she is a DRUG ADDICT plain and simple and now the truth comes out, and while we are at it, lets throw a little, probably a lot of cocaine into the mix. I am usually asleep at that hour. As a former user, I know the game. She needs rehab and NOW!

2810 days ago

Kim from Palo Alto    

She is so fat.

2810 days ago

the wise old owl    

POst #47 MJM: You're a very sick individual. NIcole is inches away from dying. Is that what you want other young girls to aspire to be ? You have some mental and emotional issues that need to be addressed. 3 models have now died because they have starved themselves to death. It looks like Nicole Richie may be next. I hope you were being SACRASTIC when you made that remark

At Nicole's weight that vicodin must have hit her like " a ton a bricks ". I 'm sure that the POT she is smoking is very powerful too. It's not like it was in the 60's that's for sure.

She must have been so disorientated.........far more impaired than what alcohol would have done . What a dumb-ass. She will be the " Next Garrison " if she doesn't kill herself 1st by starvation.

2810 days ago


You know what...if you people are going to least read the article first and not JUST the headline. THANK YOU!!! The article clearly says that she was tested and HAD NOT BEEN DRINKING!!!!

To answer your question. A DUI is Driving Under the Influence. So it can be any substance that affects your motor functions. It doesn't have to be alcohol speciffically. You can get a DUI driving a boat or any other motorized vehicle in most states.

2810 days ago

Greta Shefers    

I have no interest in Nicole Ritchie whatsoever. She is just another poor child that I see fading away on the cover of various tabloids. Her claim to fame, whether she ate a salad leaf or a radish for lunch at some posh eatery. But people if you are going to take the time to comment on the latest article about her at least get the facts straight. And I quote " A preliminary alcohol screening device revealed that Nicole was not under the influence of alcohol".

2810 days ago


whoa. i just hope she gets some help and some direction......maybe she'll be lucky enough to get probabtion or something to straighten her ass out. she was HILARIOUS on the 1st season of the simple life and i am a fan, hope she wakes up and smells the coffee before it's too late.

2810 days ago


Just a matter of time before one of these ho's kills someone.......these are two bitches that will never learn..they think they are above the law....Paris & Nicole should be in rehab...........mark my word some innocent person will be hurt by these two lushes

2810 days ago
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