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ABC Security Cam

Captures Richie's Arrest

12/12/2006 1:36 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A camera trained on the 134 Freeway in Burbank recorded Nicole Richie's DUI arrest early Monday morning.

Nicole Richie
ABC Television has offices near the exit ramp which Richie used to enter the freeway going the wrong way. ABC security guards noticed the commotion on their monitors and trained their security camera in that direction.

The pictures show Richie talking to CHP officers. We're told she admitted that she had taken Vicodin and smoked pot.

Richie's attorney, Howard Weitzman, exclusively tells TMZ "This is a difficult time for Nicole but she is prepared to accept whatever responsibility is appropriate. She intends to continue with her career and will deal with any other issues that need to be addressed."


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to much drama    

ok everyone is really worked up I mean Hello if you cut any of us do we all not bleed red hhhmm just a thought . I am glad though that someone did stop her from going the wrong way. She could have been killed or killed someone else. Just Really Glad she was stopped before that could happen

2870 days ago


There is a Japanese thing called "the 3 whites", I think it refers to the whites showing around the pupils of the eyes in 3 spaces. Its a bad thing, like you are going to die soon. N. R.s mugshot shows this.

2870 days ago


I have to agree, this should not be about race. Richie was driving while under the influence of very potent drugs. Vicodin is a controlled substance, and NO ONE should drive while using them. Thank God (or who ever it is you pray to) that no one was injured or worse. Celebrities shouldn't get special treatment when it comes to endangering the public.

2870 days ago


She will get off with another slap on her boney wrist. Just a matter of time until she kills someone and she will probably get off then to. Being rich and powerful in LA is a license to steal, cheat and kill. She already HAD a warning, so we will see just how full of BS the justice system is. Where is a real DA when you need them?

2870 days ago


Nicole Richie is black!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!?!!?!!?! That is news to me!!

2870 days ago

Curiosity Killed the KAT ;-)    

It seems people who don't unerstand the difference between the posts that a poster who shall remain nameles are idiots... The poster mad e a comment about Nicole's race he or she did not say that she agreed with Nicole's actions, I think the poster stated multiple times that Nicole needs help, and that she was pulled over and arrested was because she was driving down the freewar the wrong and driving under the influence.

That being said, she needs some serious help and fast. Posters that are getting uptight about Nicole not being white and comment on it, yet bash the few other posters who are doing so, seem pretty hypocritical...

I like Nicole and wich that she would go and get some help and be on the road to recovery.

2870 days ago


Okay...first off - who care's what nationality she is! She's an 85 pound girl driving on the WRONG side of the road, weaving in and out of lanes, popping pills, and smoking a "dube" She's going downhill and fast! If her weight doesn't kill her, her stupidity will!

2870 days ago


If Nicole is only 85 pounds why is she driving ,why isnt she in a car seat.

2870 days ago


Okay first off, who cares what nationality she is! She's an 85 pound girl, driving on the WRONG side of the road, popping pills and smoking the "mary jane". She's going down and fast! She needs to get her act together, stop embarrassing her dad and family, and eat some food!

2870 days ago

Ricrdo Lee W.    

What's amazing to me (besides the absurd amount of losers out there who are so miserable they're willing to waste their precious time posting trash here; that they should know Mrs. Richie of SIMPLE LIFE fame isn't ever going to bother to read) is how pretty she still looks: intoxicated, embarrassed, arrested, groggy, at 5:00 in the morning, in a bad police mug shot. Even with all the weight she's lost her eyes still sparkle in such a pretty way that you can tell, she's a star.
Her beautiful complexion, her little mouth and even the little smile she managed... She's gorgeous... she's a star!! Even after all the weight loss.

As a young black man that just came home from being stationed overseas the last 3 and a half years in Baumholder Germany (ETS ed 11M A 1/6 Assassin Hooah!) its crazy to hear how much she parties. She looks so fresh faced and innocent its really hard to believe. Even in her mug shot she looks more like an angel than the amazons in the Victoria's Secret ads. Anyway's this chicks living her life and making her money. So why waste energy shaking your fist in the wind?
I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area but Im spending Christmas to New Years in Vegas at the Bellagio where my Pops got us a balcony facing the Strip and the fireworks on New Years eve. What Im getting to is year in and year out people party till they have to lock all the balcony doors on New Years to keep intoxicated people from falling or jumping off! As a kid I spent New Years in Vegas/Reno, New York, New Orleans, Union Square (SF). Ive partied when the Niner's won they're Super Bowl victories. I've been places where the whole cities are out drinking and celebrating. In Idar Oberstein Germany I saw a guy crash his brand new BMW drunk during the Linden Festival. In Ibiza you should see how crazy the British girls get or how we acted during R&R in Bulgaria. All around the world people party, this isnt some new occurrence or something Nicole Richie has just started or invented. Human beings can make mistakes sober. Nicole Richie is not your leader she's no politician or televangelist so why sweat every little move she makes. She's just a girl who grew up in Hollywood, she not a teacher or congressmen or even anytype of civil servant... What type of moron or horrible parent would go around making what Nicole Richie does out to be all important when you have the president who ""didn't inhale"" having affairs with interns, a President elect who had at the very least a DUI (and he's the head of the military chain of command and ""leader of the free world"".)
Getting behind the wheel of car intoxicated is crazy but more soldiers (that I was personally friends with) got chaptered or Article 15's for drunk driving than anything else. Nicole's definitely not the first person guilty of driving under the influence. You have teachers sleeping with the kids and politicians propositioning pages... and your wasting time here? Trying to think of something nasty to say about a girl who parties???

Youd probably be more well served teaching Your kids the Golden Rule, forgiveness/compassion temperance i.e.; or if your really that worried how to "just say no" & defensive driving...

2870 days ago


You are a dumbass, she doesn't even look black retard. She broke the law and that's that!

2869 days ago

Carolina amaris    

This is not a Race thing. Nicole Ritchie my dear Friends doesn't even consider herself Black. The Bottom line is that this girl is SICK. She has a major eating disorder and has a problem with narcotics and everything in between. This is the Dark side of Hollywood that many generations have fought to keep under wraps but this New Generation is out of control. Plain and Simple she needs to go to JAIL. I don't think for one minute any of these kids have had the Sh*t scared out of them. They live in a world where NO doesn't exist. Everything is always Yes. I'm a fan of Nicole I think for the most part she's o.k. because I understand that Perfect doesn't exist but this time she has cross the line. All these girls Paris, Lindsay, Britney, Nicole, etc. Are really Digging their own graves. How the hell do you get in the wrong side of the Freeway. The Freeway People. Were people drive 55 MPH and higher. Do any of you for one minute understand how many innocent people could have died because of one stupid mistake. I'm sorry but Nicole needs to be put away for a while.

2869 days ago

nissy Allen    

what career does she want to get back to???? What does she do for a living?
Pete, you're a nut job...87lbs. Funny

2869 days ago


I did not know Nicole Richie was black. I thought she was white so you can't consider this racial profiling. Also, like the other person said its not a quetion of her color she was driving on the wrong side of the street stupid chick.

2869 days ago


I guess we should just let anyone that is not white drive under the influence so we don't upset some of the people that aren't white... I, for one, am getting tired of celebrities getting special treatment... all of these celebrities continually getting arrested for drugs seem to keep getting a slap on the wrist... when non celebrities get punished... it seems to be a bigger double standard than anything racial...

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