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Richie Has Prior DUI

Mandatory Jail on the Line

12/13/2006 7:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Nicole Richie Nicole Richie could be adding stripes to her wardrobe in the very near future.

TMZ has found court documents which reveal that Richie pled no contest four years ago to driving under the influence. Under California law, if Richie is convicted of DUI as a result of Monday's arrest, the judge must impose a jail sentence.

The law requires a mandatory sentence of five consecutive days in county jail as well as a one year license suspension for anyone twice-convicted of DUI. In addition, Richie would be ordered to attend an alcohol education program for a year-and-a-half, even if the second conviction is not alcohol-related.

As TMZ first reported, Richie admitted to CHP officers that she had taken Vicodin and smoked pot before driving the wrong way on a Burbank freeway. A field sobriety test revealed she was not under the influence of alcohol.

Cop: "What have you eaten today?"
Nicole: "French Fries"

TMZ has obtained the police documents in the 2002 case. In the arrest report it reveals that Richie told cops all she had eaten that day were french fries. As for what she drank that day -- "1 shot vodka."

She blew a .12. and a .13 in two separate tests. In California, .08 is considered legally intoxicated. Richie was stopped in her Toyota Corolla after a UCLA police officer observed her blowing a red light and driving over a speed bump at more than 50 miles an hour in an area with a 15 mph speed limit. Richie flunked the field sobriety test -- her eyes were watery and bloodshot, and she could not keep her balance.

Richie was given three years probation for her 2002 DUI conviction and had her license suspended for one year. Six months later, Richie was arrested for possession of heroin and for driving with a suspended license.

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151.

TONY    

YA PAY'S FOR YOUR THRILL'S ! THE SAD PART IS THAT THE LEGIONS OF FAN'S THAT LOOK UP TO THESE RICH BIMBO GODESSES WANT TO FOLLOW IN ALL THEIR SELF DISTRUCTIVE WAY'S. SOCIETY CAN ONLY HOPE FOR THE DAY THAT THE NICOLE'S , PARIS , AND BRITTNY HAVE NO APPEAL . JAIL TIME FOR THEM ALL !

2809 days ago
152.

My two cents    

Phoenix and Jennifer- You have to remember that many of the posters on this site are NOT the sharpest tools in the shed. They can barely read and can hardly write. All they know how to do is put down other people because that is all they know how to do. They probably do not have jobs, most of them anyways because they just would not know how. Either that, or some of them run the front counter at the local Taco Bell or McDonalds (you know, the ones that cannot even get an order correct).

2809 days ago
153.

whatever    

I like nicole but the bottom line is...she did the crime, she should do the time. It is not a rumor that celebs get away with these things, it is a fact. To me that is a terrible thing. Hopefully we won't hear in the future that she was killed in a tragic accident while under the influence because the laws that are there to protect us failed. When these people are allowed to get away with this behavior, they become habitual offenders. John Doe would be punished for this behavior, she should too. For ours and her well-being.

2809 days ago
154.

Lyn    

She like most rich kids with famous parents seem to have the most trouble in life.
Not only does she deserve jail time, she needs MEDICAL attention for drugs and to get some weight on her.

2809 days ago
155.

Fame Game    

There's no way that one shot of vodka could get her BAC up to .13. I once had at least 6 shots of rum, beer, and accidentally absinthe and my BAC had only hit .05..of course it was my first and only drinking binge but for, an "expert drinker" to only have 1 shot of vodka and get a .13? That's impossible...like someone said, there has to be some lie in there.

2809 days ago
156.

Simone Richardson    

I think that Nicole should be given a chance to rehabilitate because everyone has their problems.

2809 days ago
157.

ORALEE    

A DRUNK IS A DRUNK . NO MATTER THEIR STATUS. IN OTHER WORDS RICH OR POOR. SHE NEEDS TO DO THE TIME, BEFORE SHE KILLS AN INOCENT BYSTANDER. JUST LIKE THE DRUNK DRIVER THAT KILLED MY SON. SO YOU SEE I KNOW FIRST HAND WHAT A DRUNK DRIVER CAN AND WILL DO. GET HER OFF THE ROAD.

2809 days ago
158.

Ms. Average American    

Tired of hearing about all these rich people who do not have the common sense to hire a driver - at the least CALL A CAB!
We will once again see that our justice system favors the almighty dollar when high priced lawyers promise rehab for yet another spoiled rich kid.

2809 days ago
159.

Helen Umphrey    

This just goes to prove..AGAIN... that the laws are only for SOME people!!! Of course she should go to jail and for the maximum sentence. This makes me sick!!!

2809 days ago
160.

Vicki    

The TMZ article is referring to the 2002 DUI arrest when it states Nicole was driving a Toyota Corolla. This most recent incident was when she was driving the Mercedes SUV. I hope she gets the same judge that Robert Downey, Jr received. It's time for celebs to start paying for their mistakes just like the not so priveledged population!

2809 days ago
161.

Janet    

I can not believe she was more upset about the incorrect weight posted on her police record rather than taking responsibility for her out of control behavior. By the way, what do these men see in her?

2809 days ago
162.

Kim    

When is the law going to look at all people EQUAL??? If this would be the average person we would have gone straight to jail !!! I guess it is true, "THAT MONEY TALKS!"

2809 days ago
163.

Tom    

She sould be sentenced to house arrest for the next 6 months. My house!

2809 days ago
164.

Chris    

I am sorry if this was a regular Joe he would be punished, Nicole could have killed anybody she was driving on the wrong side of the road and was in the car pool lane stopped, she should do jail time she is not above the law, are they going to wait till she kills a person to punish her, she created her own life, I am sick of these people who say leave her alone, she is out and about and she is a public figure, not to mention one of the ugliest people people in Hollywood, give it up you idiots who stick up for her she is a spoiled, little rich girl who is used to getting everything she wants, throw the moron in jail.

2809 days ago
165.

Lori    

I think this whole thing is pathetic. She is dam lucky she didnt kill anyone. She needs jail time and rehab. If she wants to kill herself, so be it, but when you do that and get behind the wheel of a car, your putting everyone elses life in danger. She makes me sick and the fact that teenagers look up to her makes it even worse. Her and Paris and both a couple of no talent idiots with money that have nothing better to do than shop and party. The media needs to stop giving them the press time that they do...talk about unworthy!!! If they didnt have money, they'd be nothing but a couple of speed whores.

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