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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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181.

Windy    

We all know if it were your average joe who done this ,they would be put under the jail. But seeing who she is, I doudt very seriously she'll do jail time. Being rich and famous gets you out of anything....so it seams.

2818 days ago
182.

jeff arnold    

get her off the streets yes,but she's a well healed individual.they usually get away with about everything sad fact justice is only available to the wealthy! however i feel getting this young woman some clinical help is the decent thing to do and the tabloids and news media should let up on her . she's no different than any other spoiled hollyweird rich kid the media makes it look isolated . they're all like this! so why hammer away at little miss richie get off her already!

2818 days ago
183.

T.M. Wells    

That's a damn shame we common folks would of gotten 99 days and a black sunday UNDER THE JAIL why not this dumb B***ch !!!! God, forbid if she would have killed someone, as someone said BEAUTY FADES.......DUMB IS FOREVER...........lawd knows Nicole fits that PROFILE to a ''T''. I

2818 days ago
184.

TB from Pensacola    

Seriously everyone, Nicole is a little girl lost. She needs help and doesn't know where to turn. What she is looking for is something to fix the spiritual void on the inside... without it, the pain of everything else takes over... Anger at her isn't going to help her but compassion will.

2818 days ago
185.

MB    

If this woman does not get jail time, people should be outraged. She should be subject to the same laws as the rest of us, even moreso because she has no respect for other people out there on the road who could be killed by her. This is her second offense and it's inexcusable. Anybody defending this behavior or saying to leave her alone needs a shrink STAT.

2818 days ago
186.

doni    

Wow not only is she losing weight! but shes losing brain cells as well! LOL Going the wrong way on the exit ramp? she probably doesnt even know the right way to go, or what an exit ramp is! Dumb ass LOL Who gives these stupid girls drivers licenses?

2818 days ago
187.

Tim    

Hollywood is eaten up lately with the Dumb Ass. No one cares or should care about thier politics or their self absorbed lifestyles. Barbara Streisand although a magnificent singer, has NO business in American Politics.

Enough is Enough these people are Actors nothing more, their outburst, criminal activity, and out and out ludeness (Paris Hilton) is not to be commended but should be punished.

What happened to the days when Actors cared about their image and how it was portrayed to younger Americans. Boycotting these Clowns should be sweeping the tabloids not honoring these fools for their excesses.

C'mon America thier Actors not World Problem Solvers nor out searching for cures to what truly ailes mankind. Hell your local phamicist, doctor, policeman, firefighter, deserve your recognition, not htese CLOWNS

2818 days ago
188.

J    

Leave the girl alone. She is young and made a mistake. Everybody has done something they are certainly not proud of. Maybe she will learn her lesson... and if not...then who are we to say anything? If you dont know her personally than you have no right to pass judgement on her. Walk a mile in her shoes first.
Thank god no one was killed in this situation. That is the most important thing.

2818 days ago
189.

marvin    

SOME OF YOU THAT POST REALLY BELONG IN A REMEDIAL ENGLISH CLASS. I WOULD REALLY BE ASHAMED, TO HAVE MY NAME OR URL CONNECTED TO SOME OF THE POSTS THAT I READ, "IN THE ZONE". YOU HAD BETTER GET WITH THE PROGRAM.........

2818 days ago
190.

AMANDA    

COME ON EVERYONE! LEAVE THE POOR GIRL ALONE, ALL SHE DID WAS SMOKE SOME WEED AND POP SOME VIC'S, LIKE NONE OF YOU HAVE EVER DONE ANYTHING LIKE THAT?

2818 days ago
191.

Frieda Jane    

While I think that she deserves to do time and big time at that as well as rehab, it won't happen. Daddy will see to it that it doesn't. Personally I am waiting to see what Daddy will have to say when she finally kills someone or herself. If she were mine, she would feel my pain more then I would feel it. She needs a 2 X 4 up alongside her head. Put her and all her buddies in a big toilet and pull the handle and flush them away. I have preteen grandchildren and the girls think that she and the other sluts are just the best people in the world.

2818 days ago
192.

mary mass    

i am truley glad that nicole richie has fired rachel zoe........the stylist.......if you look at all her other subjects or actress's you will see how most of them are young and very naive with out great parenting .........i am not saying the parents do not care but they also are caught up in the money and lifestyle their child is provides for most of them.........at a certain age a parent does not have many rights as far getting the proper mental healthcare for their child ...........so what do we do? WE NEED TO START WITH OUR CONGRESS AND SENATORS AND CHANGE OUR LAWS WHEN OUR CHILDREN CANNOT MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES>>>>>THE BAKER ACT IS ONLY GOOD FOR 72 HOURS OR UP TO THE MOST A MONTH IF THE DR. SAYS SO.......so what do we do........mr. richie you can help...........not only nicole but our country......you have a voice and influence unfortunately today it takes actors and entertainment people today to help change our laws, get more money for heathcare and etc........mr. richie i challage you.........i give permission for you to get in touch with me..........thankyou, mm

2818 days ago
193.

M.A.    

Michelle:

Read the article again. The Toyota Corolla pertained to her FIRST ARREST!!!.....

She just traded the Toyota for a Mercedes this time.

2818 days ago
194.

Johnny    

In response to #5:

You call driving the wrong way on a highway under the influence of a controlled substance "a little mistake?" This girl has a history of problems & belongs first in jail & then in detox. I think it's a sad commentary on today's world when people like Nicole Richie, Paris Hilton & Britney Spears are the idols of our kids. Not one of them has any true talents. Not one of them is mature enough to handle responsibilities. A few things for them to consider:

1) Stop drinking!
2) Stop taking drugs!
3) Eat something!
4) If you want to be a parent, act like one!
5) Learn a real skill. Looking pretty isn't a skill.

2818 days ago
195.

Frieda Jane    

Please, can anyone tell me even one thing that this person has done that might redeem her in this world?

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