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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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196.

doda    

Get real , she will not spend any time in jail. Only working unconnected people go to jail in America.

2767 days ago
197.

marvin    

HAY "AMANDA", GET REAL.. JOINTS AND POPPING, THEN DRIVING THE WRONG WAY ON THE FREEWAY? YOU HAD BETTER WAKE UP........

2767 days ago
198.

Beth Van Nostrand    

ewwww.......what trash!

2767 days ago
199.

BMYHuckleberry    

Why does Beyonce look white? Is she doing a Micheal Jackson? -- Picture to the left->>>>

2767 days ago
200.

yo    

THATS WHATS WRONG WITH THE SYSTEM....IF YOU ARE A CELEBRITY ALL IS FORGIVEN..IS BEEN PROVEN MANY TIMES

2767 days ago
201.

marvin    

BEYONCE KNOWLES GETS WHITER WITH EVERY NEW PERFORMANCE. DON' T YOU THINK??????

2767 days ago
202.

mike    

SAD SAD SAD that a girl this pretty is living like this when she has every opportunity you could want to be successful in life. There's no doubt that she has a mental issue that is eating at her inner coil and has finally surfaced. Instead of cursing at this young lady lets try and help her find her way, its not too late and i know she is begging inside for a real life a loving nurtured life...one that doesn't require status quo... and voka mixed with vidocin could be why she isn't hungry she is commiting suicide the long way. Kids all over this country doing same thing, wake up Parents.

2767 days ago
203.

Kelly    

# 8 you're a moron...they said they obtained the reports from the 02' case. she said she hadn't drank anything that night. when she was driving 50 miles an hour and ran the red light was from the 2002 case. i don't see why everyone is so hard on her, or any other celebrity for that matter. everyone on here has probably messed up at some point in time but nobody takes that into consideration. besides, why would it be any of our business if they mess up or not. leave her alone.

2767 days ago
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Sallie Davis    

I find it very sad; this women is really beautiful and the way she takes care of herself is really going to be hard on her body. I would rather that she gets help, than jail time. someone needs to step in and really help her to turn her life around. I think she is absolutely beautiful and I wish that she would see herself in the same way. She can't change until she see's that it's not out there, it's in her heart that will make her see the beauty that she is...There are so many things out there to help her, and I don't think she has found the right one.

2767 days ago
205.

Linda DiP    

I have never seen any young woman treat people they way she did on that show she and Paris H. were on.She was mean and nasty and hurt pooples feelings ands she didnt even care.
Now she is in trouble again WHY>>>>Because not any Judges hold
her to the same rules and laws that we must abide.
If any of us did those same we would get lots and lots of jail time!
I know everyone with can see that if she would have stayed on that road going the wrong way another second she could have killed a whole lot of people in a chain reaction or a family with a car full of little children! She will keep on doing stuff like this till these judes do their job and stop taking money to look the other way!
I am afraide that she has been so spoiled for so long that the drugs may stop but , her whole atadude of a nasty person will remain!
GIVE HER THE LIMIT I SAY JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN!

2767 days ago
206.

Kim    

For those commenting on the french fries & vodka please reread the article. That was her PRIOR arrest not this one...get your story straight before making such rude comments. This girl is in serious trouble with her addictions. She needs medical help as well as an intervention from her true friends and family. If you look a few years back when she was with Adam, she was looking healthy and cleaning up her act. I think maybe she needs to do some soul searching & decide if the current company she is keeping is really good for her health & well being. Don't be so hard to judge for one day it just might be you.

2767 days ago
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Brit_ney Rulez    

Sweet Lord, will some of you READ the whole article before you post a comment? She probably drove a Toyota back in 2002 when she was arrested -- they weren't referring to what she drives now. And she said she had one shot of vodka during her 2002 arrest, not the recent one.

2767 days ago
208.

CherFan    

eww. nicole richie is a loserrrr.

2767 days ago
209.

Shelley    

When your rich anything goes..........that girl will see no jail time.

2767 days ago
210.

John    

Okay, before you comment reread the article and make sure you understand it. When she got busted for drunk driving in 2002 she was driving the Toyota and claimed to have eaten nothing but french fries all day and had a shot of vodka when she failed the breathilizer test twice. They did not say what car she was driving this time and she claimed to have taken some vicidon and smoked marijuana, not drinking, and she passed a breathilizer test time proving she was not drunk. No mention was made of what she had eaten that day.

That being said, I agree that she should do jail time (even if it is only the mandatory 5 days) and she needs to attend more than just an alcohol education program, she needs to attend drug rehab and also a clinic for people with eating disorders. She's a prime example of having too much too fast in Hollyweird and how it ruins the lives of these young people. Instead of putting them on a pedestal to be worshipped by the young people who want to be like that, they need to make an example of them and show what happens when you break the law regardless of your fame and financial means.

2767 days ago
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