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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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31.

Lana    

What can I say but the obvious? She makes a habit of driving around under the influence and putting other people's lives at risk. They should throw the book at this pathetic little bag of bones.

2686 days ago
32.

My two cents    

Thanks BAG! I get twisted at the thought of how many people are illiterate in this world. If some of you do not know what that means, please read below:

il·lit·er·ate
ADJECTIVE:
Unable to read and write.
Having little or no formal education.
Marked by inferiority to an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature.
Violating prescribed standards of speech or writing.
Ignorant of the fundamentals of a given art or branch of knowledge.

I would give the meaning of, "spelling", but no one could be that much of an idiot.

2686 days ago
33.

liloluver    

she will get the 5 days...

they'll make a poster child out of her.

and then she will be even more famous when she gets out.

2686 days ago
34.

Nick    

E.T. IS GOING TO JAIL!!!!

L O S E R!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2686 days ago
35.

James    

what? why is this bitch famous? she is the worst celebrity. what?!! oh, hell no! why even have her on tv or in films. she does not deserve it. she is evil and ghetto. how dare hollywood pay for her cruel behavior?

what do ya'll think?

2686 days ago
36.

Sheree    

#37 (amanda) - Does that not involve you being a loser for writing on a message board.. ?? Please put some light on this matter for me, I seem to be confused yet rather amused!!

2686 days ago
37.

Wicked    

Nick

Who's E.T.?

2686 days ago
38.

the wise old owl    

It doesn't matter what kind of car she was driving or WHAT SUBSTANCE SHE WAS IMPAIRED ON WHEN SHE WAS ARRESTED. She was " driving under the Influence " It isn't LIMITED to Alcohol. If someone takes Vicodin , Xanex, methodone.....whatever..........and drives a vehicle ............they are " under the Influence " Let get that straight . NOW.......

Her past arrest shows a " pattern" here. She isn't learning from her mistakes . She is very fortunate that " so far " ........she has only been a " harm " to herself. Thank goodness she is still under " probation. The mandatory JAIL TIME will Wake her Ass up fast !! This is a BLESSING in disguise. Maybe they can " make her eat " in the pokey . I heard the cheese sandwiches are " fattening "

Now she WILL HAVE TO GO TO an ALCOHOL education program. Where she will be required to " learn " what her actions can cause. Evidently that isn't something she absorbed in High School or the 1st semester of College she attended.

It is WONDERFUL news that her " drivers license " will be taken away for a year. Now she can hire a " driver " like she should have done in the 1st place. WHEW!! I feel safer already . At least she didn't kill anybody. Rehab and little jail time will give her a lot of time to " reflect " on her actions.

2686 days ago
39.

Wicked    

What is wrong with you psycho's?

2686 days ago
40.

rob    

i like nicole ritchie, alot better than those skanks like ho hilton and brittany queers. She alittle skinny, but i like her. i hope she does no time. if those 2 whores can get away with thier sh*t, then i think they should let her go. Besides she wasnt under the influence of alchol, which does more damage than pot or pain pills. What she need s is a crash course in driving skills, but then again so do half the people on the road.Good luck nicole, i hope u make it through this ok. You will

2686 days ago
41.

WHAT IS THE RUSH    

WHEN I FIRST HEARD THE STORY ON THE NEWS, I SAID BEFORE I HEARD IT, I BET SHE WAS ALSO ON A CELL PHONE, BAM THEN THE NEWS SAID SHE WAS. THEY DO NOTHING W/ OUT A CELL PHONE STUCK TO THEIR EARS. AS FOR JAIL, SEND HER TO JAIL, THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME, MAYBE THAT IS WHAT SHE NEEDS TO WAKE HER THE HECK UP. SHE COULD HAVE KILLED HERSELF, WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN BAD ENOUGH, BUT SHE COULD HAVE TAKEN SOMEONES ELSES FAMILY MEMBER WITH HER. IT IS TIME TO TUFFIN UP ON THE HOLLYWOOD CHILD BRAT PACK. ENOUGH! YOU PLAY YOU PAY, SHE KNEW TO TELL THE POLICE WHAT SHE DID, SO WHY DID SHE NOT HAVE THE COMMON SENSE TO GO THE RIGHT WAY ON THE FREEWAY, SO NOT COOL NICOLE. I'M TIRED FEELING SORRY FOR THESE PEOPLE. I THOUGHT SHE WAS DOING BETTER AND I WAS PULLING FOR HER, NO MORE, THEY JUST DON'T GIVE A DAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2686 days ago
42.

Maxwell    

I'm disgusted by this. She's been given chance after chance. These rich people never think about consequences because they always buy their way out of things. How many times has she been in rehab? And she's popping pills and smoking pot WHILE DRIVING? Sorry, but the rehab didn't take, OK? Let's face it, now that she's anorexic, she will avoid booze (too many calories). You must be really f***ed up to drive the wrong way down the road. That bitch is lucky she's alive.

Nicole - if you want to starve yourself to death - do it. I don't care. But enough with your reckless actions that affect other people who drive the same roads you do.

Toss her boney ass in jail and hopefully she'll learn her lesson this time.

2686 days ago
43.

Wicked    

WISE OLD OWL

shut the f*** up - you longed winded battleaxe

2686 days ago
44.

F0RtUnE tElLeR    

Oh come on give her a break. Everyone screws up time to time. Look at yourselves in the mirror. None of us are perfect. Hi Oreo and Dana.

2686 days ago
45.

duh...totally !    

she is such a LIAR and LOSER !

hope she gets the maximum fine and jail time....even if it's 5 days...she needs to learn !!!!

2686 days ago
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