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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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the wise old owl    

POST # 75 : I am so sorry for your loss. My husband lost his mother by tragic twist of fate when he was only 9 yrs. od. . Be thankful that you had her as long as you did. Some children have mothers who abandon them as infants. As hard as it is.....TRY to look at your " blessings' instead of the " things you don't have " That way you will always feel ' FORTUNATE !!. Happy Holidays and God BLess.

2834 days ago

My two cents    

Kikoke- Hello back to you. Yes, Nicole needs a severe punishment for this. Thank GOD no one was hurt. I can only hope this is the wake up call. Not sure however based on the fact that she has done this so many times. The sad thing about it is that she is such a TALENT. So beautiful and so funny. As a parent of children her age, it is heartbreaking to see her do all of this. I believe her father has tried to intervene and I think even he is at a loss as to what to do anymore. As for the other young starlets, I cannot believe the parenting given to them. Lindsay Lohan for example has had horrible role model parents. Her father in jail and her mother riding on Lindsays coat tails out partying like a teenager herself. This young lady is on a crash course and mutters the most stupid interviews. "I haven't had a drink in 7 days, but why would I? I am not legal to drink". I could have busted a gut on that one. She had to be high in that interview or the drugs has severely messed up her brain. Paris Hilton in my book is nothing BUT a loser. She is spiteful and mean and has her head up her butt. If she were my child, I would dis-own her...plain and simple. Her parents did her no justice either. As for the latest train wreak, Britney Spears, I am just mortified by her latest antics. I think Momma Lynn needs to bitch slap her or something. Not sure why these "teens" are allowed admittance into clubs like Hyde and are allowed to consume liquor in these establishments. What is going on in Hollywood? Where are the police to issue the citations and close these places down? It happens every where else...but not at these "hot" clubs. Maybe the city is getting a rather large kickback for thier silence?? One would have to think yes! Someone needs to do an undercover at one of these hotspots and get the goods on what is going on in them and then someone needs to put them out of business. My two cents.......

2834 days ago


If this girl even lives for 5 more days it will be a miracle. She only weighs 85 lbs., seems to me that would be cause for her to need intervention. I would think they would admit her to the hospital ASAP. I really like Lionel Richie (her father) and he needs to have her committed if that's the only way to save her life.

2834 days ago

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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 in office we've elected twice 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 a 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...

Posted at 12:56AM on Dec 14th 2006 by Ricardo Lee W.


2834 days ago


Who in the world is Nicole Richie? And, who cares of she is rich - if she is driving drunk she needs to pay her dues and that's just the way it SHOULD be. Let her get away with it and some day it might be a child or you who gets killed by her driving while under the influence - enough said.

2834 days ago

Hello Kitty    

She should have never made up with Paris Hilton.

2834 days ago


Hooray!!! You guys obviously take comfort from the fact even though you're a trailer trash or working paycheck to paycheck, at least you're not a junkie, right? Hahaha lowsers.

2834 days ago


I have addressed her DUI issue already in another post...but I wanted to take the time to address Nicole's claim that she takes Vicodin to treat monthly cramps.

Calcium deficiencies...and other vitamin deficiencies can result in causing women to have horrible menstrual related cramping problems...That, and bad eating, ala junk food and drinking sodas, (even the diet ones)...which rob the body of large amounts of calcium due to the carbonation.

Hope this info helps Nicole and other ladies dealing with bad monthly cramping. You don't need need to cut back on junk food, eat right...and take your vitamins. Nicole's obvious artificial under weight issues aren't helping either!!! I hope someone passes this information on to her...and of course, anyone else who needs the info!!!

2833 days ago


i think some of you arent reading the article correctly. They are talking about 3 different incidents, this last deal she was in a mercedes suv, and didnt show any proof of any alcohol. The toyota incident involved the shot of vodka, blowing the red light, and 50 mph over speed bump.

2833 days ago



2833 days ago


She is not even supposed to be in the front seat...she weighs less than 100 pounds..the air bag could kill her. She needs help, but she also needs to do jail time. She could of killed another driver on that freeway.

2833 days ago

On The Side Lines    

O.K., I've been reading these posts here on TMZ for a few days now, and this one, with the ignorant people whom can not read, has me posting.

First of all, there are 2 separate incidences they are writing about. The first was 4 years ago, when she was driving the Toyota, and she blew a .12 and .13 on the sobriety test. She was drinking alcohol at the time.

The second was recently, and while she did not fail the breathalyzer, she admitted to smoking pot and taking vicodin ( a prescription drug).

It is because of the first offense that she may receive jail time for the second.
Please, I beg you, read the article first before commenting.

Now, I believe that she should do the jail time for this incident, and I believe she will be forced to do it as another example to us and the celebrity community whom have been doing what they want unchecked for a while now. However, I don't believe she will freak out over it or anything like that. I believe she will believe it is cool to have been in jail, and will probably make for good conversation for her and her friends when they go out partying again. In fact, I bet they all go out partying the day she gets out to celebrate her release. She will not learn anything from this incident. The only way she will straighten up is if SHE wants to straighten up. Her dad and anyone else won't matter. Unfortunately, she isn't going to learn and will probably end up seriously hurting herself or someone else before she wakes up.

As for the blog-haters, I can't quite grasp why you are talking crap when you are in actuality commenting on what other people are writing, and therefore are hating on yourself. Interesting what ignorance will bring out. Well, I had a nice laugh at your expense, anyway.

2833 days ago


can you people not read? In 2002 she had the vodka and was driving a toyota...not THIS recent incident. Reading Comprehension...they teach you that in SCHOOL......

2833 days ago

duh...totally !    

other HOT news......

Joe Francis lost 1.6 million and may have community service for having 2 underage girls on his disgusting videos......

talk about a LOSER.....the Judge even pointed out how ridiculous and predator like those videos are..."filming young girls on Spring Break after many drinks...."

2833 days ago

duh...totally !    

omg ! Laurie...Good point !

An airbag on her tiny, bony frame would kill her or do some major damage.....

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