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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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91.

Malteselover    

I think Nicole just needs some serious rehab not jail time. put her somewhere where she can't leave till she's cured!!

2806 days ago
92.

rogue trader    

Wow! In 4 years she goes from driving a Toyota Corolla to a Mercedes Benz G-Wagen. The "Simple Life" must have paid off well!!!!

2806 days ago
93.

arthur meincke    

She's a nobody. Another part of the lost generation and a schmuck to top it off.
Let her sit in jail for awhile.

2806 days ago
94.

LB    

People, can't you read. The toyota, the french fries, the speed bumps and vodka were part of her 2002 arrest. She wasn't drinking 1 shot of vodka, smoking weed, popping vicodin and driving the wrong way down the freeway over speed bumps. SInce when do freeways have speedbumps? Before you comment, make sure you get all the facts straight.

That said: She's a menace and if they don't enforce jail time, there's no consequences for her. Next time, she just might kill somebody.

2806 days ago
95.

stone    

If I have to go to jail or have my license taken, then so should everybody else!!

2806 days ago
96.

VDIVA    

She will get community service, and ordered into rehab, random drug testing for up to a year once getting out of rehab. It seems like a cry for help, and now, she will get all the help that she don't want. But truley needs.

This makes for a good Reality TV episode, for Nicole.

2806 days ago
97.

Malissa    

I wouldn't be surprised at all if she doesn't get jail time this time. They have to prove that she was actually under the influence and technically incapable of driving. And no one has reported at what point she had taken the vicoden or pot before she got in her car. It could have been way earlier in the evening. Look at her mugshot...she doesn't look stoned at all. Yes she went the wrong way on a ramp, but anyone sober can do that. It will probably be difficult to make a case. However, I'd be more surprised if some of you people actually got your facts straight. The toyota, vodka and fries, not to mention the to failed sobriety tests were from 2002. The weed and vicoden were taken THIS WEEK and had nothing to do with the other. Jeeze. I have no love for Nicole and think she probably needs to gain some focus, but seeing how some people can screw up the facts so quickly- I'm not totally going to condem her either.

2806 days ago
98.

duh...totally !    

who cares if it was in 2002 ! The point IS.....she obviously gets behind the wheel after drinking OR drugs way more than she has been CAUGHT doing !

DUH !

SHE NEEDS to get help whether it's re-hab or Jail or whatever...OR she will CONTINUE her worthless, pathetic behavior !

Look at her...she's 85 lbs for Gods sake ! WTF ??? and now is sloppy seconds to Hilary Duff ????

LOSERS !

Man, Young Hollywood all swap fluids more than Jenna Jameson !

2806 days ago
99.

Karrie    

Us poor people ( that work for a living ) have to have a designated driver or call a cab - I guess money doesn't make you smart - to bad she doesn't have any smart friends either. Grow -Up get a driver or learn to call a taxi - how stupid -driving drunk

2806 days ago
100.

mom    

Time for rehab, Daddy. Honestly. It is past time

2806 days ago
101.

Herb chober    

This ...look at me.... shove it in your face..... I've got money............I can do anything.........ARROGANCE has got to stop. She needs JAIL TIME.. REAL TIME.. LIKE ONE YEAR and pull the license for a year. And don't let her bring in her own food. That would be a mockery of our justice system.. I just hope and prey that there is a judge that can stand the affluent heat and rule according to the seriousness of her actions. At this juncture, let's all band together and WATCH WHAT THE JUDGE DOES!

2806 days ago
102.

ZEE    

SHE NEEDS 2 MAN-UP AND TAKE IT LIKE A GROWN-UP--- MARTHA STEWART TOOK IT LIKE A TROOPER.... AND HER ISSUE WASN'T THAT SERIOUS...I CONSIDER THIS VERY, VERY SERIOUS. IF THE GLOVE FITS, THE GLOVE FITS! GUILTY OR GET NO RESPECT FROM US!!!!!!!

2806 days ago
103.

Michael    

As I recall, one of the big 10 state, Thou shalt not steal. I realize that she was not even born yet in 1981, but that doesn't matter since kinship is an issue in this world. Nicole, ask your dad about where and from whom he obtained his music of the 1980's. There is a possibility that he really doesn't know but that doesn't matter. Things like this happen when you don't earn what you make and, at the same time, subject another to second-class citizenry at the same time. Self-love or not, it is time to suffer the consequences for all involved. What is right, is right. What is wrong is wrong. That is why they are called the big 10.

2806 days ago
104.

Phillip Dority    

Only person who can help Nicole is Nicole. I pray for her.

2806 days ago
105.

ejones    

You guys need to read again she was driving a toyota and arrested with heroine the first time.

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