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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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Hey #2 michelle you moron. How could she be driving a 2005 mercedes in 2002? did you ever think of reading?

2872 days ago


Seems that Nicole's so malnurished that it's eating away at the only part of her body that has something enough to eat at, HER BRAIN! And to help it along to a more profound stupidity, drugs and hard liquor! 85lbs, death's gonna be knockin alot sooner than intended. Yippikiyea, what a life wasted! For the stunt driving the wrong way, she needs to be locked up for longer than 5 days. She could of killed a people. I have seen crashes caused by stupidity that have killed families, babies and small children which never gave them the chance to live life. One family a while back was hit by a drunk driver close to where I lived, driving the totaled car was a 7 month pregnant woman, her husband in the passenger seat, two 3 year old twins in the back seat and a 8 year old, the woman lost her kids, later losing her husband and then giving premature birth to a baby that later died. I don't care if a person is a celebrity, rich or whatever, they should have to spend more than 5 days in jail for driving drunk or wrecklessly. And just because someone has alot going on, doesn't give them the right to get off easier. For example, the drunk that was driving and killed that family pleeded insanity because he had lost his wife 5 or 6 months before and it caused him to drink his life away so he could forget the lonliness, only he caused a woman to lose her whole family in an instant just cause Mr. Lonely was depressed. Nicole could of killed someone that day, even herself whcih she's already doing by starving herself away to nothing.I don't hate her, but I certainly don't feel sorry for her. Girl needs to get knocked some sence before anything else happens. Not trying to be political here, but it's up to all of us to fight for a harsher sentence for those who get busted for DUI. It could save some lifes. Think of it this way, it could happen to you or your family. Is it worth letting this get brushed off?

2872 days ago


people are talking about lionel not doing anything but who really knows what he goes through with her??? certainly none of us that are commenting here......i did however notice in the article she used to drive a TOYOTA COROLLA???!!!!!! not exactly the car a rich "proud parent" would buy their kid......i had friends in school who had their cute little cars taken away and were forced to drive a klunker as a form of punishment. im just sayin----- TOYOTA COROLLA???? WITH THEIR MONEY???? who knows.
i do know u cant help someone who doesnt want the help nor can you force anyone to do something they dont want to do........ i wish her the best as far as recovery though!

2872 days ago

go away    

did u retards not read the entire story? she was not driving in a toyota corolla this time around... this time in the year 2006. but if u had opened ur eyes enough to read... it said that her first dui... which it stated clearly was way back in 2002, was the dui in which the walking stick Nicole drove the toyota corolla in question. the 2005 model of her g-wagon wasn't even for sale in the year 2002. especially considering it's a 2005 model and it likely wasn't even made in the factory till at least mid-2004... which is basically 2 years after the walking stick's first dui.
ya'll are a bunch of retardeds who need to relearn how to read!!!!!!!!!!

2872 days ago

On The Side Lines    

I don't think there is a precedence on suing the judge for indirectly causing harm, but I would try to make it happen. It should be obvious to the judge that she is a danger to herself and others, so allowing her to remain unpunished, and she were to hurt someone should be on her head and the judge's.

To respond to another post, while I agree she and her friends should be in rehab, you can force it on them and it won't do any good. The saying " you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink" comes to mind. Until she is ready to admit she has a problem and is willing to get help, there is nothing anyone else can do to force the issue with success.

2872 days ago


My first reactions is "why doesn't Lionel Ritchie do something?" My second reaction is "what's he gonna do...ground her?" I guess it all should have been done before. She has no clue that her lifestyle is irresponsible and useless so why would this matter to her. it's just a "a little inconvienence." No, there will be no jail....probably a fine, a rehab stint and that winds it up folks.

2872 days ago

Coward k Stern hater    

She has done no more then our own presidents daughters why should punishment be any different?

2872 days ago


haha....somethin real juicy for y'all to gossip over. HAVE FUN!

2872 days ago

Daniel Rosenthal    

ONLY 5 days in jail--she should get at least a year

2872 days ago

duh...totally !    

oh really ???

getting caught 2 or 3 times with drugs or admitting to taking drugs....while DRIVING ??

did this happen with George Bush's daughters ?? when ??

if so, yes, they ALL need the same damn punishment you or I would get, or our children would get.....celebs are not above the law !

2872 days ago


she's white!!!??? i thought she was the NEW race fifty-fifty, 1/2 & 1/2 or mudbaby. I haven't heard the correct name for it yet but i'm sure its coming. Anyway throw her in jail.

2872 days ago

Nicole D    

This is so ridiculous and predictable....If this were a less affluent person who wasnt living in the public eye...theyd put her in question...never mind the fact that she could have killed another driver not to mention herself...people just look the other way b/c of the fact that she has money...its disgusting really. You'd think after all the years she struggled with drugs/alcohol, shed really want to be clean and sober but apparently thats not the case...perhaps some jail time will officially straighten her out...though im sure she'll just get off..and to that other writer...gettting drugged up and getting into your car..isnt a 'little mistake'..its a deliberate and HUGE disregard for the lives of others...everyone thinks its no big deal until someone they love gets killed....

2872 days ago

Stephen Beierschmitt    

If OJ Simpson Can Get away with Murder She can get away with this. However This Just shows You on how messed up the judical System is. If it was One of Us You know we would have the Book thrown at Us.

2872 days ago


She needs a treatment center for Alcohol and Drug use. If she continues using and drinking, she will kill herself and others when she is driving. Should she go to jail? Yes. She broke the law. It's one of the prices for drinking and driving. Hopefully, she will may the choice to ask for help before it's too late.

2872 days ago


Nichole does not need jail time....She needs HELP....anyone that has a disease as hers......needs professional attention...It is up to her if she to admit that she DOES need help...I pray she will make a decision to check in to rehab. and get what she needs....It is HER choice....but, if she is smart she will admit she has a problem and wants to get clean and sober...Good Luck Nicole....

2872 days ago
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