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Ty Pleads No Contest

5/25/2007 1:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ty PenningtonHottie handyman Ty Pennington pleaded no contest today to charges of drunk driving, stemming from his arrest on May 5.

Police arrested the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" star in Venice, Calif. just after midnight on the 5th. A source told TMZ that Pennington had a blood alcohol level that was nearly twice the legal limit.

In a statement, Ty told TMZ "I'm happy to bring closure to my recent court proceedings. Drinking and driving is never acceptable. I have pleaded no contest and will abide by the court's ruling. I hope this experience can help others as much as it has helped me."

Pennington was sentenced to three years probation and ordered to pay a $390 fine. Ty must also complete three months of a County-supervised alcohol education program and participate in a MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) victim's impact seminar.

Ty had initially been charged with two counts of DUI. After this plea, the second charge was dropped.

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West Coastian    

It's nice to see someone taking responsibility for their actions. No pouts, no tears, no bible.

2521 days ago
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Juniper    

He needs AA!!!!!!!!!

2521 days ago
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U.S.C.    

Why plead "No Contest" instead of "Guilty". He's not taking responsibility. You only plead "No Contest" when there is a chance that someone can sue you. No other vehicle was involved in this incident.

2521 days ago
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Joe    

Did he get any jail time or probation???

2521 days ago
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carmen villarreal    

I love you Ty. It's so nice to see a high-profile person step up and take responsibility with no excuses. You never should have done what you did but you're doing exactly the right thing now.

2521 days ago
6.

ugh    

What a difference this story is. Ty is mature and more then willing to take responsibility for his lack of judgement unlike the immature Paris who continues to try and make a joke of what she has done by attempting to make her and her situation seem like something other then it really is.

2521 days ago
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Lisa    

The second count is ALWAYS dropped; they are charged in the alternative. It's not like he received any special deal....

2521 days ago
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Debra    

Any time I would watch Ty...I would do a double take because his forehead is so lined...I thought I was watching Star Trek...I have one word for him.
Change your drug of choice to BOTOX.

2521 days ago
9.

zzz    

#5, you got it exactly right. Couldn't agree more.

2521 days ago
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me    

Ty is still a wonderful guy .How many people have driving drunk but with little luck didn't get caught. He has admitted to a mistake and has taking responsibility

2521 days ago
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Lost in HMB    

Does he have his license suspended or limited? I agree why not be a man and admit what he did by pleading guilty....sure he is a nice guy but that does not change the fact he drove drunk.....didn't he do a makeover for a Family that had lost a parent(s) killed by a drunk driver?

2521 days ago
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JustMy2Cents    

Such class. Paris could learn something from Ty!

2521 days ago
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johnnyb2010    

You can just look at this guy,and tell he is a hard drinker.Having a father who is a alcoholic this has changed nothing.He has most likely driven drunk before,and will do it again.The only difference is that he got caught this time.

2521 days ago
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Topeka    

I don't think it matters whether he pleaded no contest or guilty. In this legal savvy society that we live in, everyone knows that "no contest" means he did it. Take a lesson Paris - see all the trouble that could have been avoided? As for the negative comments about Ty; all I can say is "those who live in glass houses..."

2521 days ago
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Topeka    

I don't think it matters whether he pleaded no contest or guilty. In this legal savvy society that we live in, everyone knows that "no contest" means he did it. Take a lesson Paris - see all the trouble that could have been avoided? As for the negative comments about Ty; all I can say is "those who live in glass houses..."

2521 days ago
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