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Stormy Times Ahead -- Soap Star Charged with DUI!

9/18/2007 6:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Kirsten Storms, who plays Maxie Jones on "General Hospital," has been officially been charged with two counts of driving under the influence.

Storms was arrested on September 7 while driving on an L.A. freeway. A CHP officer says he saw her toss a lit cigarette out the window of her Mercedes and pulled her over. According to the police report, officers "noticed the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the vehicle." After several sobriety tests, she was arrested for DUI. Law enforcement sources tell us she blew a .13.

Kirsten will be in court to face the music on October 2.

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16.

Fred    

#6 Good question, why 2 counts.

This is probably a first offense so 43 1/2 minutes in jail will do.

2559 days ago
17.

Ms. Giant1    

Lindsey, Paris, & Nicole should be poster drunks for all of Hollywoods young blonds.. Are blonds really that dumb. She has officially made the elite club... I remember when her dad use to work on one of the local stations here in Orlando... he was great. Kids don't realize what an embarassment they could be to their parents.. Freakin drunks. They won't learn until they kill someone and then they'll want to cry but it'll be to late.. I think they should take Paris, Nicole, Lindsay, & Nick Hogan and make them do a Public Service Announcement about stupididy....

I hope she has learned her lesson

2559 days ago
18.

Heidi    

I don't know, someone who writes something like: has been officially been charged with two counts of driving under the influence, should not really be judging anyone else. I find it hard to believe the writer of this article graduated from high school.

2559 days ago
19.

Team K-Fed    

She takes it in the butt

2559 days ago
20.

namvet527    

Kirsten the next time you're drunk come over to my place.

You are so very hottt & delicious.

2559 days ago
21.

namvet527    

STORMY at least blondes know how to spell blondes LOL.

2559 days ago
22.

star    

All states should have the new law that takes effect at midnight on 9/19/2007 in Tucson, Arizona. Arizona doesn't let people get away DUI like California (stars), oh yeah, except for Diana Ross, where she got to serve a few hours outside of AZ.

This week Arizona will enact one of the toughest DUI laws in the nation.
Hardest hit are first-time violators and a new class of "superextreme" DUI offenders whose blood-alcohol concentration registers 0.20 percent or above, which is more than double the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Beginning Wednesday, new penalties include mandatory ignition-interlock devices for first-time offenders, increased fines and a minimum of 45 days in jail for superextreme DUI convictions.
The law was modeled after legislation passed in New Mexico in 2005 requiring interlock devices for all people convicted of driving under the influence. Officials there linked a 4 percent decrease in alcohol-related fatalities to interlock use in the year after the law's passage.
Although lawmakers hope for a similar result in Arizona, DUI lawyers say the higher stakes will lead to increased court caseloads and an extreme inconvenience in the lives of "superextreme" and first-time offenders.
The Arizona Motor Vehicle Division expects about 17,000 first-time drunken drivers in the coming year. They all will have to pass a breath test before getting behind the wheel.
Rep. David Schapira, D-Tempe, realizes the bill he sponsored may not win him votes in popularity, but he hopes the law will make roads safer.
Schapira, the Legislature's youngest member at 27, and his staff came up with a DUI bill earlier this year after learning about New Mexico's success. Although a victim of an alcohol-related crash in 1996, Schapira said he hadn't fully realized the problem of drunken driving in Arizona.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records show Arizona had the sixth-highest number of alcohol-related fatalities in the nation. There were 585 alcohol-related fatalities statewide in 2006, up 15 percent from 2005.
Overall, drunken driving has significantly decreased in the past 20 years, but the state has hit a plateau, said Ericka Espino, executive director for Mothers Against Drunk Driving Arizona.
"Saturation patrols certainly help, as do sobriety checkpoints, and we're thankful," Espino said. "Unfortunately, Arizona's numbers are not going down. . . . We need to figure out what's going on. We truly believe ignition interlock is the solution for us. It takes the weapon out of the hands of the drunk driver."
The law, signed by Gov. Janet Napolitano in May, made Arizona the second state to require ignition-interlock devices for first-time offenders. Louisiana and Illinois also followed suit.
Interlock devices are wired beneath the dash of a vehicle and require a clean breath sample to start the car. Most units will prevent the car from starting if a blood-alcohol content of 0.03 percent or above is detected. A person has three tries to blow a clean sample before the device shuts down and requires a technician to recalibrate it.
The harsh new stance on drunken drivers has its share of detractors.
Critics say interlock devices are expensive to maintain and provide a short-term answer to a long-term problem.
The offender pays for the device, which typically costs $100 for installation and about $80 a month to maintain. Most first-time offenders will have the device for 12 months. That cost is in addition to the more than $1,000 in fines imposed for a DUI conviction.
And studies show that while interlock devices are effective while in use, drivers tend to slip into old habits once the units are removed.
DUI defense lawyer Mark Weingart said clients have been clamoring for information on whether the new law will affect pre-existing cases. It doesn't, but Weingart warned that he expects courts to see a spike in the number of DUI cases that are challenged.
Under the new law, the sentence for a first-time conviction of superextreme DUI nets at least 45 days in jail, and a judge is prohibited from suspending any part of the jail time. Previously, a judge could suspend most of the sentence upon completion of a court-sponsored drug or alcohol program.
"Now I think defense lawyers are going to have to learn to exploit all of the potential for error there is in blood or breath testing," Weingart said. "We're talking about a situation here where if somebody has a blood test of .1999, you have 10 days in jail. If it's one-thousandth of a point higher, it's 45 days.
"I think people are going to have to fight these DUIs harder than ever before."
In New Mexico, that's exactly what happened.

2559 days ago
23.

SGA    

Guess when everyone else has a DUI she thinks she can too. You think people'd learn.

2559 days ago
24.

rg    

never heard of her lol- but in LA they pull you over for flicking a cig?? strange place..most polluted city in the country , whats another butt?

2559 days ago
25.

L.S    

# 20 MR you freak who the hell is gonna read that....

2559 days ago
26.

L.S    

Wow bummer hope she doesn't do to much time she plays the best slut on gh

2559 days ago
27.

P-Type    

She is seriously overplucked!!!!! Look -at her arch- She' s missing a chunk of brow!!!!!

2559 days ago
28.

Vegas Terri    

To #6 and #15 ... if you look at the actual misdemeanor complaint, Count 1 states, "It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle"; Count 2: "It is unlawful for any person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle." Both apparently are in violation of California's Vehicle Code.

In my opinion, though, differentiating between these two offenses is like splitting already-split hairs but, hey, I didn't make the laws!

2559 days ago
29.

FlBiker    

She's a babe, I'd like to go drinking with her ;)

2559 days ago
30.

becca_001    

loved her on days of our lives
oh well.

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