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Chris Klein's DUI -- Jail Time On the Line

6/16/2010 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chris Klein could be headed to the slammer in the wake of this morning's DUI arrest -- all because the "American Pie" star has a history of driving drunk.

Chris Klein

Klein was arrested and convicted of DUI back in 2004 -- and because of that prior arrest, California law requires that he serve a minimum 4 days in jail if he's convicted of DUI again.

But that's not all -- there's a new law going into effect in July -- which would apply to Klein if he's found guilty after that date  -- that requires multiple DUI offenders to have an "ignition interlock system" installed in their vehicle if they wish to drive.

The system is essentially a breathalyzer test that's synced up to the car -- and if he ain't sober, the car won't start.

TMZ has also learned Klein wasn't alone when he was popped early this morning -- there was a dog in his car that a friend retrieved after he was busted.


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flip[wilson    

Yah...the IIA system is really effective...have one installed in your car...then drive another car...duh.

1527 days ago
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flip[wilson    

The dog was Mena Suvari.

1527 days ago
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gypsylatinafla/commentssense    

Poor guy , Katie left him for weird*ss Tom Cruise? well, that was her dream come true AND now's she's screwed, sorta, hope all that $ makes u happy Katie, 'Cuz she looks misrable next 2 Mr. Cruise nowadays. - yeah brainwashed? (Scientology seems more like a cult than a religion.)

1527 days ago
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Carl    

Seems he has kind of fallen apart since he got dumped by Katie.

1527 days ago
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me not you    

I really wish TMZ would knock it off with the "slammer" business. They say that EVERY single time a celebretard is busted in LA for DUI and if we've learned from Lindsay Lohan and the LA "justice" system, it's that there is no such thing as justice if you are famous and can buy your way out of jail. Jail time in LA is equivalent to one missed acupuncture appointment.

1527 days ago
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monroe    

jail time aint shhh! especially 4 days, only end up doing 1-2 days if any. all he gotta do is:
1. flip it
2. stick it
3. and cya later bye!

1527 days ago
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CGS    

What an idiot.

1527 days ago
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Lynn    

Surri Cursie's real daddy

1527 days ago
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kathy    

Harvey,,
1 question. Why do lawmakers feel like they should keep track of drunks with a SCRAM and not all the sex offenders. Authorities are doing a poor job tracking child rapers.

1527 days ago
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Laura    

Anyone driving that drunk should go to jail, Is he going to face charges against him for endangering the dog's well-being as well? I like him as an actor but I HATE DRUNK DRIVERS!!!!!!

1527 days ago
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thatguysfamily    


This story reminds me of how my family member (pro soccer player) killed another innocent person because of his terrible decision to drink and drive. He is now serving time in prison and is sharing his story to prevent other tragedies from occurring. Search for the Matt Maher Story or go to www.themattmaherstory.com

1527 days ago
12.

YOU LOSERS    

Four days. Big deal. This is why we have repeat offenders.

1527 days ago
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MarcB    

Sucks for Klein. He is one of the few people that is still cool and didn't forget his Mid-Western roots after getting a few acting jobs. He should have been nominated for an academy award for "Just Friends."



Get it together, Chris! You could have killed somebody last night!

1527 days ago
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pammie8    

He should go to jail like every CELEB and anyone else who has a dui and none of this put on probation for 3 years horse ****!

1527 days ago
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sPaNkDeNALgAs    

He must still be sulking over Katie Holmes.............
I'm surprised that California is barely catching up with this ignition interlock system. Its quite popular here is in our state.

1527 days ago
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