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'Burn Notice' Star Convicted of Reckless Driving

2/2/2011 11:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"Burn Notice" star Jeffrey Donovan caught a huge break in his DUI case recently -- after the actor cut a deal with Miami prosecutors to plead down to a lesser charge ... reckless driving.

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As TMZ first reported, Donovan was arrested for DUI in 2009 after almost crashing into a cop car -- and then telling the officer, "The only mistake I made tonight was drinking Benadryl with 3 glasses of wine."

According to court documents filed in Miami -- where the incident took place -- Jeffrey was sentenced to 6 months probation and ordered to pay more than a thousand bucks in fines and other charges.

Not bad, considering JD faced 6 months behind bars if convicted for DUI.

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sav    

This no-name hit a fuggin cop car, admitted he was drinking and STILL didn't have to serve time? WTF?? This is what is wrong with 'the system'. Bull$#!t

1177 days ago
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Sir Boo    

Who cares. Never heard of him.

1177 days ago
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L    

Jeffrey Donovan co-stars with Bruce Campbell on Burn Notice on USA. Duh!

1177 days ago
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L    

First time offenders don't serve time.

1177 days ago
5.

L    

Burn Notice fans care.

1177 days ago
6.

web    

Season 6 of Burn Notice premiering Summer 2011.

1177 days ago
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stu    

2 yr's later! wow lots of drunks taking up valuable time.
memo self: don't DUI in LA.

1177 days ago
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Rachel Rothechild    

Why are all these so called stars getting in cars and driving drunk whee are their handlers?

1177 days ago
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midwest gal    

Sir Boo

He has a big hit show, Burn Notice. Watch it sometime. You might become a fan.

1177 days ago
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THIN LIZZY    

Yeah buddy Burn Notice rules. I wanna bang Gabrielle Anwar.

1177 days ago
11.

OooooNooo!    

This guy is a light weight. There were no hookers/porn stars in the car. Geez, 14-year old kids get high on Benadryl. Grow up and do some blow like Charlie!

1177 days ago
12.

Mike    

Here's another USA ASK A SPY tip from Michael Westin:

"Beating a DUI charge is all about negotiation. Prosecutors are often overworked, underpaid, and have a caseload about a mile high. Offering to plead down to a lesser offense shows them that you're both repentent and willing to cooperate to make their jobs a whole lot easier. It save the courts time and money and at the end of the day, both sides can call it a victory."

1176 days ago
13.

Mrs. Mathers    

hahhahaha Mike! I love him n I love burn notice :)

1176 days ago
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4 REA:LZ    

MMM SO SEXY

1176 days ago
15.

Ooops    

When you're spy, you need to know how to mix chemicals. From explosives to poisons, you need to know what will safely combine with other compounds. Otherwise things can get pretty messy. If you want to cause your enemy to crash into a cop car, simply put add a bit of benadryl to a few glasses of wine...

1176 days ago
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