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'Iron Chef' Cat Cora

Strikes Plea Deal

In DUI Case

8/17/2012 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"Iron Chef" and Food Network star Cat Cora won't be going to jail for DUI -- as long as she behaves herself -- because TMZ has learned, she just struck a sweet plea deal with prosecutors.

A rep for the Santa Barbara County District Attorney tells TMZ, Cat pled "no contest" today to driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, stemming from her June arrest. The remaining DUI count was dropped.

Cora was sentenced to 3 years probation and 9 months of DUI school. She paid $2,386 in fines.

Cora also received a 120-day suspended jail sentence -- but she won't spend a day behind bars ... as long as she fulfills her probation and DUI school obligations.

Cora was arrested for DUI on June 17th in Santa Barbara. According to police, she admitted to drinking 3 beers and later blew a .19 on a breathalyzer ... more than twice the legal limit in California.

Cat later apologized for the arrest, saying, “I deeply regret my decision to drive that evening after my designated driver became unavailable."

Just moments after the crash, the other driver began videotaping her. Cat angrily responded by calling the driver and his passenger "nerds" with no life. TMZ posted the footage.

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We're told Cat has since paid all restitution to the other driver.

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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Looks like the NERDS failed again in the courtroom.

712 days ago
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Darius    

The prosecutors shouldn't have cut her a deal! What she needs is a change in her lifestyle. else, the next time we hear something about her would be she died from a car accident or drug overdose or she will be hauled off to jail for manslaughter.

712 days ago
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Rhubino    

Who DOESN'T get a sweet deal in Cali, even when they're obviously BS-ing? Three beers? BS. "My designated driver became unavailable"? BS. I'm really curious as to what a celeb would have to do to NOT get a sweet deal.

712 days ago
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static    

I wish they had tasered her.

712 days ago
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Straight Talkin Texan    

I wonder if she called the judge a nerd... Somehow I doubt it.

712 days ago
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DaveT    

Pretty woman, natural beauty

712 days ago
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Joe    

That's what happens when you lick the *****.

712 days ago
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tucker    

Lemme guess, community service of cooking dinner for the Judge???

712 days ago
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Max    

Holier than thou cow. Blows a .19 and she gets probation? Oh yeah, she's rich.

712 days ago
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Star Whacker    

Here's my sentence...put her in a skillet, add some brandy, strike a match, and flambe her. Stupid drunk driver. No sympathy here.

712 days ago
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O_o    

on a completely unrelated, superficial note - she looks like the type of chick who would bang ur husband if u turn ur back on her for too long.

712 days ago
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verlinda    

There are only 2 Lesbians that I love...Cat and Ellen.. Good job Cat now keep your nose clean

712 days ago
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DocRoc    

Something has GOTTA be BS here. At .19 BAC you are WAY past trashed. U could take 3 beers instantly intravenously and come nowhere near that level. In Arizona, BAC of .14 is a felony. She got a SWEET deal...

712 days ago
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ryan    

I have no clue who this chick is but she sure looks hot in her mug shot.

712 days ago
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