Paris Hilton was arrested early Thursday morning (September 7) in Los Angeles for investigation of driving under the influence.
According to Officer Robert Andreno of the Los Angeles Police Department, the singer/hotel heiress was arrested at around 12:30 a.m. in Hollywood. “The officers observed that she exhibited the symptoms of intoxication,” he said. “The vehicle was driving erratically and they conducted a field sobriety test at the scene and the officers determined she was driving under the influence.”
Hilton, 25, who was reportedly traveling with friend Kimberley Stewart — daughter of classic rocker Rod Stewart — was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor DUI and released. The Los Angeles city attorney’s office will decide whether to file misdemeanor charges, The Associated Press reported. City attorney spokesperson Nick Velasquez said Hilton will likely be arraigned September 28 if she is charged. If convicted, she could receive a six-month jail sentence and be ordered to pay a $1,000 fine. As a first-time offender, however, Hilton’s penalty is more likely to be a fine, probation and license suspension along with court-ordered community service and alcohol rehabilitation.
The AP reported that Hilton’s spokesperson, Elliot Mintz, confirmed her arrest and said police detected the minimum blood-alcohol level to warrant an arrest for driving under the influence; an LAPD spokesperson confirmed that the results of Hilton’s sobriety test were .08 percent blood alcohol content, the minimum for a DUI charge in California. After being booked and released on her own recognizance around 2 a.m., Hilton was greeted by a group that included her sister, Nicky Hilton, Nicky’s boyfriend, “Entourage” star Kevin Connolly, and Mintz, the AP reported.
Mintz told the AP that Hilton is “absolutely fine,” and said that at the time of her arrest, she was driving home from a charity event where she had one drink, a margarita, after spending the entire day shooting a music video for the next single from her recently released debut album.
The DUI was “probably the result of an empty stomach and working all day and being fatigued,” Mintz said.
Hilton called in to Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM radio show Thursday, and described the incident as “nothing.”
“Everything I do is blown out of proportion and it really hurts my feelings,” Hilton said, denying that she was driving recklessly. “So maybe I was speeding a little bit and I got pulled over. … I was just really hungry and wanted an In-And-Out Burger.”
[This story was originally published at 7:38 am ET on 09.07.2006]