Top 10 Celebrity DUI Arrests of 2007
By: Chris Kramer
During 2007 there was a bumper crop of celebrity DUI stories. Some were tragic, while others were simply ridiculous. A few celebrities found themselves behind bars for a DUI, some headed straight to rehab and others will sort out their DUI arrest issues in the new year.
With the year quickly coming to a close, it's time to count down our top 10 celebrity DUI stories of 2007. Enjoy, take comfort and be pleased that you did not make it on this top 10 list of celebrity DUIs.
10. Gary Collins Pleads Guilty to DUI after Fatal Accident
Actor Gary Collins, 69, has probably seen better days. He's almost off the map as a celebrity, but when he was arrested for DUI on October 23, 2007 in Sherman Oaks, California with a reported blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit, he was thrust back into the spotlight. Collins reportedly crashed his vehicle into a car driven by an 80 year old man. The man later died from the injuries he sustained in the accident. Collins was found not to be at fault in the wreck and will not face vehicular manslaughter charges, but he did plead guilty to DUI and was sentenced to 4 days in jail and 4 years of probation. He also was ordered to pay a $500 fine, perform 100 hours of community service, enroll in an 18-month alcohol education course and attend 26 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
9. Rebecca De Mornay Arrested for DUI
On October 30, 2007, actress Rebecca De Mornay of "Risky Business" fame allegedly indulged in a little risky business of her own. She was pulled over by police in Beverly Hills, California for a minor traffic violation and the officer smelled alcohol on her breath. She allegedly failed several field sobriety tests and was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI. She reportedly registered a .09 BAC just over the legal limit on a breath test.
8. Mickey Rourke Arrested for DUI on a Scooter
In the early morning hours of November 8, 2007, actor Mickey Rourke who is probably best known for his role in the "9 1/2 Weeks" movie with Kim Basinger, was arrested on suspicion of DUI after leaving a nightclub in Miami on a Vespa scooter. Rourke reportedly failed a field sobriety test and registered a .081 BAC on his initial breath test. A later test on a different breath test machine showed Rourke had a BAC of .074. The DUI charge against Rourke may be dismissed because the Miami Beach police department says that the Breathalyzer machine malfunctioned during Rourke's first breath test and his second test registered below the legal BAC limit. His driver's license has already been reinstated.
7. Kirsten Storms Arrested for DUI after Littering Stop
Soap actress and Disney voice artist Kirsten Storms of "General Hospital" was arrested for DUI on September 7 in Studio City, California. Storms was pulled over by the police after they saw her littering the highway when she flicked a lit cigarette out of her car window. Police smelled alcohol on Storms's breath and asked her to complete several field sobriety tests, which she reportedly failed. She was then placed under arrest for DUI. On November 7, Storms pleaded no contest to DUI and was sentenced to three years probation and will be required to attend 12 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Her driver's license was suspended for 6 months and she was fined $1,643. She will also be required to participate in a 90-day alcohol education program.
6. Michelle Rodriguez Arrested for DUI Again...and Again...
Former "Lost" star, Michelle Rodriguez, spent Christmas in jail this year for violating her probation in her DUI case. Rodriquez checked into Los Angeles women's detention center at Lynwood on December 23 to begin serving her 180-day jail sentence. The actress has a long history of DUI arrests and probation violations dating back to two incidents in 2003 when she was charged with hit-and-run, DUI and driving under a suspended license. She pleaded no contest to those charges and was ordered to complete 30 days of community service and was put on probation for 3 years. She was arrested for DUI again in Hawaii in 2005 and was sentenced to 60 days in jail.
However, Rodriguez used the revolving door at the jail and served less than a day because of overcrowding at the jail. Her probation was extended and she was ordered to be monitored for alcohol use and complete her previously ordered community service requirement. Rodriguez told the court that she had completed her community service on September 25, but there was evidence suggesting that she had not. She also allegedly consumed alcohol on three occasions while wearing the alcohol monitoring device. In October the judge ordered her to report to jail on Christmas Eve to serve 6 months behind bars and specified that Rodriguez will not be eligible for early release and must serve all of her sentence. While Rodriguez was not arrested for DUI during 2007, her consumption of alcohol did land her in jail in connection with her DUI arrest, and therefore she makes our top ten celebrity DUI list for 2007. Given her history, watch this space next year for more DUI news on Michelle Rodriguez!
5. Kurt Angle Arrested for DUI Based on Telephone Call
WWE wrestler Kurt Angle was arrested for DUI in Pennsylvania on September 28 after another driver took down his license plate number and called police, alleging that he was driving erratically and almost hit her. Police tracked the tag number to Angle and visited his home. Angle reportedly admitted that he had been driving and was on his way home from a bar. The officers said that Angle appeared intoxicated and they smelled alcohol on his breath. Angle failed field sobriety tests and reportedly refused to take a blood test to determine his blood alcohol content. His refusal to take a blood test resulted in an automatic one-year suspension of his driver's license. Angle denies that he was driving drunk. His DUI lawyer issued a statement indicating that the police have no first hand knowledge of Angle operating his vehicle and no proof blood alcohol content and he believes that the DUI arrest was made based on Angle's celebrity status as an Olympic gold medalist and WWE professional wrestler.
4. Ty Pennington DUI Case Closes Quickly
On May 5, 2007, handy hunk Ty Pennington of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" was arrested for DUI in Los Angeles. Pennington reportedly had a blood alcohol content of .14. This DUI case was not dragged out at all and on May 25, Pennington went to court and pleaded no contest to DUI. He was sentenced to three years probation and seemed to be humiliated by the whole ordeal. Let's hope this handyman hires a driver!
3. Vivica A. Fox DUI - Shades of Mel Gibson?
Actress and former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Vivica A. Fox made headlines this year when she was arrested for DUI on March 20 and allegedly made racial remarks to and about the arresting officer. Fox was reportedly speeding when she passed a patrol car on Highway 101 in the San Fernando Valley. She reportedly failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for suspicion of DUI. During the stop, Fox reportedly yelled to a Hispanic officer, "Brother help a sister -- are you going to let this racist white cop do this ... well are you?"
Down at the station, Fox reportedly burped loudly while the officer was trying to administer a breath test and the officer had to abort the test. Another test was given and Fox blew a .09. On September 27, Fox pleaded not guilty to DUI and on August 8 a judge ordered her not to consume any alcohol until the charges against her were resolved. On December 3, Fox failed to show up for her DUI hearing and the judge ordered her to be booked by December 11 or a bench warrant for her arrest would be issued. Rather than irritate the judge any further and risk arrest, on December 5 Fox showed up at the LAPD and was booked, fingerprinted and posed for a mugshot photoshoot. On December 7 Fox pleaded no contest to DUI and was sentenced to three years probation. She will also be required to attend a 90-day alcohol education program.
2. Kiefer Sutherland Designs His Own DUI Sentence
Actor Kiefer Sutherland is now in jail in Glendale, California, serving a 48-day sentence for his DUI arrest on September 25. The "24" actor was pulled over by Los Angeles police for making an illegal U-turn and after reportedly failing field sobriety tests, was arrested for suspicion of DUI. This was Sutherland's 4th arrest for DUI and he was still on probation for a DUI conviction in 2004. Sutherland had previously pleaded guilty to DUI charges in 1989 and 1993. In jail, Sutherland is being treated just like any other inmate and has been assigned to laundry and kitchen duty. He is expected to serve his entire sentence with no early release conditions. However, his sentence was arranged to coincide with the break in filming his hit television show. Sutherland was also sentenced to 5 years probation and he will have to enroll in an 18-month alcohol treatment program. He will also be required to attend therapy sessions each week for six months.
1. Lindsay Lohan - What More Can We Say?
Hollywood mischief-maker Lindsay Lohan comes it at number 1 on our top 10 celebrity DUI list because who could top two DUI arrests in less than 2 months? On Memorial Day weekend, Lohan crashed her car and left the scene of the accident before police could get there. A small amount of cocaine was reportedly found inside the wrecked vehicle, but Lohan wasn't charged with drug possession. She was arrested for DUI in connection with the accident and shortly thereafter checked into rehab.
After a 45-day stint in rehab, Loahn took it upon herself to wear an alcohol monitoring ankle bracelet. She was still wearing the alcohol monitoring device on July 24 when she went on a bizarre car chase, allegedly pursuing an assistant who had quit and had her mother pick her up. Police were called and at the conclusion of the chase, Lohan was arrested for her second DUI and also charged with driving with a suspended license. She also faced drug charges in connection with a small amount of cocaine that was reportedly in her pocket at the time of her arrest.
On August 23, Lohan agreed to a plea deal, pleaded guilty to two charges of DUI, two charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance and reckless driving. She was sentenced to 96 hours in jail, 10 days of community service and ordered to complete a drug treatment program. On November 15, Lohan checked herself into jail at the Los Angeles women's detention center at Lynwood and served 84 minutes in jail.
And you're probably wondering exactly how this list could be complete without socialites Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. The reason they didn't make the top 10 celebrity DUI list this year is because they were both arrested for DUI in 2006 rather than 2007.
While Paris Hilton made big news in 2007 when she went to jail, then to house arrest and then back to jail, she technically went to jail for violating her DUI probation by driving with a suspended driver's license and not DUI. Hilton was arrested for alcohol-related reckless driving on September 6, 2006 and pleaded no contest to the charges. She was put on probation. On February 27, 2007 cops spotted Hilton speeding down Sunset Boulevard at night with no headlights on and when they pulled her over, they realized that she was driving with a suspended license and she was arrested again. Her humorous jail stint was for violating the terms of her probation. As far as we know, Hilton hasn't been popped for DUI since her September, 2006 arrest. Spending 23 days in jail may have taught Hilton a lesson about drinking and driving though, as lately she has been seen leaving clubs with the assistance of a driver rather than chancing another DUI arrest.
Hilton's pal and "Simple Life" co-star, Nicole Richie, was arrested for DUI on December 11, 2006 after cops caught her driving the wrong way on a Burbank freeway. Perhaps her intoxication played a part in her confession to police that she had taken the prescription drug Vicodin and smoked some pot before driving, but perhaps if she had contacted a DUI lawyer first she may not readily revealed that information. Since Richie had pleaded no contest to a DUI charge 4 years earlier, a jail sentence was mandatory. After pleading guilty to DUI, she was sentenced to four days in jail and 3 years of probation. On August 23, 2007 while Lindsay Lohan was making her own DUI sentencing headlines, Richie reported to the Century Regional Detention Center in Los Angeles and served an 82 minute sentence. Richie is currently expecting a baby with boyfriend Joel Madden and has seemed to have turned her life around since becoming pregnant, so hopefully there will be no more DUI arrests in her future.