Pattaya Daily News

27 September 2006 :: 11:09:15 am 32332

PARIS HILTON guilty or not guilty?

Hilton was charged Tuesday with driving under the influence and scheduled to be arraigned September 28 in Superior Court on charges of driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent, said Nick Velasquez, a spokesman for city prosecutors.
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Paris Hilton can now add another title to her resume: Defendant.

Hilton is not required to appear at the arraignment, Velasquez said.

The 25-year-old Hilton was arrested Sept. 7 after being stopped in her Mercedes-Benz SLR. Police said her blood-alcohol level was 0.08 percent, the minimum to warrant an arrest.

Hilton was briefly handcuffed during the arrest, which drew a swarm of paparazzi to the Hollywood police station, where she was booked.

Hours later after the arrest, Hilton told KIIS-FM‘s morning radio host Ryan Seacrest that she was on an early morning hamburger run when she was stopped.

Hilton‘s spokesman, Elliot Mintz, said the charges were not unexpected.

“We are going to proceed with the judicial process,” he said, adding that he had not yet spoken about the charges to Hilton, who was overseas promoting her album.

The singer, actress, handbag designer and heiress to the Hilton hotel fortune denied driving recklessly but conceded “maybe I was speeding a little bit.”

If convicted, Hilton could be sentenced to six months in jail and fined $1,000. The minimum penalty for a first-time offender is a fine, probation and alcohol-rehabilitation program

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : World News

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