Paris Hilton Arrested on Suspicion of Drunk Driving – Says She Had Only One Margarita

Paris Hilton Arrested on Suspicion of Drunk Driving – Says She Had Only One Margarita

Paris Hilton was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving early Thursday morning after what police describe as erratic driving. The heiress blew a .08 into the breathalyzer which is the minimum blood level for DUI in California.

Hilton was with Rod Stewart’s daughter, Kimberly, when she was stopped by police in Hollywood at 12:31 a.m. According to her publicist, Elliot Mintz, she spent the day shooting her new music video, "Nothing in This World", and didn’t eat much. The suggestion is that one drink on an empty stomach may have led to an elevated blood-alcohol content.

Paris says she had one margarita before being stopped. According to the TMZ website, Paris attended a Us Weekly magazine bash, and then stopped at a nightclub. MTV reports that Officer Robert Andreno of the Los Angeles Police Department 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."

Although most DUI suspects are held for at least three hours, the local NBC affiliate says she was released on her own recognizance after only one hour and a half. A police representative said the flashes of the cameras caused a hazard and they were worried this could cause a car accident.

Driving while intoxicated could lead to a restriction of her license for 90 days. TMZ says that she “regrets it occurred.” Later in the morning she called the Ryan Seacrest show on LA’s KIIS-FM. She told Seacrest that she was driving a little fast because she wanted an In-N-Out burger.

Her sister Nikki, her boyfriend “Entourage" star Kevin Connolly, and Mintz, were at the police station when Hilton was released. Mintz told the AP that Hilton is "absolutely fine," and added that the DUI was "probably the result of an empty stomach and working all day and being fatigued."

So far the District Attorneys office has not pressed charges. The local NBC affiliate says that since the blood alcohol content was so low that charges may not even be filed. There are no reports as to whether a blood or urine test was conducted. Typically police like to use these tests to find drugs.

By Nancy Connors
Best Syndication



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