Mischa Barton Charged with DUI, Pot Possession
Barton gets charged with only misdemeanors after December arrest for DUI, marijuana
By Stacey Silberman for Hollywood Today
HOLLYWOOD, CA (RUSHPRNEWS) 2/28/08 â€“ Former Bebe model and star of hit TV show â€œThe O.C.,â€ Mischa Barton, is getting a new kind of attention these days, the kind of attention a budding young actress does not want to attract, as she was charged with four misdemeanors Tuesday, related to a December 27th driving bust. Barton, 22, was pulled over and arrested by West Hollywood Sheriffâ€™s deputies after they witnessed her erratic driving, in which she floated between two lanes and neglected to signal before a turn on city streets.
At that time, she was found to have at least a 0.08 percent alcohol level, she was in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and she did all this without a valid driverâ€™s license, according to court documents.
â€œThe D.A.â€™s office is to be commended for treating this case the same as it would any other matter; Ms. Barton has received no special treatment,â€ Anthony V. Salerno said. He added, â€œWe are pleased that the District Attorneyâ€™s office has very carefully reviewed all the evidence in Ms. Bartonâ€™s matter and has chosen to file only misdemeanor charges against her.
Salerno is Bartonâ€™s attorney in the case. She is scheduled for arraignment this Thursday in Beverly Hills Superior Court. However, Salerno will appear on his clientâ€™s behalf.
Barton later told E!News anchor Seacrest that she took full responsibility for her error in judgment.
â€œObviously, Iâ€™m 100 percent responsible for my actions in this case, and Iâ€™m really disappointed in myself,â€ Barton said to Seacrestâ€™s KIIS-FM morning audience. â€œI donâ€™t know what to say about it, except Iâ€™m not perfect. I just donâ€™t ever intend to do something this stupid again.â€
Barton is best known for stint as Marissa Cooper on â€œThe O.C.,â€ but has also appeared in several films, including â€œThe Sixth Sense.â€ Her next film project is â€œVirgin Territory.â€
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