Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Busted One

busted Keanu Reeves mugshot
Subject: The Matrix star Keanu Reeves

Charges: Reeves was busted in Los Angeles for drunk driving. Police said he had been driving erratically and carelessly. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Date: Mugshot taken on May 5, 1993

Verdict: After confessing to DUI, Reeves was released. According to reports, this made him straighten his life out.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Trouble with Nicole

busted Nicole Richie mugshot

Subject: Nicole Richie

Charges: Richie was arrested for DUI. According to California Highway Police, she failed a sobriety test and admitted to using marijuana and painkiller Vicodin before the incident.

Date: Mugshot taken on December 11, 2006

Verdict: On July 27, 2007, Richie was sentenced to four days in jail. She checked herself into the Century Regional Detention Center in Lynwood, California on August 23, 2007, but only served 82 minutes due to overcrowding in the jail system. She also signed up for an 18-month anti-drinking driver education program.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Matt is a Wack

busted Matthew McConaughey mugshot
Subject: Matthew McConaughey

Charges: Police responded to a noise disturbance call, resulting to the arrest of McConaughey at his home in Austin, Texas. According to reports, he was dancing around naked and playing bongo drums with a friend, actor Cole Hauser. He was also accused of marijuana possession.

Date: Mugshot taken on October 25, 1999

Verdict: Drug charges were dropped, but McConaughey pleaded guilty for violating the city's noise ordinance, thus paying a fine of $50.

Backstreet Boy Arrested Drunk

busted Nick Carter mugshot
Subject: Backstreet Boy Nick Carter

Charges: In March 2005, Carter was pulled over for a traffic violation and was determined to be drunk when questioned by California cops. He was booked and charged with drunk driving.

Date: Mugshot taken on March 7, 2005

Verdict: After pleading guilty, the arrested singer was placed on a three-year probation and a three-month alcohol treatment program.

Baywatch Junkie

busted Yasmine Bleeth mugshot

Subject: Yasmine Bleeth

Charges: In September 2001, Bleeth was arrested in Michigan after driving her car on to a highway median. Police found in her possession four syringes with an injectable form of cocaine in them and a small plastic bag with cocaine residue. The next day, they conducted a search on her hotel room, finding more cocaine and drug paraphernalia.

In November 2001, a plea bargain was made, with Bleeth pleading guilty to driving while impaired and possessing less than 25 grams of cocaine.

Date: Mugshot taken on September 12, 2001

Verdict: Bleeth was sentenced in January 2002 to two years of probation and 100 years of community service, in addition to paying for court costs and being subject to regular drug tests.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Mean Girl Lohan

busted Lindsay Lohan mugshot

Subject: Lindsay Lohan

Charges: Michelle Peck, whose daughter has resigned as Lohan's personal assistant, called 911 saying she was being chased by the actress. The Santa Monica police later found Peck and Lohan having a heated argument in a parking lot. The latter was found to have a blood alcohol level between 0.12 to 0.13 percent, above the California legal limit of 0.08 percent. Authorities even found a small amount of cocaine in her pocket.

The busted actress was booked on felony charges of possession of cocaine and transportation of a narcotic, in addition to misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license.

Date: Mugshot taken on July 24, 2007

Verdict: Lohan was punished to serve one day in jail and 10 days community service for both her DUI arrests. In addition, she was also sentenced to three years probation,18-month alcohol education program, pay hundreds of dollars in fines, and three-day county coroner program in which she would visit a morgue and talk to victims of drunk drivers.

On November 15, 2007, Lohan entered the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, California to serve her minimum 24-hour sentence. In line with prison policy for releasing non-violent offenders due to overcrowding, she was released at 11:54 a.m. - serving a total of 84 minutes in jail.

The Joke's on Hugh

busted Hugh Grant mugshot

Subject: Hugh Grant

Charges: It was a damaging scandal for Hugh Grant when he was arrested in a residential area not far from Sunset Boulevard for misdemeanor lewd conduct in a public place with a Hollywood prostitute.

Date: Mugshot taken on June 27, 1995

Verdict: The busted actor was fined $1,180, placed on two years' summary probation, and was ordered to complete an AIDS education program.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Heiress Shame

busted Paris Hilton mugshot

Subject: Paris Hilton, The Heiress

Charges: In September 2006, Hilton was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, with a blood alcohol content of 0.08%, the level at which it is illegal to drive in California. Her driving license was subsequently suspended in November 2006 and she was punished to 36 months' probation, with a fine of $1,500.

On January 15, 2007, Hilton was pulled over for driving with a suspended license and signed a document acknowledging that she was not permitted to drive. On February 27, 2007, she was caught speeding, again with a suspended license. She also did not have her headlights on even though it was after dark. Those actions, along with the failure to enroll in a court-ordered alcohol education program constituted a violation of the terms of her probation.

Date: (1) September 2006, (2) June 2007

Verdict: Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in jail for violating her probation and was required to begin her jail term on June 5, 2007 and checked herself into the Century Regional Detention Facility, an all-female jail in California. On June 7, she was reassigned by the Los Angeles County Sheriff to 40 days of house arrest with an electronic monitoring device due to an unspecified medical condition.

Complications arise when Judge Michael Sauer summoned Hilton to appear on court the same day she was released, ordering authorities to send her back to jail to serve out her original 45-day sentence. She started screaming in the courtroom and concerns about her condition led to her being moved to the medical wing of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. On June 13, she was moved back again to Century Regional Detention Facility.

Hilton was released from jail on June 26, 2007, serving a total of 22 days in detention.

The Passion of the Drunk

busted Mel Gibson mugshot
Subject: Mel Gibson

Charges: After being stopped for speeding and tested for blood-alcohol level content, Gibson was arrested in Malibu, California.

Date: Mugshot taken on July 28, 2006

Verdict: Gibson was sentenced to three years probation, 90-day alcohol-abuse program, 12 months of Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and fined $1,300 with a 90-day license restriction. He volunteered to do public-service announcements on hazards of drinking and driving, and to enter rehab.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Wacko Jacko

busted Michael Jackson mugshot
Subject: Michael Jackson, The King of Pop

Charges: Jackson was accused of seven counts of child molestation and two counts of administering an intoxicating agent to a boy younger than 14 years old. He denied these allegations.

Date: Mugshot taken on November 20, 2003

Verdict: The arrested singer was acquitted on all counts in June 2005.