Kamis, 06 Desember 2007

Ray Liotta Cops to Unwise Driving (E! Online)

Los Angeles (E! Online) - With the help of a smart lawyer, this wise guy decided to cut a deal.

Ray Liotta pleaded no contest to alcohol or drug-related reckless driving Wednesday stemming from his run-in with two parked cars earlier this year and a pending DUI charge against him was dropped.

For the misdemeanor, the GoodFellas star was sentenced to three years probation, ordered to complete a short alcohol education program and fined $300.

He has also agreed to pay restitution to the owners of the vehicles he smacked into Feb. 17 near his home in the Pacific Palisades. No injuries were reported.

A witness to the accident called 911 and police said at the time that the Unlawful Entry villain, who had remained at the scene, was cooperative. He was taken into custody, booked on suspicion of DUI and released after posting $15,000 bail.

At the time, Liotta was found to be under the influence of prescription medication, which his attorney said the 52-year-old actor was taking for a sports-related injury. A mixture of treatments made him drowsy and was therefore responsible for his impaired driving, according to the lawyer.

Liottas hearing may have slipped under the radar because attorney Blair Berk happened to be juggling high-profile court dates, her other being with Kiefer Sutherland, who was sentenced for his September DUI arrest Wednesday afternoon and subsequently checked into jail to start serving his 48 days.

Liotta, an Emmy winner in 2005 for a guest appearance on ER, was most recently heard from--literally--playing a caricature of himself in Jerry Seinfelds Bee Movie.

While his last foray into television, the CBS flop Smith, didnt do much for his rsum, the suburban-biker buddy comedy Wild Hogs was a hit with audiences, earning $168 million at the box office. The actor also has a handful of films in the works, including the baseball-themed heart-warmer Chasing 3000 and the ensemble noir drama Powder Blue.

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