Actress gets 60-day jail term in California
Former "Lost" television star Michelle Rodriguez will have to spend 60 days in a Los Angeles County jail for violating the terms of her probation by driving drunk in Kailua in December.
Rodriguez, 27, spent four days in Oahu Community Correctional Center last month for the Dec. 1 incident. She pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. Honolulu police said Rodriguez's blood alcohol level was 0.14 percent, nearly double the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
At the time of her arrest, Rodriguez was on probation for DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license in California. She had pleaded no contest to the charges in June 2004.
In Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday, Rodriguez admitted violating the terms of her probation, said Los Angeles City Attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan. Judge Rex Heeseman handed down the sentence, which includes 30 days of community service Rodriguez will have to perform with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. She must also submit to an alcohol-monitoring program.
Rodriguez has until May 31 to turn herself in to begin serving her sentence, Mateljan said.
Michelle is Rodriguez's middle name. Her first name is Mayte.
She and fellow actress Cynthia Watros joined the cast of "Lost" last year, during the hit ABC show's second season. They were arrested for drunken driving at the same time in December in separate vehicles.
Watros, 37, pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant in January, had her license suspended 90 days, agreed to attend 14 hours of alcohol abuse rehabilitation classes and paid $312 in fines and court costs.
Rodriguez's and Watros' "Lost" characters were killed off in the same episode, which aired earlier this month. Rodriguez had said her employment on the show was decided a year ago, before she signed on.