Kiefer Sutherland, star of the hit television series “24″, faces a possible prison term after he was charged on Friday with one count of driving under the influence and one count of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or above.
The arrest comes after Sutherland was stopped by LAPD at 1:35am Tuesday morning for making an illegal U-turn, at which time he also failed a sobriety test. He had attended a party earlier that night celebrating the launch of the Fox fall season.
In addition to the two DUI counts, the city attorney is seeking to have Sutherland’s probation revoked from a 2004 drunk driving conviction.
“We have charged Mr. Sutherland with a second DUI offense within 10 years, which we believe also constitutes a violation of the terms of his probation from his 2004 conviction,” said Nick Velasquez, a spokesman for the City Attorney’s Office.
“Since he is still on probation from this 2004 DUI, we have also requested that the court revoke his probation and set a probation-violation hearing.”
If convicted on both charges, Sutherland could face up to a total of a year and a half in jail and be forced to pay a $1000 fine.
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