Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Actress Kirstern Storms pleads no contest to driving with .08% BAC (California DUI news)

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LOS ANGELES California DUI news: "Kim Possible" actress Kirsten Storms pleaded no contest on Wednesday to a California DUI - drunk driving charge and will enter an Alcoholics Anonymous program.

Storms voices the snippy cheerleader Bonnie Rockwaller on the Disney animated series. She also plays Maxie Jones on ABC's "General Hospital" and was Belle Black on NBC's "Days of Our Lives" from 1999 to 2004.

Storms, 23, was not in court but entered the plea through her attorney to one count of driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or more — right at the legal limit for driving in California.

A "no contest" plea is a plea-bargain deal in which the defendent does not admit guilt but agrees to pay the penalty for a crime.

A Superior Court commissioner ordered her to attend a dozen AA meetings and complete a 90-day alcohol program, city attorney's spokesman Frank Mateljan said. She also must pay $1,643 in fines and penalties and was placed on three years of probation.

"This is standard for first-time offenders," Mateljan said.

Storms was arrested Sept. 7 in the San Fernando Valley after California Highway Patrol officers said they saw a lighted cigarette tossed from her blue Mercedes-Benz on the Hollywood Freeway.

Officers noticed "the odor of an alcoholic beverage" coming from the car and Storms was arrested after failing sobriety tests, a CHP 202 report maintains.