Thursday, March 6, 2008

Barron Hilton facing California DUI, say attorneys

California DUI attorney news

MALIBU, California

Paris Hilton's 18-year-old brother was charged Thursday with four misdemeanor counts -- including California DUI and being an unlicensed driver -- stemming from his Feb. 12 California DUI arrest in Malibu.

Barron Nicholas Hilton is charged with California DUI driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving while having a 0.08 percent or higher blood-alcohol level, unlawful use of a license and being an unlicensed driver.

The Beverly Hills resident spent more than nine hours in custody before being released Feb. 12 from the Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff's station.

A witness who reported Hilton driving a Mercedes-Benz erratically on northbound Pacific Coast Highway near Latigo Canyon Road followed him to a 76 gas station, where he was arrested.

Hilton's California DUI blood-alcohol content was estimated at .14 percent -- nearly twice the California DUI legal limit.

He is scheduled to be arraigned April 14 at the California DUI Malibu courthouse, according to the district attorney's office. He is free on $20,000 California DUI bail.

Hilton's older sister, Paris, spent 23 days in sheriff's custody last year at a Lynwood lockup for violating probation in a misdemeanor alcohol-related reckless driving case. The 27-year-old hotel heiress and sometime-actress remains on probation.