Vivica A. Fox reaches plea deal for drunken driving

Fri Dec 7, 2007 7:02pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Vivica A. Fox pleaded no contest on Friday to drunken driving and must serve three years probation and complete an alcohol education program, an official said.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney said Fox, who has competed on TV's "Dancing With the Stars" and acted in films such as "Kill Bill: Vol. 1," changed her plea from not guilty after reaching an agreement with prosecutors.

A lawyer for Fox, 43, entered the new plea to one count of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or above, said spokesman Frank Mateljan.

A no contest plea is the legal equivalent of pleading guilty under California law.

Judge Stephen Pfahler also ordered the actress to pay nearly $1,200 in fines and fees.

The charge stemmed from an incident on March 20, 2007 when Fox was driving a car at about 80 mph and passed a police vehicle. Authorities said Fox was unable to keep her car in the correct lane and she failed a sobriety test.

She pleaded not guilty in September before reaching the new plea bargain.

 
<p>Actress Vivica A. Fox poses at the 14th Annual Diversity Awards in Century City, California, November 19, 2006. Fox pleaded no contest on Friday to drunken driving and must serve three years probation and complete an alcohol education program, an official said. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>