September 3, 2010 / 9:48 PM / 8 years ago

Chris Klein pleads no contest to drunken driving

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Chris Klein, who starred in the “American Pie” movies, pleaded no contest to drunken driving and will serve four years probation stemming from his arrest in June, court officials said on Friday.

Actress Ginnifer Goodwin and Chris Klein pose at the Women in Film 2008 Crystal and Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills, California June 17, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Klein, 31, also was sentenced to the four days he had already served in a Los Angeles jail and agreed to attend 18 months of alcohol education classes, officials said.

The actor broke into Hollywood’s ranks of young actors playing a naive teenager named Chris “Oz” Ostreicher in the 1999 teen sex comedy “American Pie,” and he went on to reprise that role in 2001’s sequel, “American Pie 2.”

Since then he has worked steadily in Hollywood, but never reclaimed the success he had enjoyed from the “Pie” movies.

He was arrested in the early morning hours of June 16 after police observed his car drifting across lanes on a Los Angeles-area freeway. Klein previously had a drunken driving conviction in California in 2005.

Reporting by Zorianna Kit; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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