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Kiefer Sutherland is going to jail



There are so many DUIs in Hollywood lately, we feel like we could recite L.A. County sentencing guidelines from memory. Kiefer Sutherland pleaded no contest Tuesday to a charge of driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit (actually, his attorney Blair Berk did, since Sutherland wasn't present in court), the AP reports.

Under terms of a plea deal, that means Jack Bauer will have to serve 30 days in the county clink. He also must enroll in an 18-month alcohol-education class and attend therapy for six months. The second DUI charge was dropped, but Kiefer is already on probation after being arrested in 2004 on a separate drunken-driving incident. His probation was revoked in that case, paving the way for up to another six months in jail.

Sentencing is set for Dec. 21, conveniently the same day 24 begins its winter production break.

UPDATE: Reports say Sutherland will also serve an additional 18 days for parole violation. If Kiefer gets the same treatment as Nicole Richie, he should serve about, oh, 2 days of that whole sentence. Ain't overpopulation great?

"I'm very disappointed in myself for the poor judgment I exhibited recently, and I'm deeply sorry for the disappointment and distress this has caused my family, friends and co-workers on 24 and at 20th Century Fox," Sutherland said in a statement. "I appreciate the support and concern that has been extended to me these last weeks both personally and professionally."

And when somebody makes video clips like this one below, who'da thunk he'd ever get busted for DUI?

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:23am]


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