Friday, January 13, 2006

'Lost' Actress Pleads Guilty To DUI

Cynthia Watros pleaded guilty to drunken driving Thursday, and the contrite star of the hit ABC series "Lost" had her driver's license suspended for 90 days and was fined $370.
District Judge James Dannenberg also ordered Watros, 37, to undergo an alcohol assessment and to submit to 14 hours of counseling.
"I'm sorry," Watros said after entering her plea.
Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, a citation for crossing the white line was waived.
"This is no fun, but you know how much worse it could have been. Get on with your life, and I wish you luck," Dannenberg told Watros.
Following her court appearance, Watros made a brief statement to reporters, saying "I'm extremely grateful to the people of Hawaii for their love and support. Thank you." She took no questions.
Deputy Prosecutor Sean Sanada said the prosecutor's office was pleased with the outcome of the case.
"She did follow through and, we just hope this doesn't happen again The main thing, we hope, is that she learned her lesson," Sanada said.
Watros, who plays Libby on the castaway drama, and co-star Michelle Rodriguez, who portrays police officer Ana Lucia, were both charged with drunken driving after they were pulled over in separate cars within 15 minutes of each other Dec. 1.
Their cars had been spotted weaving on a road in Kailua, on the island of Oahu, where "Lost" is filmed.
Both failed field sobriety tests and were released on $500 bail, police said.
Rodriguez, 27, who was scheduled to stand trial March 30 after pleading not guilty last month, was also cited for speeding in Hawaii three times last year.
In 2004, Rodriguez pleaded no contest in Los Angeles to three traffic violations, including drunken driving. She completed a three-month alcohol program and is serving a three-year probation term.


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