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'Lost' star opts for five days in jail and a fine

April 27, 2006|From the Associated Press

"Lost" star Michelle Rodriguez has begun a five-day jail sentence for drunk driving in Honolulu.

Rodriguez, who portrays police officer Ana Lucia, opted for jail time and a $500 fine rather than 240 hours of community service.

Rodriguez, 27, and cast member Cynthia Watros were both charged with drunk driving after they were pulled over Dec. 1 in separate cars within 15 minutes of each other.

On Tuesday, the judge gave Rodriguez the option of jail time or community service. Carrying three books and dressed casually in a tank top and sweats, she surrendered to authorities at the Kaneohe District Court later in the day.

Watros, who plays Libby on the ABC castaway drama, pleaded guilty to drunk driving in January and was fined $312, ordered to undergo an alcohol assessment and 14 hours of counseling. She also had her license suspended for 90 days.

Both Rodriguez and Watros were spotted weaving on a road in Kailua, on the island of Oahu, where "Lost" is filmed.

In 2004, Rodriguez pleaded no contest in Los Angeles to three traffic violations, including drunk driving. She completed a three-month alcohol program and is serving a three-year probation term.

ABC spokesman Jeff Fordis said there would be no disruptions for "Lost."

The season finale is being filmed this week and production is scheduled to be completed by May 5.

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