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Paris Hilton's driving could lead to jail

March 30, 2007|From the Associated Press

Prosecutors in Los Angeles said Thursday that they would ask a judge to revoke Paris Hilton's probation in a reckless-driving case, a move that could lead to a jail term.

The decision followed an investigation into whether the hotel heiress and reality-TV star violated terms of her probation by driving last month with a suspended license.

"We're confident we have sufficient evidence to prove that her license was suspended and that she had knowledge of that suspension," said Nick Velasquez, a spokesman for the city attorney's office. He declined to elaborate on the evidence, citing an ongoing investigation.

Hilton could face up to 90 days in jail if a judge finds she violated her probation, Velasquez said. A hearing was scheduled for April 17.

In January, Hilton pleaded no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving stemming from a Sept. 7 arrest in Hollywood and was sentenced to 36 months on probation, alcohol education and $1,500 in fines.

On Feb. 28, police stopped Hilton on Sunset Boulevard when they saw her blue Bentley Continental GTC speeding with its headlights off. She was ticketed for misdemeanor driving with a suspended license.

Elliot Mintz, Hilton's spokesman, said at the time that she hadn't been aware that her license had been suspended. He did not return a call seeking comment Thursday.

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