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January 26, 2005

America's First-Lady Caught Drunk Driving [Say Anything]

Well, America's first lady on NBC's West Wing anyway.

E! Online - Stockard Channing is in a jam after apparently trying to avoid a Los Angeles traffic jam.

The actress was charged Monday with two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence for a December incident in which she allegedly attempted to circumvent snarled traffic on a Hollywood freeway.

The California Highway Patrol said Tuesday that the West Wing first lady was driving drunk around 10 p.m. on Dec. 14 after trying to negotiate around stalled traffic by pulling her 2003 Porsche Boxter onto the shoulder and passing the stopped cars.

Unfortunately for Channing, 60, the traffic had been halted by police, who were clearing a broken-down tractor-trailer from the freeway, and the cops immediately pulled her over.

The CHP officers said they smelled alcohol emanating from the sports car and gave the New York-born actress a on-site sobriety test, which she flubbed.

According to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, Channing's blood-alcohol level topped out at 0.13, way above California's legal limit of 0.08.

Do you ever wonder why so many celebrities get caught driving drunk? Call me a naive country rube, but I thought these people rode around in limos all day. Regardless, if anyone can afford to call a cab its these people. The fact that so many of them don't speaks volumes about their intellect.

Just another reason to ignore celebrities when they take it upon themselves to tell you how to vote.

[Cross-posted at Say Anything]

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