Paris Hilton jailed for her crimes against society
Paris Hilton, the hotel heiress who built a high-profile modeling career after a tape of her bedroom activities was posted on the internet, started serving a 45-day prison term for violating the terms of her probation by driving with a suspended license following a drunk-driving plea. Paris Hilton was arrested in Hollywood on suspicion of driving under the influence at about 12:30 a.m. on September 7, 2006 after driving erratically and failing a field sobriety test. The media frenzy focuses on the fashion and the glamor while winking at the issue of alcohol and drug abuse.
A more tragic case of driving under the influence of drugs was reported in Washington, D.C. on June 2, 2007. Tonya Bell, a receptionist in the office of City Councilman Marion Barry, drove through a church-sponsored street festival in southeast Washington at speeds up to 70 mph after "smoking crack all day long", according to Police Chief Cathy Lanier. At least 40 people were injured as the car sent people and baby strollers flying. Some witnesses said that Bell appeared to be laughing as she drove the car with flattened tires and broken windows into the crowd.
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