Locklear Escapes DUI Charge

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) - Heather Locklear has evaded DUI
charges by pleading to a lesser offense.

A court official in Santa Barbara says an attorney for the
actress entered a no contest plea to a misdemeanor reckless driving
charge in court Friday.

Locklear was given three years of informal probation, will pay a
fine and attend a driver's education program, said Lee Carter,
Santa Barbara senior deputy district attorney.

Tests revealed no alcohol in Locklear's system following her
September arrest, but prosecutors charged her in November with
driving under the influence of prescription drugs.

Locklear's attorney, Blair Berk, declined to comment Friday.

The actress, whose credits include "Dynasty," "Melrose
Place," did not appear.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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