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Shannen Doherty Pleads No Contest

May 1, 2001

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) _ ``Charmed″ star Shannen Doherty has pleaded no contest to charges of drunken driving and driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit.

Doherty, 30, also Monday admitted to a special circumstance of refusing to submit to a chemical test. She is to be sentenced June 12.

The ``Beverly Hills, 90210″ star was arrested in December after California Highway Patrol officers said they saw her Ford pickup truck weaving.

Prosecutors said her blood-alcohol level was .13 percent, well above the legal limit of .08 percent.

As a first-time offender, Doherty will likely face 48 hours in jail or five days in a work-release program, Deputy District Attorney Ian Morse said.

Because of the special circumstance Doherty will also be given some additional punishment at the discretion of the judge, possibly more time in custody or a longer work-release term, Morse said.

Doherty stars in the WB series ``Charmed,″ about three sisters who are witches.

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