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Ex-'Laguna Beach' star Jason Walher begins serving jail sentence


By Christopher Rocchio, 10/29/2007 

Jason Wahler's string of embarrassing arrests have finally caught-up with him

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The 20-year-old former Laguna Beach star began serving a 30-day Seattle prison sentence on Thursday stemming from his April arrest on charges of assault and underage drinking, E! News reported Friday.

"Jason is taking full responsibility for his previous actions," Wahler's publicist Siri Gaber said in a statement, according to E! News.

Wahler was arrested April 8 in Seattle and booked on charges of assault and criminal trespassing.  According to the incident report, officers responded to a disturbance at a Marriott hotel where a security guard claimed two guests had been wrestling in the lobby.  After issuing warnings to stop, the guard reportedly accused Wahler of punching him in the mouth before he was restrained by a friend. 

Wahler then allegedly fled the hotel, only to return "a short time later" when police found him passed out in a third-floor hallway "smelling strongly of alcohol."

The 30-day sentence was handed to Wahler on Wednesday when he plead guilty to charges of assault and a minor exhibiting signs of intoxication, Seattle City Attorney's Office spokeswoman Ruth Bowman told People on Friday.  Wahler had also originally been charged with criminal trespassing, however that charge was dropped.  According to Bowman, Wahler "could get out in 20 days for good behavior."

While he was not so lucky this time around, Wahler had already side-stepped an earlier stint in the slammer.

Last September, Wahler reportedly punched a tow-truck driver as well as a Los Angeles city employee and was accused of using racial slurs against two of the victims, who are African-American. He plead no contest to one count of battery and received a two-month jail sentence and was also required to attend a one-day program at the Museum of Tolerance. 

Wahler was due to begin serving his sentence in early May -- but that was delayed by a judge due to a stint in rehab at Orange County's Chapman House inpatient facility, which he completed over the summer. 

In addition, E! News reported Wahler completed community service at a Laguna-area church mission; went to four Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a week; attended anger-management counseling; and also spoke at local high schools, warning students about the dangers of drinking irresponsibly and disobeying the law.

"He has been through rehabilitation, done community service and has been attending AA meetings," Gaber said in the statement, according to E! News.  "He would like to be an example to young people to make them realize that there are consequences for bad behavior."

(Photo credit MTV)


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