'Extreme Makeover' host Ty Pennington sentenced for drunken driving
By Christopher Rocchio, 05/25/2007
Despite his celebrity status as the lead designer and host of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Ty Pennington is learning if you commit the crime you still have to pay the price.
Pennington was sentenced Friday to 36 months probation; fined $1,500; and ordered to attend a 90-day alcohol education program after entering a guilty plea to charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, Peoplereported Friday.
"I'm happy to bring closure to my recent court proceedings," Pennington said in a statement, according to People. "Drinking and driving is never acceptable. I have pleaded no contest and will abide by the court's ruling. I hope this experience can help others as much as it has helped me."
The 42-year-old Home Edition host was arrested in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 5 in Los Angeles by traffic officers and was charged with a misdemeanor for driving under the influence. While he was subsequently released that same night on $5,000 bail, People reported authorities said he could have been facing up to six months behind bars.
Fortunately for Pennington -- who has been branching out recently into other areas besides television -- his "no contest" plea to driving with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher resulted in a more lenient sentence than what was previously mentioned. A second charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs was dropped, People reported.
"I made a really bad error in judgment," said Pennington in the statement, according to People.