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'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, People reported 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.

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