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Paris Hilton violates earlier probation, may face jail time

Los Angeles County deputies late Tuesday stopped US socialite and heiress Paris Hilton for speeding and driving without headlights on, and later impounded her $190,000 blue Bentley when they found her driving on a suspended license.

The heiress to the Hilton hotel fortune and the daughter of real estate magnate Rick Hilton was ordered to steer her blue Bentley Continental GTC to the side of the road in Sunset Boulevard at 11 p.m., said Sgt. Duane Allen Jr. of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.

According to the deputies, there was no sign of drinking or drugs. The recent incident comes about five weeks after Hilton was sentenced to three years' probation, which included the requirement that she "obey all laws," after pleading no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving deriving from a September arrest in Hollywood.

Labeled as “Party Girl”, the blonde socialite who recently has celebrated her 26th birthday for a second time after she celebrated it Vegas style at the Hard Rock Hotel, the week before could see herself behind bars, as the act of driving with a suspended license violates conditions of her previous sentence for reckless driving, authorities said Wednesday.

If a court finds she violated the terms of the sentence she received in January in a driving under the influence case last year she could face up to 90 days in jail.

"Our office is waiting to obtain a copy of the citation," said Nick Velasquez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney's office. "Once we're able to verify that Miss Hilton was driving the vehicle, we will request that the court revoke her probation and set a probation violation hearing."

Meanwhile, Hilton's spokesman, Elliot Mintz, said Hilton was not aware that her driving privileges had been restricted. "I don't believe Paris knew whether or not she was allowed to drive," Mintz said. He said his client called him from the scene to ask whether her driving privileges had been suspended. "So the only conclusion one could draw from that phone call is she didn't know."

Paris Hilton was arrested on September 7, 2006, when she was driving home in her Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren after attending a charity event in Los Angeles where she had one drink, a margarita. She was charged with driving under the influence of intoxicant and driving with a blood alcohol level over California's legal limit of .08.

However, at the scene the party girl claimed that she had just one margarita, and the high alcohol content in her blood was a result of having no time to eat during a long day while making a music video for her new album, Paris.

She had pleaded not guilty of drunk driving in January, and was sentenced to 36 months’ probation, alcohol education and $1,500 in fines.

Paris Hilton is already indulged in a number of cases. A Los Angeles party planner had accused her of bombarding him with angry phone calls, shoving him and threatening his life. In that case, a judge early last year ordered Hilton to stay away from the party planner. In June 2006, Hilton had a fender-bender accident when her Range Rover backed into a car in a parking garage after a shopping trip.

The life of the damsel has been in media spotlight ever since she entered the entertainment industry and has been subjected to criticism for her hard-partying lifestyle by almost everyone.

She is best known for starring in a fish-out-of-water reality show called, "The Simple Life" with a fellow heiress Nicole Richie, daughter of singer Lionel Richie. In November 2003, Hilton came in the headlines when a home video of her cavorting with her then-boyfriend Rick Solomon was published online.

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