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Paris Hilton’s ex takes DUI plea deal in Vegas

- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 24, 2011

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Paris Hilton's ex-boyfriend was fined $585 and ordered Wednesday to stay out of trouble as he settled drug charges stemming from a Las Vegas Strip traffic stop with the celebrity socialite last year.

Cy Waits, 35, was sentenced after pleading no contest to misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs. Felony and misdemeanor drug charges were dropped.

Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Bill Kephart ordered Waits to attend DUI and "victim impact" classes, gave him a 30-day suspended jail sentence, and warned him not to make the same mistake twice.

"If you are arrested for another DUI during the pendency of this case, I don't care if it's alcohol or drugs, you will do six months in the Clark County jail," the judge said. He set a Nov. 23 date to review Waits' case.

Waits emerged from the courtroom with his lawyer, Richard Schonfeld, and said he was glad to have the case behind him.

The former Las Vegas nightclub manager declined to talk about his relationship with Hilton, calling it a "chapter in my life that's closed."

Waits was arrested Aug. 27, 2010, after a Las Vegas police officer reported a "vapor trail" of marijuana smoke wafting from a black Cadillac Escalade with Waits at the wheel.

Hilton, a passenger in the vehicle, was arrested after police said a small bag containing 0.8 gram of cocaine fell from her Chanel purse as she reached for a tube of lip balm.

The 30-year-old celebrity heiress pleaded guilty last September to misdemeanor cocaine possession and obstruction charges. She is serving a year of probation, with a Las Vegas judge set to review her case Sept. 20.

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