After pleading no contest to a drunk driving charge, The West Wing's Stockard Channing is the latest actor to learn a tough lesson: on the mean streets of Los Angeles, justice is both swift and expensive:
Channing, 61, who won an Emmy for her role as the first lady on NBC's "The West Wing," was ordered to pay a $390 fine and take part in an alcohol education program after pleading no contest Thursday, said Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the city attorney's office. She was also placed on 36 months of probation, Mateljan said.
The actress was arrested Dec. 14 after allegedly trying to drive around a roadblock set up so a tow truck could removed a disabled tractor-trailer.
Tipsy celebrities, let the misadventures of Martin Sheen's First Lady serve as a warning to you all: Get behind the wheel after you've been drinking, and a year from now you could receive a nasty slap on the wrist and lose fifteen minutes' pay.