Actress Jaime Pressly had just had a breakthrough in her career. After a string of B-movies and smaller roles, she found herself in a feature role on the TV series “My Name Is Earl.”
The series had concluded its run and Pressly had a baby she was raising.
Then she found herself in front of the cameras for the wrong reason — a DUI arrest. And it was not a matter of being slightly tipsy behind the wheel.
In January 2011, Pressly was busted by police in Santa Monica, California, around 11 p.m. after committing a traffic violation, according to TMZ. She showed signs of impairment and failed a field sobriety test.
There were no drugs in the car.
Pressly gave a preliminary breath test, and it showed a blood alcohol content of .22, almost three times the legal driving limit, according to TMZ.
The arrest found Pressley spending the night and jail and saw the normally stunning blonde looking disheveled in front of police cameras. Her mugshot was splashed on nearly all news stories about her arrest.
Months later, Pressly pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor DUI charge, according to E! Online. That meant she avoided jail time and was sentenced to three years’ probation. She also had to attend alcohol classes as part of the plea deal.
The arrest now is nearly ironic, and Pressley would later land a supporting role on the TV Show “Mom.” Her character played a wealthy alcoholic who bonded with the other women on the show.
Pressly received a nomination for best television supporting actress from the Critics’ Choice awards for her work on “Mom.”
The DUI arrest came weeks before Pressly filed for divorce from entertainment lawyer, Simran Singh. She said the arrest and the marital troubles were not related.
“People [are] thinking my divorce is happening because of the [DUI] situation,” Pressly told Extra, and reported by People Magazine. “Truth is: These are all isolated incidents.”
Pressly admitted she was human and not perfect but wanted to set the record straight to protect her child from false narratives after her arrest.
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