NEWPORT BEACH – A guilty plea for driving under the influence has concluded the latest episode in a series of run-ins with the law for Jason Wahler, former star of MTV reality shows “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills.”
Wahler was sentenced to two days in county jail with three years probation and mandatory attendance of a first offender alcohol program. An additional DUI charge was dropped in exchange for the guilty plea.
The conviction stems from a March 19 incident in which Wahler was pulled over in Newport Beach for suspicion of DUI. During the breathalyzer test that followed, Wahler blew a reported .19 reading, more than twice California’s .08 legal limit.
Unpleasant occurrences involving alcohol have plagued Wahler for several years, a bar brawl in Cabo San Lucas reportedly landing him in jail shortly before this most recent DUI.
Also prior to this DUI, People Magazine reports that Wahler had chalked up at least six other drinking-related arrests.
Interviewed by People in 2007 while pursuing his sobriety, Wahler said: “I did try drugs, but it was never my thing. It was alcohol, for sure. It would take me about 10 drinks before that other side came out. It’s like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”