Vivica A. Fox: DUI Arrest Was ‘Huge Learning Lesson’

LOS ANGELES (June 16, 2007) — Vivica A. Fox says she regrets her arrest for drunken driving because “it’s on your record for 10 years.”

The 42-year-old actress was charged in March with misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit.

“It was a huge learning lesson. I won’t ever make that mistake again,” Fox said Friday night backstage at the Kodak Theatre, where she was a presenter for the Daytime Emmy Awards. “Trust me, I’m going to hire a driver next time.”

Fox said she is in the process of trying to resolve her legal problems.

“It was an unfortunate judgment that I am taking full responsibility in,” she said. “It is so not worth what you go through for getting a DUI.”

Fox was arrested after passing a patrol car on the Hollywood Freeway at 80 mph and subsequently failing a field sobriety test, the California Highway Patrol said.

Breath tests indicated her blood-alcohol level was greater than .08 percent, California’s legal limit for a driver.

Fox said she empathized with Paris Hilton, who is serving jail time for violating probation in an alcohol-related reckless driving case.

“We are not above the law,” Fox said about celebrities. “She’s going to get more coverage when her butt gets out of jail. It’s going to be a special alert and we all are going to watch, right?”

Fox, a contestant on last year’s “Dancing with the Stars,” has appeared in such films as “Kill Bill: Vol. 1,” “Soul Food” and “Independence Day.”

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