Nicole Richie checks out of jailBy staff writers
A PREGNANT Nicole Richie checked into a Los Angeles jail today to serve a 96-hour sentence for drink-driving, and was released after 70 minutes.
Entertainment Tonight reported that Richie was booked at the county jail for women in Lynwood shortly after 3pm (8am AEST) and was released after serving an hour and ten minutes
"If she is processed into the Los Angeles County jail system, Ms Richie will be handled like any other inmate with a similar sentence of 96 hours," the L.A. County Sheriff's Department said in a press release.
"At this time, the criteria for a female arrestee sentenced to 30-days or less for a non-violent offense is as follows: the arrestee is booked, screened and usually released within 12 hours," the press release said.
"This procedure is based on jail overcrowding to manage population levels mandated by Federal Court guidelines. Based on the mandated guidelines and Ms Richie's 96 hours sentence, she will be treated in the same manner as other inmates with a similar sentence."
The reality TV star was arrested in December after police officers found her car parked on a freeway and facing the wrong way.
The Lynwood facility is the same one that housed Richie's Simple Life co-star Paris Hilton for nearly three weeks after she was convicted of driving on a suspended licence while on probation for an alcohol-related reckless driving case.
Richie is expecting a child with Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden who she has been dating for over six months.