Chris Kattan Avoids Jail Time in DUI Crash Sentencing
Six months after Chris Kattan was arrested on suspicion of a DUI, the former Saturday Night Live funnyman received his sentence.
The 43-year-old comedian is required to pay a $500 fine, attend a three-month alcohol program, 104 Narcotics Anonymous classes, and will be on probation for the next three years, CBS Los Angeles confirmed. Additionally, he's forbidden from driving with any drugs in his system, unless he has a valid prescription (which, generally speaking, sounds like a good idea for all of us), and has to participate in the Hospital and Morgue Program, where the idea is to show people the possible tragic consequences of their dangerous behavior.
The Night at the Roxbury star was arrested in the wee hours of the morning in mid-February after he crashed his Mercedes into a Department of Transportation vehicle that was stopped on the side of a Los Angeles freeway doing maintenance work. Though no one was injured in the accident, Kattan did fail a field sobriety test and was promptly booked into the Van Nuys jail. He was released a few hours later on a $15,000 bond.
At the time, the star sent out several tweets trying to quell the rumors about his arrest, which, in a nutshell, provided some excuses (like the fact that he'd just gotten off a 15 hour flight) and downplayed the situation (pointing out he was released without bail and still had his driver's license).
Since receiving his formal sentence, however, Kattan has not commented on the incident on social media.
Still, it's not quite over yet. Next month, a restitution hearing will be held to determine how much money Kattan owes the state for damage to the Caltrans truck he hit. (Our guess is it will wind up considerably north of his $500 fine.)
At least everyone involved, including Kattan, survived this unfortunate incident relatively unscathed.