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Pennington: DUI Arrest Is "Wake-Up Call"

Ty Pennington, the host of ABC network's reality TV series "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," was arrested on a misdemeanor charge in Los Angeles over the weekend, documents show.

In a statement released by his publicist, Stan Rosenfield, on Monday, Pennington said, "I made an error in judgment. We all make mistakes, however this is about accountability."

Pennington, 42, was booked on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol and drugs while driving, TMZ.com reported.

In the statement, Pennington said the incident was a wake-up call.

"Under no circumstances should anyone consume alcohol while driving. I could have jeopardized the lives of others, and I am grateful there was no accident or harm done to anyone. This was my wake-up call," Pennington said. "I also want to apologize to my fans, ABC Television and my design team for my lapse in judgment and the embarrassment I have caused."

Pennington was arrested shortly after 12:30 a.m. Saturday by the Los Angeles Police Department's West Traffic Division, according to inmate information posted on the county Sheriff's Department Web site.

He was released two hours later after posting $5,000 bail and was due back in court on June 4, according to the Web site.


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Los Angeles police officials said Monday they had no further information.

Pennington, the former "Trading Spaces" carpenter, is the author of "Ty's Tricks: Home Repair Secrets Plus Cheap and Easy Projects to Transform Any Room," a mixture of handyman tips and how-to projects.

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