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Ty Pennington Pleads No Contest

"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" host Ty Pennington pleaded no contest in a misdemeanor drunken driving case.

Pennington, 41, had been charged with two misdemeanor counts — driving with a blood-alcohol level above the .08 percent limit and driving under the influence of alcohol.

He pleaded no contest to the first count and the latter count was dismissed, said Frank Mateljan, spokesman for the city attorney's office. Mateljan said it was a normal disposition for a first offense.

"I'm happy to bring closure to my recent court proceedings," Pennington said in a statement. "Drinking and driving is never acceptable. I have pleaded no contest and will abide by the court's ruling. I hope this experience can help others as much as it has helped me."

A judge placed Pennington on three years' probation, restricted his driving privileges for 90 days and ordered him to participate in a 90-day alcohol program and attend a Mothers Against Drunk Drivers meeting, Mateljan said.

He faced up to six months in jail and a $1,000 if convicted of the charges by a Superior Court jury.

Earlier this month Pennington was arrested in Los Angeles and was released after posting bail. In a statement sent out shortly after the arrest Pennington said the incident was a wake-up call.

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