Richie Sambora strikes
a deal — and gets
three years probation


Bon Jovi rocker Richie Sambora pleaded no contest on Tuesday to one misdemeanor count of DUI — just hours after he was charged with two misdemeanor counts stemming from a March 25 incident near his home in Laguna Beach, Calif. The district attorney then agreed to drop the second charge.

Richie's blood-alcohol test revealed that his level was .13 percent. The legal limit in California is .08. He was sentenced to three years of informal probation, three months of first-offender alcohol awareness class and court fees. He also cannot have any mesurable amount of drugs or alcohol in his sytem while driving during this probation.

A police officer spotted the star weaving in and out of his lane while he was driving on the Pacific Coast Highway near the trendy downtown area of Laguna. His daughter Ava, 10, was also in the car along with a female companion and another young girl. Richie, 48, escaped being charged with misdemeanor child endangerment,­ something the Laguna Beach Police Department asked the district attorney to consider.