SHORT TAKES : 'Cheers' Star Begins Jail Term

From Times staff and wire service reports

"Cheers" co-star Kelsey Grammer surrendered to authorities in Van Nuys today to begin serving a 30-day jail term stemming from an 1988 drunken driving case.

The 35-year-old actor, who plays brainy psychiatrist Frasier Crane on the hit NBC series, surrendered to Van Nuys Municipal Court and was taken immediately to County Jail. He showed up in court with a toothbrush stuck in his shirt pocket.

Since his February, 1988, conviction for drunken driving, he has failed to make several court appearances to prove he completed a drug rehabilitation program.

Municipal Court Commissioner Patricia Schwartz last week ordered Grammer to serve a 30-day sentence for failing to attend the program and failing to serve 10 days on a state road crew.

The commissioner also ordered Grammer to show up in court today with proof that he served at least one day of work on a California Department of Transportation road cleanup crew and enrolled in a 90-day drug rehabilitation program.

Documentation presented by Grammer today established that he had completed those obligations, the court clerk said.

Grammer still faces possible cocaine possession charges.

The incarceration shouldn't affect production of the show, which is currently shut down between seasons.

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