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California IN BRIEF : SAN LUIS OBISPO : LaLanne Fined in Reckless Driving Case

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Fitness guru Jack LaLanne has pleaded no contest to a charge of alcohol-related reckless driving. An attorney entered the plea for the 76-year-old LaLanne after prosecutors agreed to drop a more serious misdemeanor charge of drunk driving. Under the agreement, LaLanne will be placed on probation for one year, pay a $525 fine and attend eight hours of alcohol education classes, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Karen Medeiros. LaLanne was returning home from a party June 9 when he was arrested after his car was seen weaving on Pacific Coast Highway near Morro Bay, authorities said. His blood-alcohol level was found to be 0.08%, the minimum level at which a driver is considered intoxicated in California. He said he had a couple of glasses of wine at a party but denied being drunk. LaLanne, who has parlayed physical fitness into a health spa empire, did not attend the proceeding.


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