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Hayley Hasselhoff charged with drunk driving

Massachusetts residents may know Hayley Hasselhoff for her starring role in the ABC family show 'Huge", but they may not know that she is also David Hasselhoff's daughter. The former 'Baywatch" star has provided tabloid writers with several memorable headlines during his tumultuous career, and media reports indicate that his daughter may now be struggling with substance abuse problems of her own. The 24-year-old was taken into custody by deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office during the early morning hours of May 13 after an alleged drunk driving incident.

Police say that they received calls at about 4:00 a.m. about a car that had stopped on an off-ramp of the Ventura Highway in Woodland Hills. When deputies arrived at the scene, they say that they observed Hasselhoff slumped behind the wheel of a white Mercedes sedan. The actress was said to have been passed out with her foot on the brake pedal at the time. Officers say that they took control of the vehicle after rousing Hasselhoff and persuading her to lower her driver's side window.

Police claim that Hasselhoff smelled strongly of alcohol, and she was taken into custody after allegedly performing poorly during standardized field sobriety testing. They say that they took the actress to an area hospital for evaluation before transporting her to a Van Nuys detention facility. Reports indicate that her bail has been set at $5,000. The actress is scheduled to appear in court on June 7.

The penalties for driving under the influence can be severe, but experienced criminal defense attorneys may seek to have DUI charges reduced or dropped when their clients have caused no injuries or property damage. Prosecutors usually have heavy caseloads, and they are sometimes prepared to show leniency even when the evidence at their disposal seems strong.

Source: The Daily Mail, "David Hasselhoff's daughter Hayley arrested for DUI 'after passing out behind the wheel on Los Angeles freeway'", Chelsea White, May 15, 2016

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