Actor Faces Jail Time for Driving Motor Home Drunk

Actor and former TV host Gary Collins faces 120 days in jail or home detention after pleading no contest to misdemeanor driving under the influence.

Santa Barbara Senior Deputy District Attorney Lee Carter said Collins' plea was entered Monday by his attorney.

Because it was Collins' third offense, a 120-day jail sentence is mandatory, but Carter says Collins may apply for electronically monitored home detention instead.

Collins was also placed on three years' probation.

His sentence also included a three-year suspension of his driver's license, mandatory attendance at a multiple-offenders school and a 90-day vehicle impoundment.

Collins was charged with drunken driving after being arrested on on Jan. 31 on suspicion of driving a motor home while drunk.

Authorities gauged his blood alcohol content as .29, more than three times the .08 level at which a person is presumed impaired, said Lee Carter, Santa Barbara senior deputy district attorney.

The 70-year-old is a former host of the Miss America Pageant and has appeared in numerous episodes of TV series such as "The Young and the Restless" and "JAG."

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