‘Lost’ actress chooses jail

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HONOLULU (AP) – “Lost” star Michelle Rodriguez has surrendered to begin a five-day jail sentence for drunken driving.

Rodriguez, who portrays police officer Ana Lucia, opted for jail time and a $500 fine rather than 240 hours of community service.

“I kind of have to get back to my life, go back to making some money,” Rodriguez said outside the courtroom after pleading guilty to driving under the influence. “It kind of gave me a hard hit. … I’m human.”

The 27-year-old Rodriguez and cast member Cynthia Watros were both charged with drunken driving after they were pulled over Dec. 1 in separate cars within 15 minutes of each other.

On Tuesday, the judge gave Rodriguez the option of jail time or community service. Carrying three books and dressed casually in a tank top and sweats, she surrendered to authorities at the Kaneohe District Court later in the day.

Choosing jail over community service was a “personal choice,” said her attorney, Steve Barta.

“I would suspect that because she has a hard time even going out for a meal without being intruded upon for an autograph or photograph, it’s really difficult for her to do community service,” he said.

Watros, who plays Libby on the ABC castaway drama, pleaded guilty to drunken driving in January and was fined $312, ordered to undergo an alcohol assessment and 14 hours of counseling. She also had her license suspended for 90 days.

Both Rodriguez and Watros were spotted weaving on a road in Kailua, on the island of Oahu, where “Lost” is filmed. Both failed field sobriety tests.

Rodriguez recorded a blood-alcohol level of 0.145 percent, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08. Watros had a blood-alcohol level of 0.10.

Soon after, Rodriguez spent two weeks in a rehab clinic, her lawyer said. “She did recognize there was an issue to be dealt with. She, on her own, took care of it,” he said.

In 2004, Rodriguez pleaded no contest in Los Angeles to three traffic violations, including drunken driving. She completed a three-month alcohol program and is serving a three-year probation term.

ABC spokesman Jeff Fordis said there would be no disruptions for “Lost.” The season finale is being filmed this week and production is scheduled to be completed by May 5.

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