Tiffany Haddish Pleads No Contest to Reckless Driving for Thanksgiving Holiday Arrest

Tiffany Haddish Pleads No Contest to Reckless Driving for Thanksgiving Holiday Arrest

Tiffany Haddish pleaded no contest to reckless driving stemming from her arrest that occurred in Los Angeles over last year’s Thanksgiving holiday.

The Girls Trip actress, 44, had her two misdemeanor charges dropped after taking a plea deal following her arrest last November, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office said in a statement to PEOPLE.

Haddish appeared in person on Thursday and entered a no contest plea to a violation of Vehicle Code section 23103 and 23103.5, commonly known as “wet reckless.” the statement read.

A DUI charge can be reduced to “wet reckless” charge as part of a plea deal, and does not trigger an automatic drivers license suspension like a DUI would. It is a misdemeanor charge.

In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, Haddish’s attorney Alex Spiro wrote, “Ms. Haddish has agreed to a simple vehicle code violation (not driving under the influence, which has been dismissed) and looks forward to this being behind her.”

The Haunted Mansion actress was placed on summary probation for one year. She was also ordered to complete 40 hours of community service and enroll in a Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Victim Impact Program.


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Haddish will have to attend a HAM (Hospital and Morgue) Program, an SB1176 driver’s education program, and pay standard fines and fees.

She was also given a “Watson” admonition — a legal document those with DUIs must sign stating that they are aware of the harmful or deadly impact their actions can cause.

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Per the statement provided to PEOPLE, Haddish was also ordered to provide proof of completion to the clerk’s office. As of now, there are no future scheduled court appearances.

Haddish originally entered a not guilty plea in late December. A pretrial hearing had been scheduled for Feb. 14.


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Her legal complications stem from an arrest on Thanksgiving weekend after she allegedly fell asleep behind the wheel of her Tesla.

After officers with the Beverly Hills Police Department found the comedian at approximately 5:45 a.m. local time on Nov. 24, she was charged with one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol and a misdemeanor count of driving with .08% blood alcohol content.

The previous night, Haddish had been performing at The Laugh Factory in West Hollywood in celebration of the venue’s 43rd annual free Thanksgiving feast for the community event.

Once she was released later that same day, Haddish performed at the Laugh Factory in Long Beach, California, and poked fun at the situation, stating, “I had prayed to God to send me a man with a job, career, preferably in a uniform, and I answered my prayers,” according to a recording obtained by TMZ.

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight published on Nov. 27, Haddish said the situation “will never happen again.” She said her Tesla parked itself after she fell asleep.

The actress claimed to be in “good spirits” following the incident, and told the outlet, “I’m going to get some help so I can learn balance and boundaries.”

Related: Tiffany Haddish’s Georgia Prosecutors Want Her Barred from Alcohol, Drugs After Second DUI Arrest

In January 2022, the Nobody’s Fool actress was arrested on suspicion of DUI and taken into custody by Peachtree City police officers in Georgia. After her arrest in California, Georgia prosecutors filed a motion to modify Haddish’s bond conditions to include a request for the court to prohibit her from drugs and alcohol, according to a court document PEOPLE obtained.

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