October 29, 2004 09:10 AM

Former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff pleaded no contest Thursday to a drunk-driving charge and was sentenced to a six-month alcohol treatment program, Reuters reports.

The 52-year-old actor’s attorney entered the plea on Hasselhoff’s behalf. The actor did not attend the hearing. The charge stems from a June 5 incident, in which Hasselhoff was pulled over in Los Angeles and was arrested on charges of suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

In July 2002, PEOPLE reported that Hasselhoff was seen falling down outside a Manhattan nightclub. He later checked himself into the Betty Ford Center, admitting that he had hit “rock bottom.”

“He realized his social drinking had increased more than he was comfortable with,” a representative for Hasselhoff said at the time, “and he decided to do something about it.”

In addition to the treatment program, the onetime Knight Rider star was also given three years probation and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

Hasselhoff next has an appearance as himself in the upcoming animated feature, The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.

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