Stockard Channing, arrested for alleged drunken driving, faces two misdemeanor charges

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated January 26, 2005 08:00 AM

The West Wing costar Stockard Channing was placed behind bars for nearly three hours last month then released without bail after being arrested by the California Highway Patrol for alleged drunken driving, authorities tell the Associated Press.

Channing, 60, who won an Emmy for her role as first lady Abigail Bartlet on the NBC drama, was stopped on Dec. 14 for allegedly driving on the shoulder of Highway 101, city attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said on Tuesday.

On Monday, two misdemeanor counts of driving while under the influence of alcohol were filed against the actress, whose blood-alcohol levels were .12 and .13, according CHP spokesman Alex Delgadillo. California has a legal limit of .08.

Channing’s manager, Ernest Johns, did not return a call seeking comment.

The actress faces an arraignment on Feb. 9. The maximum penalty for conviction is six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for each charge, Mateljan said.