Paris Hilton's boyfriend Cy Waits to face DUI charges in August
Paris Hilton's boyfriend, Cy Waits, has been ordered to appear in court on August 22 to face criminal charges, including marijuana possession and driving under the influence, stemming from a Las Vegas Strip traffic stop with the celebrity socialite and reality star.
Waits, 35, and Hilton, who turned 30 on Thursday, were detained in August 2010 after officers detected a "strong smell of marijuana" coming from their 2009 Cadillac Escalade. They were later released.
Hilton, star of the reality series "The Simple Life," pleaded guilty in September to misdemeanor cocaine possession and obstruction charges stemming from the case and is now serving a year of probation.
Waits' lawyer told a judge he intends to challenge the constitutionality of Waits' felony charge of being under the influence of marijuana, the Associated Press reported, adding that Hilton's boyfriend also faces misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and driving under the influence.
The criminal complaint says that before the couple's arrest, when the police first looked over in the couple's direction, Hilton started to roll a car window up. An officer told Waits, the driver, to pull over. About 100 people walking nearby recognized the heiress and crowded the vehicle. (See a video of Hilton being questioned by police.)
The report said Hilton said she was "extremely embarrassed, due to all the people taking pictures of her and she did not want to be seen by them." She said she wanted to stay near Waits but needed to use the restroom and asked an officer to accompany her to the nearby Wynn Hotel, where her boyfriend manages his nightclub, to "prevent her from being molested by the growing crowd".
A policeman took Hilton inside the building and had her place her purse on a table as they waited for a female officer to arrive to take her to the restroom. The heiress said she "needed to put some lip balm on" and the policeman handed her the purse.
"As she began to open it, I saw a small bindle of what I believed to be cocaine in a clear baggy begin to fall from the purse and into my hand. I then immediately took the purse and dropped the bindle back on the top," the officer said in the complaint.
He then showed the bindle to the female officer when she arrived and arrested Hilton for possession of a controlled substance.
"After I read Hilton her Miranda rights, she told me the purse was not hers and that she had borrowed it from a friend," the officer said. "She also said several cosmetic items inside the purse were not hers, but the $1,300 cash and credit cards were hers. I asked Hilton whose cocaine it was and she said she had not seen it but now thought it was gum."
The purse also contained a broken tablet of Albuterol, which is used to treat breathing problems, and a package of Zig Zag wrappers, which are used to roll marijuana joints and tobacco cigarettes. The heiress said both was hers. A test later showed that the bindle found inside her purse did indeed contain 0.8 grams of cocaine.