Kiefer makes early deal in DUI case

Kiefer Sutherland struck a deal in his DUI case today, pleading no contest to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge, according to court documents. His attorney met with city prosecutors ahead of his scheduled arraignment next week. The LA City Attorney's office is recommending to the judge that Sutherland be sentenced to 48 days in jail - 30 days for the DUI conviction and an additional 18 days for violating his probation. The actor will be sentenced on December 21. "I'm very disappointed in myself for the poor judgment I exhibited recently, and I'm deeply sorry for the disappointment and distress this has caused my family, friends and co-workers on 24 and at 20th Century Fox," Sutherland said in a statement. "I appreciate the support and concern that has been extended to me these last weeks both personally and professionally." The 40-year-old 24 star was arrested on September 25 after he was pulled over for making an illegal U-turn in Hollywood. A statement released by 20th Century Fox indicated that Sutherland's jail term would not affect production on 24. "Kiefer made it clear to us at the time of his arrest that his first concern was the welfare of those he worked with and that he intended to do whatever was necessary to prevent shutting down the show because of his situation," said the statement. "He told us that even if he had to sacrifice more time in custody in order to protect the show and the jobs of those who work with him, he would do so. From what occurred today, it is evident he is a man of his word. We wish him well and look forward to a long relationship with him."

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