Reckless driving: Ray Liotta pleads no contest

2007-12-07 04:22:41 Xinhua English

BEIJING, Dec. 7 (Xinhuanet) -- Actor Ray Liotta has pleaded no contest to a reckless driving charge after police say he drove into two parked cars.

Liotta, who is perhaps best known for playing gangster Henry Hill in the 1990 film "Goodfellas," or for the scene in "Hannibal" where Anthony Hopkins sautes pieces of his brain and feeds them to him, entered the plea Wednesday as part of a deal with prosecutors, city attorney's office spokesman Frank Mateljan said Thursday.

Liotta initially was charged with misdemeanor driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He could have faced up to six months in jail if convicted of that charge, Mateljan said.

"Ray had some unexpected drowsiness from the interaction of some medications prescribed by his doctor," said his attorney, Blair Berk.

Under the terms of his plea, Liotta was given three yearsˇ¦probation and ordered to enter a 12-hour alcohol education program, according to court documents.

Liotta was arrested in February following the non-injury crash in the Pacific Palisades section of Los Angeles.

Liotta will have to pay 1,328 U.S. dollars in restitution and fines and pay the owners of the damaged vehicles, the court papers said.