Debby Ryan Pleads No Contest to Reckless Driving in DUI Case
UPDATE: Following her April arrest for DUI after striking another vehicle, Disney Channel star Debby Ryan has reportedly pleaded no contest to reckless driving, TMZ reports.
The actress will not serve jail time for her arrest, but will face three years probation. In addition, she has been ordered to complete three months in a DUI program, as well as perform an undisclosed amount community service.
During her hearing in Los Angeles on June 30, Ryan's two counts of misdemeanor DUI were dismissed in exchange for her plea. She is due back in court in September to determine how much she will owe for damaging the other car involved in her accident.
ORIGINAL POST (APRIL 14): Most nannies have to submit for a background check when applying for a new gig, but it looks like Jessie Prescott — the bubbly au pair played by Debby Ryan on Disney Channel's show Jessie — might want to avoid that: On April 4, the actress was arrested for driving under the influence, PEOPLE confirms.
According to TMZ, Ryan failed a field sobriety test following an accident in early April in which she struck another vehicle while making a left turn. The actress allegedly blew a .11 (the legal limit is .08) and was released on $100,000 bail. Reportedly, she is facing two criminal charges.
On Wednesday April 13, the Disney Channel star expressed her regret on Twitter, posting, "Over the last few days I have had the chance to think about my actions, and I wish I had used better judgement. I recognize that I am a role model and have always worked hard to set a good example for my millions of fans. I am so sorry to disappoint everyone."
Before landing her role as the lead on Jessie in 2011, Ryan first rose to fame playing Bailey on The Suite Life on Deck, the spin-off for The Suit Life of Zack & Cody. In 2013, she starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie Radio Rebel, and in early 2016 the actress had a recurring role on NBC's The Mysteries of Laura.
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