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OTRC: Jaime Pressly pleads not guilty to DUI

Jaime Pressly of 'My Name Is Earl' was arrested in Los Angeles in January 2011 on suspicion of drunk driving and spent a night in jail. She pleaded not guilty to two DUI charges a month later. At a hearing on Aug. 25, 2011, Pressly pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood-alcohol .08 percent or higher as part of a plea deal, in which the additional DUI charge was dismissed, Los Angeles court officials told OnTheRedCarpet.com. She was sentenced to three years of summary probation, a type that is often issued in misdemeanor cases and which does not carry the obligation of reporting to a probation officer. The actress had faced a potential 6-month jail sentence for her initial DUI charges. (Pictured: Jaime Pressly appears in a mug shot taken on Jan. 5, 2011 after her arrest on suspicion of DUI in Santa Monica, California. / Jaime Pressly appears in a scene from the comedy series, 'My Name is Earl.') (Santa Monica Police Department / NBC)

Jaime Pressly recently pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence after being charged earlier this week.

The 33-year-old Emmy-winning actress, who starred in the comedy series "My Name is Earl," was arrested on January 6 in Los Angeles after being stopped for a traffic violation. She spent the night in jail.

Pressly registered a .22 blood alcohol level, nearly three times the legal limit, according to People magazine, which said she pleaded guilty to two two misdemeanor DUI charges. She is set to appear at a hearing on the case on March 18, it added.

Pressly played Joy Turner on "My Name is Earl," which starred Jason Lee, from 2005 to 2009. She also starred in films such as "Can't Hardly Wait" in 1998 and "I Love You Man" in 2009.

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