updated 04/25/2006 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/25/2006 AT 6:30 PM ET
Lost actress Michelle Rodriguez pleaded guilty to DUI charges in Hawaii Tuesday.
The judge at Kaneohe District Court in Oahu offered Rodriguez, 27, a choice between 240 hours of community service or five days in jail. Rodriguez chose the jail time. She will also pay a $500 fine.
Her sentence – minus one day for the night she spent in jail following her Dec. 1 arrest – began Tuesday, although Rodriguez was first allowed to go home to gather some necessities.
After her sentencing, Rodriguez, dressed in a brown leather jacket and ankle-length white ruffled skirt, apologized for her attitude toward police officers the night of her arrest (she allegedly told an officer: “I don’t (expletive) belong here! Why don’t you just put a gun to my head and shoot me!”).
She said that her behavior was influenced by steroids she’s been taking for allergies since she arrived in Hawaii. She also said she’d learned to drive only for a “racing movie” – presumably 2001’s The Fast and the Furious.
Rodriguez and her Lost costar Cynthia Watros were arrested in Oahu early on the morning of Dec. 1, 2005, on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Rodriguez, who plays Ana Lucia, and Watros, 37, who plays Libby, were taken into custody on the Hawaiian island, where the ABC drama is filmed. They had been driving separate cars.
Watros pleaded guilty on Jan. 12. As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, she had her driver’s license suspended for 90 days, agreed to attend 14 hours of alcohol-abuse rehabilitation classes, and pay a total of $307 in fines and court costs.
Rodriguez still faces up to 18 months in Los Angeles County Jail for violating the terms of a 36-month probation stemming from a DUI in Nov. 2003 and a hit and run the previous July.