Nickelodeon star Drake Bell has been released from jail after serving less than 48 hours.
The Drake & Josh star, who was sentenced to the mandatory 96 hours behind bars after his second DUI conviction, walked free on Saturday evening at around 6pm. TMZ reports that the star was locked up on Friday but released early due to good behaviour.
It was reported on Saturday that Drake had struck a plea deal to serve 96 hours in L.A. County Jail. He received his second DUI conviction this past January.
The sentence is mandatory for the 30-year-old, as the January offence was his second, after having been busted for a DUI in San Diego back in 2009. Drake will also placed on four years probation and must attend an alcohol education program in addition to the jail time.
The second charge came in January as Drake was allegedly caught straddling a lane and driving 55 in a 35 MPH zone in Los Angeles County.
He had been pulled over in the early hours in the city of Glendale after officers supposedly spotted his erratic driving and saw him make a sudden stop at a red light.
A Glendale Police spokesman told People that he was stopped on December 21 at around 2:18 am, and that lawmen ‘smelled an odor of alcohol‘ from him. He was then ordered to take a sobriety test which he was unable to complete to the satisfaction of the police officers. At the time, Drake was arrested on suspicion of DUI and then later released after posting $20,000 bail.
Back in January Los Angeles District Attorney’s office spokesperson Ricardo Santiago said that Drake had been charged with misdemeanour DUI, which has a maximum sentence of one year in county jail.
After appearing in commercials Drake became a child star when he scored a role on Amanda Bynes’ comedy sketch vehicle The Amanda Show. After he ended his spell on that show he was given his own, as aspiring musician Drake Parker on Drake & Josh, which ran from 2004 until 2007.
He has continued to work in television, notably as the titular role in Ultimate Spider-Man, and he has also been focusing on launching a more adult-oriented music career, with his most recent album being 2014’s Ready, Steady, Go.