Paris Hilton was able to skate on her recent drug charges, but it doesn’t look like the globe-hopping socialite’s boyfriend will be so lucky.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that former nightclub impresario Cy Waits is facing three criminal charges in connection with the couple’s arrest on the Las Vegas Strip in August. At the time, Waits was arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana and Hilton was taken in for cocaine possession.
Hilton eventually pleaded guilty to misdemeanors and was sentenced to a year of probation, but now the hammer could come down on Waits.
Prosecutors filed a criminal complaint on Thursday in which they revealed plans to charge Waits, 35, with three counts in the incident, including a felony charge of driving under the influence of marijuana and two misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence of a controlled substance (marijuana) and possession of a controlled substance (also marijuana). Waits already lost his gig running nightclubs for hotelier Steve Wynn as a result of the incident.
According to the arrest report, after Waits’ Escalade was pulled over around 11:30 on the night of August 27 in front of the Wynn Las Vegas, he failed several impairment tests, including swaying while trying to balance, using his arms to balance and not being able to stand on one leg without putting his foot down. In addition, the report stated that he had bloodshot eyes and his breath smelled of alcohol.
In his report, arresting officer Michael Polion wrote, “I could smell marijuana coming out of the vehicle, pulled up to passenger side and driver stated he just got done smoking.” Once police searched the car, they found a “roach,” which was described as “wet + unable to be tested.” Officers also found a package of Zig-Zag-brand rolling papers in Hilton’s possession. The hotel heiress was also arrested after a small bindle of cocaine fell out of her purse while she was speaking to another officer. Hilton pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors in September.
Waits’ lawyer has questioned why the vehicle was pulled over, since the officer did not report any traffic infraction or observe any signs that Waits was impaired before the stop.
If convicted on the felony charge, Waits could get four years in prison and mandatory probation. His arraignment is set for February 17.