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Lost' Actor Enters Plea in DUI Case

Patrick McPherson Patrick McPherson
Daniel Dae Kim Daniel Dae Kim

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Daniel Dae Kim, an actor on the hit TV series Lost, entered a plea in his DUI case Friday.

Kim's lawyer enters a not guilty plea at the arraignment, even though the actor issued a public apology after his arrest.

"I'm not going to talk about any statements he made, other than the fact I acknowledge that he made an apology to the state and to the people and to his fans," Patrick McPherson, defense attorney, said. "And that's about it."

Officers took the 39-year-old into custody on suspicion of drunken driving October 25th. Police say Kim was driving erratically in Moiliili. Sources say his blood alcohol level was .168, more than twice the legal limit and considered highly intoxicated.

"There's different penalties for a highly intoxicated driver than there are for someone who blows less than .15," McPherson said.

The attorney says he's still figuring out his defense plan.

"First of all, we've got to get the discovery from the prosecutor's office. Then we can sit down and take a look at it," McPherson said. "And from there, we'll make our decisions on what we're going to do."

Kim has already 'lost' his driver's license. It was revoked for six months during an administrative proceeding last week.

"They have different ramifications," McPherson said. "An administrative proceeding is something that ends up on your driver's abstract. A criminal conviction is just something you carry for rest of your life."

A fact that isn't 'lost' on the actor.

Kim is free on bail. His criminal trial is scheduled for February 15th.

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