'Lost' actor apologizes, pleads no contest to drunken driving

Daniel Dae Kim
Daniel Dae Kim

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - An actor on the hit TV series 'Lost' threw in the towel and pleaded no contest to driving under the influence Thursday.

Daniel Dae Kim flashes a smile as he arrives at Honolulu District Court with his attorney. Some with traffic cases are a bit star-struck when the actor walks into their courtroom.

"I do, your honor," Kim said to the judge.

In the end, he's like any defendant having to answer to a DUI charge.

"The defendant here chose to drink and drive, and that is very dangerous behavior," Lisa DeMello, deputy prosecutor, said. "These are the worst type of drivers, your honor."

Police say Kim was driving erratically in Moiliili last October. With a blood alcohol level of .168, more than twice the legal limit, prosecutors classify him as a highly-intoxicated driver.

Nearly a year after his arrest, he prepares to give up his court fight.

"He has basically played the system out to the fullest extent," DeMello said.

"He asserted his Constitutional rights and that's all he did," Patrick McPherson, defense attorney, said. "He's come today and he's taking responsibility for his actions."

After the 40-year-old pleads no contest, the judge orders him to pay a $500 fine plus court fees, and perform 72 hours of community service.

"I'm just grateful and relieved that this matter has been resolved," Kim said after the hearing. "It's been a pretty difficult time for my family and me. But I'm glad I had a chance to take responsibility for my mistake."

For fans of 'Lost,' he has this message.

"I would just say that I'm very sorry for disappointing them," he said. "It was a human but very, very bad mistake, and one that I don't plan on making again."

Kim's driver's license was revoked for six months during an administrative hearing last November. His attorney says he has since been re-licensed.