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Singer Faith Evans pleads no contest to reckless driving charge


LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Singer Faith Evans pleaded no contest today to a reckless driving charge stemming from her Aug. 21 arrest at a drunken driving checkpoint near Marina del Rey.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Edward Moreton ordered Evans to serve three years on probation, undergo a three-month alcohol program, pay a $300 fine plus penalties and not drive with any measurable amount of alcohol in her system, according to Frank Mateljan of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

The Grammy Award-winning entertainer was taken into custody Aug. 21 at a checkpoint at Washington and Lincoln boulevards. The 37-year-old singer was held for about four hours and released, but her car was impounded.

Evans was married to rapper Christopher Wallace, better known as Notorious B.I.G., who was slain in March 1997. She won a Grammy in 1998 for her tribute to Wallace, called “I’ll Be Missing You.”

In 2004, Evans and record company executive Todd Russaw were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine after a traffic stop in an Atlanta suburb. As a result, the two ended up spending 13 weeks in an addiction treatment program.