Paris Hilton was released from a Las Vegas, Nevada, jail Saturday morning after being arrested late the night before on suspicion of cocaine possession, police said Saturday.
The Las Vegas Police Department have released few details about the case.
But a police official said she was riding in a black Cadillac Escalade near Wynn Hotel about 11.30pm local time on Friday when police smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and pulled it over.
Both Hilton and the driver were arrested. Her boyfriend Cy Waits, who was driving the car, was booked on charges of DUI.
‘‘Officers noticed a vehicle leaving smoke trail of a controlled substance (and) made a stop based on that,’’ Las Vegas police spokesman Marcus Martin said.
During the stop, officers found what appeared to be a drug on Hilton and later tests showed that it was cocaine, Martin said. He didn’t know how much was found.
He said Hilton was apparently recognised by passers-by and a crowd quickly gathered in the area where the vehicle had been pulled over.
The socialite was booked into the Clark County Detention Centre early on Saturday, Las Vegas police spokesman said.
She was released at around 2.30am local time on Saturday before dawn on her own recognisance.
He didn’t know how long she had been held nor any details about a possible court date. Paris Hilton’s attorney David Chesnoff has asked people not to judge the heiress for her drug arrest until all the facts are known.
“Paris Hilton was released this morning on her own recognizance,” he said today. “This matter will be dealt with in the courts not in the media and I encourage people not to rush to judgement until all of the facts have been dealt with in a court of law. There will be no interviews and no more comments at this time.”
Hilton is denying the cocaine allegedly found in her car in Las Vegas last night is hers. It is the same defence she successfully used when facing drug charges in South Africa last month.
Hilton insists the purse in which the drugs were allegedly found by police doesn’t belong to her, sources close to Hilton have told celebrity website TMZ. And she has hired high-powered Vegas lawyer Chesnoff to handle the case.
Although Hilton was the only woman in the car that was stopped, she had been partying earlier at a club where her purse could have been mixed up with someone else’s, says TMZ.
The arrest came during a week in which a burglary attempt was made on Hilton’s Los Angeles home.
Officials said 31-year-old Nathan Lee Parada faces a felony burglary charge in the incident on Tuesday.
Authorities have said that someone carrying two big knives banged on Hilton’s window. She posted a photo of the arrest on Twitter and described it as ‘‘scary.’’
Hilton was arrested this summer after the Brazil-Netherlands World Cup match in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on suspicion of possession of marijuana. The case was then dropped at a midnight court hearing.
Hilton pleaded no contest in 2007 to alcohol-related reckless driving and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.
After spending about 23 days in jail, Hilton told US television host Larry King that the experience caused her to re-evaluate the role partying played in her life. She said she wanted ‘‘to help raise money for kids and for breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.’’
While most famous for her tabloid exploits and reality TV series ‘‘The Simple Life,’’ Hilton has appeared in the films Bottoms Up, The Hottie & the Nottie and House of Wax. [via Sydney Morning Herald, National Post]