Actor Marion `Pooch' Hall Pleads No Contest to DUI, Child Endangerment


PASADENA (CNS) - An actor from the TV show ``Ray Donovan,'' who crashed his Chrysler sedan into a parked car last October while driving with his 2-year-old son on his lap, pleaded no contest today to misdemeanor DUI and child endangerment charges.

Marion ``Pooch'' Henry Hall, 45, of Sherman Oaks, was ordered to attend one year of parenting classes and to complete a three-month residential alcohol treatment program and three years probation as a result of his plea to one misdemeanor count each of driving with a blood-alcohol content over 0.08 percent and child endangerment.

Hall's driver's license was also suspended for six months, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

Hall -- who portrays the half-brother of Live Schreiber's character on Showtime's ``Ray Donovan'' -- was taken into custody Oct. 3 in the 200 block of North Buena Vista Street in Burbank. He was released the next morning on $100,000 bail.

``When police officers arrived, witnesses reported seeing a man driving a Chrysler 300 sedan weaving in and out of traffic with a small child seated on his lap,'' Burbank police Sgt. Derek Green said shortly after Hall's arrest. ``One witness reported seeing the child's hands on the steering wheel. This driver ultimately collided with a parked vehicle and was detained at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence.''

Hall ``displayed obvious signs of alcohol intoxication and was unable to perform standardized field sobriety tests,'' Green said then. ``Mr Hall's 2- year-old son ... was determined to have been riding in the vehicle unrestrained, as required by law.''

No one was reported injured, Green said, and the boy was released to the custody of Hall's wife at the crash scene.


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