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    Jason Priestley Charged with DUI

    The way we see it, Jason Priestley's New Year's resolution is a no-brainer.

    Stay out of jail.

    The former Beverly Hills, 90210 do-gooder has been slapped with felony drunken driving charges, Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Mark B. Vezzani said. If convicted, the actor could spend up to three years in a state lockup.

    The charges, filed yesterday, stem from an accident earlier this month when Priestley, 30, plowed his 1999 silver Porsche into trash cans, a power pole and a parked car. He walked away from the totaled car injury-free, but his passenger, 27-year-old Chad Cook, suffered a broken arm.

    Priestley said he had swerved to avoid a deer.

    Police didn't buy that story and arrested the actor on suspicion of drunken driving. A blood-alcohol test showed Priestley's topping the California legal limit of 0.08 percent.

    Prosecutors charged Priestley with two felony counts--causing injury while driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol level above the legal limit.

    Priestley remains free on $50,000 bail and is due in court for a hearing December 28.

    No word on whether the pesky DUI charges will derail the actor's London stage debut. He's preparing to star in the West End production of Side Man beginning in February.

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