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    Bleeth Gets Probation in Drug Bust

    These days, you have a couple of choices if you want to see Yasmine Bleeth--she'll either be running down the Malibu beach in Baywatch reruns or sitting in front of a surban Detroit judge in the far more captivating series we like to call Celebrity Courtwatch.

    Too bad for her the latter isn't fiction.

    Bleeth, 33, was sentenced Wednesday in Michigan to two years' probation on a felony cocaine-possession charge.

    There wasn't much drama at the courthouse, though--to avoid jail time, the actress worked out a deal last fall in which she agreed to go on probation, submit to regular drug tests, do 100 hours of community service and pay court costs. The judge just made things official Wednesday.

    A puffy-looking Bleeth, dressed in a light brown sweater and dark pants, nodded as the judge ran through the terms of her probation before briefly addressing the court.

    "I have been sober four months. I am sorry. I think that's all I want to say right now. Thank you," she said.

    Bleeth left court without speaking to reporters. She will soon be heading back to her home California.

    Bleeth pleaded guilty in November to possessing less than 25 grams of cocaine and to driving while impaired after she was caught with cocaine in her pocketbook following a September car accident.

    In exchange for her plea, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office dropped one of her two felony coke possession charges.

    The actress, whose recent credits included Nash Bridges and the short-lived NBC soap Titans, was busted September 12 after she and 31-year-old companion Paul Cerrito were in a car accident while driving on Interstate 94 in Romulus, Michigan. The pair were heading to Detroit Metropolitan Airport when her car pulled off the highway and wound up on a median.

    No one was injured, but police later searched her purse and found four syringes containing a liquid form of cocaine and a small plastic bag with cocaine residue. Then, a day after her arrest (and after she spent the night in jail), police obtained a search warrant for her hotel room and allegedly found more cocaine and narcotics paraphernalia.

    Cerrito was charged with one count of possession of less than 25 grams of cocaine and a count of being a habitual offender-third offense--Michigan's version of the three-strikes law.

    Bleeth's lawyer, Jerry Sabbota, says the actress was "happy" with the plea deal, noting that her record will be cleared of any felonies after she fulfills the terms of her probation.

    "When all is said and done she'll have a traffic ticket on her record," he said after Wednesday's hearing.

    Although she is not currently in rehab, Sabbota has previously said Bleeth is undergoing psychotherapy from the founder of the Malibu-based Promises rehab facility, where Bleeth and stars such as Paula Poundstone, Ben Affleck, Charlie Sheen and Tim Allen have all sought treatment.

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