Richie's probation cut short

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NICOLE Richie's probation for a 2006 offence has been terminated.

The 29-year-old socialite - who was charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in 2006 after travelling the wrong way down a Los Angeles freeway - had her probation cut short by more than a month after her lawyer Shawn Chapman Holley proved she had fulfilled all of its conditions by attending court-ordered alcohol education classes.

After taking parting the education programme for the past 18 months, a Los Angles judge agreed to terminate the stint yesterday (29.12.10) prior to its original end date in February 2011 after hearing the reality TV star had received a positive evaluation from class leaders.

However, Nicole - who has two children, Harlow, two, and 15-month-old Sparrow with rocker husband Joel Madden - hasn't always adhered to the programme so well.

In June, the star had her probation extended after failing to attend the court-ordered classes, saying at the time she was finding it difficult to balance attending with raising her kids.

Nicole has previously admitted she will never forgive herself for her actions and can't escape the thought she could have killed someone.

She said: "There's absolutely no way I will do anything like that again. I never took life seriously before. I'm in a completely different place now. I have a responsibility now. I have to really be someone I want my child to look up to."

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