​Cat Cora DUI Plea Gets Iron Chef Three Years Probation

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August 17, 2012

Iron Chef Cat Cora enters DUI plea from a car crash in June.

Cat Cora was sentenced to three years probation, nine months of DUI school, and $2,386 in fines after entered her plea stemming from a car crash in Santa Barbara, California.

The Iron Chef got a super-sweet plea deal from the the Santa Barbara County District Attorney, in which “she won’t spend a day behind bars … as long as she fulfills her probation and DUI school obligations.”

Over the past couple of months, video and 911 tapes emerged of her drunk driving accident.

In a video shot by a bystander, she was noticeably woozy and called the people filming her “two nerds.”

Santa Barbara police said Cora, 45, rear-ended a BMW with her Chevy Tahoe about 6:15 p.m. June 17. No one was injured. She admitted to police that she had three bottles of beer before driving that evening, and her breath samples registered at 0.19 and 0.20, which is more than twice the legal limit.

In the 911 call, the person Cora rear-ended said, “She’s yelling and acting really weird… She’s just been very aggressive… She was just driving insane.”

The Wingfield High School graduate and co-host of Bravo’s “Around the World in 80 Plates,” said after her arrest that she regrets her decision to drive that night and has learned a very important lesson.