"Burn Notice" Star Gets Cool Deal in DUI Case

Burn Notice star claims he was only borderline drunk

By Todd Wright
|  Wednesday, Feb 2, 2011  |  Updated 11:45 AM PDT
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MIAMI - NOVEMBER 17: Jeffrey Donovan attends the Miami Heat vs Phoenix Suns game at AmericanAirlines Arena on November 17, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images)

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The heat is no longer on Jeffrey Donovan.

The Burn Notice star had faced as much as a year behind bars after he was arrested for DUI for almost hitting a Miami cop car in 2009.

But cooler heads appear to have prevailed as Donovan recently pleaded guilty to a reckless driving charge in Miami-Dade court, TMZ.com reports.

The plea helps the 42-year-old Donovan avoid jail time and an embarassing trial for the USA Network's golden boy.

In July 2009, Donovan was having a grand time at the Fontainebleau when he nearly crashed his Audi coupe into a police cruiser that was stopped at a traffic light.

Not really the smartest move for a handsome former secret agent, but Donovan compounded the blunder by opening his mouth.

“The only mistake I made tonight was drinking Benadryl with 3 glasses of wine,” he told police as he was being led away on DUI charges.

Donovan also told the cop he was "only borderline" drunk. A judge sentenced Donovan to six months probation and a $1,000 fine.

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