Collins sentenced in drunken driving case


Gary Collins was sentenced Thursday to four days in jail in a drunken driving case stemming from a crash that police blamed on an 89-year-old motorist.

Los Angeles County Superior Court Commissioner Rebecca Omens instructed the TV host and actor to surrender by Jan. 10 to start serving his sentence.

She also ordered Collins, 69, to serve four years probation upon his release, pay a $500 fine, perform 100 hours of community service, enroll in an 18-month alcohol education program and attend 26 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

A court clerk says Collins was sentenced immediately after pleading no contest to two counts stemming from an October crash in Sherman Oaks.

Collins was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer when his SUV was struck by the other driver in the San Fernando Valley, police said. Collins’ vehicle then crashed into two parked cars.

Collins was not injured, and the older man was taken to a hospital for unspecified injuries.

Collins was not found at fault in the collision, but officers smelled alcohol on his breath.

During his long television career, Collins has made appearances on such series as “JAG,” “Yes, Dear” and “The Young & the Restless” as well as on “The New Hollywood Squares.”

Collins hosted the talk show “Hour Magazine” in the 1980s. He married Mary Anne Mobley, an actress and former Miss America.