General Hospital star Haley Pullos tries to strike a deal in DUI crash case to ... trends now

General Hospital star Haley Pullos tries to strike a deal in DUI crash case to ... trends now
General Hospital star Haley Pullos tries to strike a deal in DUI crash case to ... trends now

General Hospital star Haley Pullos tries to strike a deal in DUI crash case to ... trends now

General Hospital star Haley Pullos is trying to negotiate a deal with prosecutors over her felony DUI charge from a near-fatal car crash that happened when she allegedly drove the wrong way on a Los Angeles freeway while she was drunk and high.

The 25-year-old actress – facing up to three years in prison – has pleaded not guilty to DUI and another charge of hit-and-run.

But if she changes her plea to guilty, prosecutors would be more likely to agree to a lower sentence resulting in less or no jail time, a suspended sentence or even house arrest.

At a hearing in Pasadena, north of Los Angeles Wednesday, Judge Terry Smerling heard that the LA District Attorney and Pullos's attorneys have been working on a 'potential settlement'.

Haley Pullos, 25, was charged with a DUI following a crash in April, which cops said happened while she was driving the wrong way on a Pasadena freeway. The General Hospital actress is now trying to negotiate a deal with prosecutors to change her plea to guilty and agree to a lower sentence

Haley Pullos, 25, was charged with a DUI following a crash in April, which cops said happened while she was driving the wrong way on a Pasadena freeway. The General Hospital actress is now trying to negotiate a deal with prosecutors to change her plea to guilty and agree to a lower sentence

After the crash, California Highway Patrol and Pasadena fire officials released photos of the late-night crash's aftermath, showing both Pullos' and the 23-year-old victim's cars completely totaled and sprawled along Arroyo Seco Parkway

After the crash, California Highway Patrol and Pasadena fire officials released photos of the late-night crash's aftermath, showing both Pullos' and the 23-year-old victim's cars completely totaled and sprawled along Arroyo Seco Parkway

The judge scheduled another hearing April 8 which he said – after numerous unresolved hearings since last July – 'should be the final.'

Deputy District Attorney Melany Avanessians told Judge Smerling that if no plea agreement is in place by April 8, 'we will send her to a preliminary hearing' meaning Pullos would be on her way to a full trial.

Pullos – who has played Molly Lansing-Davis on the popular daytime soap opera since she was 11 -– was not in court Wednesday.

Pullos wore a brace on her ankle for several weeks after the crash

Pullos wore a brace on her ankle for several weeks after the crash 

She was on crutches, due to her injuries from the accident, when she first appeared in court last July. But by her most recent court appearance last month, the brace was gone.

Her wounds were evidently minor compared to the 'life threatening and lasting' injuries suffered by the other driver, 23 year-old Courtney Wilder, whose car Pullos collided head-on with on the 134 Ventura Freeway in Pasadena last April.

Wilder, who was rushed in critical condition to a local hospital to undergo emergency surgery, is now suing the actress in civil court, seeking damages for negligence.

Pullos was charged with DUI causing injury and another felony count of driving with over 0.08 blood alcohol content causing injury. Typically, only one of theses DUIs is prosecuted and carries a jail term of up to three years, plus a $5,000 fine.

She was also charged with hit-and-run resulting from allegedly running into a parked car just before the freeway

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