Friday, January 28, 2011

Theodora, hrh Princess busted for DUI, charge later dropped

Princess Theodora of Greece and Denmark was "charged with driving under the influence of alcohol while tearing through Monterey County" on September 17.  She was "nailed by police in Salinas" and was found to have a blood alcohol level of .07, which is just under the legal limit in California.   But at the officer's discretion, drivers "can still be charged with impairment.
The "haughty princess" arrived for her arraignment in September with her checkbook, ready to pay the fine as she thought she be able to pay her ticket and leave.  She had to hire a lawyer after she was told that she would go on trial for DUI - Driving Under the Influence.  Her stage name is Theodora Greece.  She played the Impressed Lady in the 2009 film, The Lightkeepers, starring Robert de Niro and Blythe Danner.

Princess Theodora, 27, is the younger daughter of King Constantine II and Queen Anne Marie.  She attended Brown University in Rhode Island, and Northeastern University.  

She appeared in the Monterey County Court on Wednesday, accompanied by her lawyer, Marlene Clara Zamora, where she pleaded no contest "of driving a motor vehicle in excess of 100 mph and following too closely."  The original DUI charged was dropped.
The charge is considered a misdemeanor.

Theodora, who lives in Los Angeles and is pursuing an acting career, was fined $1000 plus court fees.  She was listed in the complaint as People vs Theodora, Hrh Princess.  Theodora considered the last name, Hrh the first name and Princess the middle name. 
According to court records,  she was arraigned by citation on September 21.  This was followed by a Plea hearing on October 21.  A pre-trial conference was held on December 8, which was followed by two Plea Hearings, the first on January 11 and the final hearing on January 27.

 http://montereycitynews.com/2010/10/25/princess-charged-with-dui-awaits-trial.html

http://www.montereyherald.com/local/ci_17215072?nclick_check=1

12 comments:

Alexandra said...

Marlene, I wrote about this story yesterday, and you should know that Princess Theodora original charge was changed to "speeding" (she was driving at an excess of 100MPH and following too closely.)

As a result, she was fined $1,000 plus court fees and released on January 26, 2011.

Here's the end result story:
http://royalcorrespondent.com/2011/01/27/hrh-princess-theodora-of-greece-makes-a-court-appearance-in-monterey-ca/

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

If you read my entire story, you would have seen that I also wrote she was fined ..

Alexandra said...

I did read your entire story, Marlene, and you just added a new link (referring to the fine) and additional commentary minutes ago.

:)

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Actually, it's been there awhile - in the queue - you read the first version, while I still working on the second version. The story came into my news queue this morning - and I wanted to get the public records before finishing .. I had to search through hundreds of cases to find Theodora's -- by the way, I have no idea who you are .. and, I am sorry to say, I rarely ever read anyone else's blogs.

luc p.s. du vin said...

A doozy of a story. Her name must appear on her driver's license as HRH Princess Theodora, as that is how the California DMV reports traffic violations. First, middle and last names , in that order. I wonder if the DMV employee who processed the HRH's license understood that the first and middle names were really royal titles, albeit defunct.

luc p.s. du vin said...
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Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

I doubt she had a California license, and most likely a British drivers license ... but remember, the greeks do not have a last name!

luc p.s. du vin said...

Sorry, I mixed this up. The license must read HRH Princess Theodora, just as her name would appear on a royal baptismal record. So, as you noted, Theodora would look like her last name and HRH her first name and Princess her middle name. Princess indeed. Well, I had a friend in 4th grade whose first name was WL, so maybe HRH would make sense to some as a first name.

MAXny said...

No matter what she was charged with, it was a dangerous & foolish act.

DW said...

Driving in excess of 100 mph and following too closely? Not terribly bright....

Diane said...

Distracted driving, drunk driving, aggressive driving - all should be punished no matter who you are or your heritage. Creates too much sorrow for so many in loss of loved ones. I hope she learns her lesson.

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