At 3:40 in the morning on July 6, 1990, Harry Nilsson was stopped by the California Highway Patrol between Sunset Blvd and Santa Monica Blvd on North Palm Drive in Beverly Hills, California. His blood alcohol reading was .23 or .24, about three times the legal limit.[1]


Nilsson was driving a Mercedes-Benz with two passengers in the car.


At his arraignment on August 30, 1990, Nilsson entered a Not Guilty plea to charges of misdemeanor drunk driving and driving without the proper insurance. Nilsson was represented by his attorney and was not present at the hearing.[2]


On April 8, 1991, Harry Nilsson appeared before Municipal Judge David Kidney where Nilsson changed his plea to No Contest and agreed to enroll in a treatment program.[3]