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By Kristin Peach
Observer Entertainment Writer 

Drake Bell from Home Improvement Arraigned on Second DUI charge.

Known for appearing on The Fairly Odd Parents, The Amanda Show & Drake & Josh

 

Drake Bell at the Kids Choice Awards in 2014

Actor Drake Bell pleaded not guilty today to a DUI charge filed after he was arrested in Glendale late last year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office announced.

The complaint includes one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of another DUI offense.

The D.A. filed charges on Jan. 6, alleging that Bell refused to take a chemical test and that Bell was convicted in 2010 of driving under the influence in San Diego. A second time DUI carries a much stiffer fine and jail time, if a Defendant is convicted.

The defendant entered his plea through his attorney at today's arraignment. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 5 in Department 2 of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Glendale Branch.

On Dec. 21, 2015, Bell was allegedly spotted driving erratically on San Fernando Road, prosecutors said. If convicted as charged, the defendant faces a possible maximum sentence of 365 days in county jail.

Bell remains out on his own recognizance after submitting proof that he has been attending Alcoholics Anonymous classes.

Jared Drake Bell (born June 27, 1986) is an American actor, voice actor, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Born in Newport Beach, California, he began his career as an actor in the early 1990s at the age of five with his first televised appearance on Home Improvement. Bell also appeared in several commercials, such as one for Pokémon Red and Blue, but is best known for his starring roles on Nickelodeon's The Amanda Show, and its spin-off, Drake & Josh. Bell starred in a trilogy of The Fairly OddParents movies on Nickelodeon. Bell is the voice of Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the animated series Ultimate Spider-Man on Disney XD. He appeared on ABC's reality TV series Splash.

Drake Bell at the MTV Awards in 2014

In addition to acting, Bell has a career in music during the early 2000s, at the time of his appearances on The Amanda Show, named Drake 24/7. He also co-wrote and performed the theme song to Drake & Josh, entitled "Found a Way." In 2005 he independently released his debut album, Telegraph, released under Bell's own name. His second album, It's Only Time, was released in 2006 after signing with Universal Motown Records and debuted at #81 on the Billboard 200, selling over 23,000 copies its first week of release. It's Only Time has sold 178,000 copies in the United States as of 2012. His first video album, Drake Bell In Concert, was released in 2008. It debuted at #81 on the Top 100 Mexican Albums Chart. Bell released an EP in 2011 called A Reminder independently. In 2014, Bell released his third album, Ready Steady Go! under indie label Surfdog Records. Ready Steady Go! debuted at #182 on the Billboard 200, and sold 2,000 copies in its first week of release.

 

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