Socialite Nicole Richie has escaped her court-mandated anti-drinking-and-driving class - because she's too pregnant. The Simple Life was sentenced to a brief spell behind bars and the driving school lessons after she pleaded guilty to a DUI charge following a 2006 incident that saw her driving the wrong way down a Los Angeles highway. She served just 82 minutes in prison earlier this year (07) and now her lessons have been halted. A spokeswoman for Richie tells Life + Style magazine, "Anyone who is pregnant or has medical issues can leave the class. "It wasn't Nicole asking - she just showed up one day and the paparazzi were chasing her and she was exhausted. So the director of the program was concerned for her and suggested she take a leave of absence. She didn't get special treatment." Richie reportedly started the 18-month course last month (Nov07).