Richie Sambora has been sentenced to three years probation after pleading guilty to drunk-driving.

The Bon Jovi guitarist was pulled over by police on March 25th in Laguna Beach, California, for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) after police observed his vehicle weaving in traffic.

And as Ava, his ten-year-old daughter with ex-wife Heather Locklear, was in the car, local officers had recommended that Sambora face additional charges of child endangerment.

However, People magazine reports that prosecutors at a Newport Beach, California court, declined to level that charge against the musician with that charge.

Though the 48-year-old was not present at the hearing on Wednesday, his attorney entered a guilty plea to one count of DUI on his behalf.

He has been sentenced to three years probation, a three-month alcohol education class and must pay legal fees.

According to Farrah Emami, a spokesperson for the Orange County district attorney, the guitarist avoided the child endangerment charge as his driving was not overly erratic and he had not been speeding.

"We believe that in order for us to file child endangerment charges there would have had to be additional aggravating circumstances," she told the Reuters news agency.

The March arrest capped a difficult year for Sambora, 48, who entered a rehabilitation facility in June 2007 for an undisclosed problem.

He and actress Denise Richards also split last year after dating for more than 12 months and in the month that his divorce from Locklear was finalised, his father died of lung cancer.


23/04/2008 08:25:49