American Idol Contestant Has Oregon DUI

One of the few contestants to impress the judges at the Seattle auditions of American Idol has a DUI arrest record.

Thomas Daniels, 21, entered a guilty plea to an Oregon DUI arrest in 2004, and was required to pay a fine, join a one-year alcohol program, attend AA meetings and regularly see a probation counselor.

The DUI arrest was to be expunged from his records after completion of the court mandated requirements stemming from his conviction.

The Oregon DUI was not Daniels’ only arrest. In late 2005 he was involved with a hit-and-run accident. He failed to appear in court for that incident and he was arrested again.

Daniels did not indicate whether he disclosed his criminal past to the producers of American Idol.

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