Kiefer Sutherland is now a free man.
The actor was released from Glendale City Jail at 12:05 A.M. Monday, January 21 after completing his 48-days sentence for driving under the influence and a probation violation. He, according to Glendale Police Officer John Balian, was ushered out a back door and into a waiting car to avoid the media near the Glendale jail's main entrance.
"[Kiefer] looked like he was glad to be out," Balian said, adding that he was wearing a shirt and jeans when he left, and took home whatever personal belongings he originally brought with him.
Sutherland was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence September 25 in Hollywood after failing a field sobriety test with an alcohol-level three times above the legal limit. Taking into account that he was also on probation for another drink driving violation in 2004, Los Angeles prosecutor asked the court that he be sentenced to 18 days in jail in addition to 30 days for the latest charge.
Had his second misdemeanor charge, driving under the influence, being dropped, Sutherland however was ordered to attend an 18-months alcohol-education class and weekly alcohol-therapy session for six months in addition to the jail time.
Was ordered to serve his jail time by December 21 last year, Sutherland nevertheless began his term early on December 6, spent his birthday, Christmas, and New Year's Eve at the facility. The actor reportedly spent his days on laundry duty, and occasionally did clean-up work, such as emptying trash bins and mopping up.