Mischa Barton charged with drunk driving

CAUGHT AGAIN: Actress Mischa Barton was charged with drunken driving, marijuana possession and driving without a licence.
CAUGHT AGAIN: Actress Mischa Barton was charged with drunken driving, marijuana possession and driving without a licence.

Actress Mischa Barton has been charged with drunk driving, marijuana possession and driving without a licence, Los Angeles prosecutors said.

Barton, 22, best known for her role as Marissa Cooper on the hit television show The OC, was stopped by police while driving in West Hollywood around 3am on December 27.

Police said at the time her car was straddling two lanes of traffic and she failed to signal when making a turn.

Barton spent about seven hours in jail before being released on $US10,000 bail.

Prosecutors said she would make a formal court appearance on Thursday on the misdemeanor charges.

Barton's arrest followed those of celebrities Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Lindsay Lohan, all of whom were charged with driving offences in 2007.

Reuters