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Lane Garrison Charged in Misdemeanor Battery Case in Beverly Hills

Actor Lane Garrison — who is on parole in connection with a drunken driving crash that killed a 17-year-old Beverly Hills High School student — was charged today with a misdemeanor count of battery for allegedly hitting his ex-girlfriend.

The 31-year-old former “Prison Break” cast member is set to be arraigned Friday in Beverly Hills Superior Court on the new charge that carries up to a year in county jail and a $2,000 fine, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Garrison allegedly struck Ashley Mattingly as they exited an elevator in an apartment building in the 300 block of North Palm Drive on Saturday, according to Deputy District Attorney Elizabeth Marks.

Garrison was arrested about 2:30 p.m. Sunday and has remained jailed since then.

Garrison was released on parole in April 2009 after serving half of a 40- month prison term for his May 2007 guilty plea to vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence and driving under the influence causing injury, along with a misdemeanor count of providing alcohol to a minor, and admitted an allegation of having a blood-alcohol level of .15 or higher.

The charges stemmed from the death of 17-year-old Vahagn Setian, who was a passenger in the 2001 Land Rover that Garrison was driving when it struck a tree in the 300 block of South Beverly Drive on Dec. 2, 2006. Two other passengers — both 15-year-old girls — survived.

Police said Garrison had a blood-alcohol content of .20 — more than twice the legal limit — at the time of the crash.

Garrison met the teens at a grocery store, bought alcohol for them, followed them to a party and then drove them to another store later to buy more alcohol before crashing into the tree, according to prosecutors.

On the Fox drama series “Prison Break,” Garrison played the character Tweener. The Dallas native’s other credits include the films “Crazy” and “Shooter” and an episode of the short-lived 2005 ABC series “Night Stalker.”

Copyright © 2012 City News Service

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