Jessica Simpson's dad charged with DUI

2012-08-16 10:53

Los Angeles - Los Angeles prosecutors are charging the father of singers Jessica and Ashlee Simpson with two counts of drunken driving after his arrest earlier this month.

City attorney's spokesperson Frank Mateljan said on Wednesday that 54-year-old Joe Simpson faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail, 36 months of probation and a $1 000 fine.

He was arrested on 4 August after authorities say he registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent or above at a drunk-driving checkpoint in the Sherman Oaks area.

The charges were filed on Tuesday. Simpson is due for arraignment on 30 August in a Van Nuys court.

Simpson is a former minister. He helped make stars of his two daughters by managing their singing careers.