Originally created 05/13/05

Chris Tucker pleads guilty to speeding, eluding police



WARRENTON, Ga. - Actor Chris Tucker has pleaded guilty to speeding and eluding police during a brief chase last month after which the comedian told authorities he didn't hear their sirens because he was on his way to church.

Tucker, 32, entered the pleas Tuesday in Warren County Probate Court and paid a fine of $6,999, court clerk Jeremy Moore said Thursday.

Tucker was driving a Bentley at 109 miles per hour on Interstate 20 on April 17 when Georgia State Patrol troopers attempted to pull him over, Moore said. The speed limit on that stretch of road is 70 miles per hour.

The pursuit lasted for about 10 miles before Tucker stopped, Moore said. Afterward, he told police he was traveling from Atlanta to Columbia, S.C., to go to church, Moore said. The drive is more than 200 miles.

The Atlanta native's movie credits include the "Rush Hour" series and "Jackie Brown." He hosted the 2002 MTV Movie Awards.