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Tracey Gold placed on probation

Actress pleaded guilty to felony drunken driving
/ Source: The Associated Press

Former “Growing Pains” actress Tracey Gold was placed on three years’ probation after she pleaded guilty to a second felony drunken driving charge in a rollover crash that injured her husband and two of their three children.

Tracey Gold Marshall, 35, pleaded guilty in January to felony drunken driving.

On Monday, a Superior Court judge decided to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor, but Deputy District Attorney Jeff Gorrell objected and said an earlier plea bargain was off and he wouldn’t drop the child-endangerment charges against Marshall.

To avoid those charges, she pleaded guilty to the second felony drunken-driving charge.

Judge Bruce Clark then placed Marshall on three years’ probation, ordered her to complete 30 days of work release supervised by the jail and 240 hours of community service.

Marshall, who starred on “Growing Pains” from 1985 to 1992, was behind the wheel of a sport utility vehicle on Sept. 3, 2004, when it went off a highway in Moorpark and rolled down an embankment.

Marshall and her 4-month-old son weren’t hurt, but her husband, Roby Marshall, and the couple’s 5- and 7-year-old sons were injured.

Since the crash, Marshall has spoken to high school and college audiences about the hazards of driving while drunk.

Outside court, Marshall said she wanted to let students know “every decision you make you have to be responsible for.”

“It’s been, for me, very healing,” she added.