Hollywood-bound Idol was convicted of DUI, arrested for hit and run, says he “was young and dumb”

The day after the second episode of American Idol 6 aired, the first news about one contestant’s criminal past has been released.

Thomas Daniels, who made it to Hollywood from Seattle, “was convicted of DUI in Clackamas, Oregon,” in 2004, according to TMZ.

He “pled guilty and was sentenced to a one-year alcohol diversion program and a $680 fine,” and “also attended eight AA meetings and saw a counselor once a week for two months,” TMZ says.

Daniels talked to TMZ, and said, “I was young and dumb and drinking and driving.” He was also involved in what he describes as “another young and dumb situation.” TMZ reports that, “[i]n December 2005, Daniels was arrested again; this time for hit and run. He failed to appear in court for the arraignment for the hit and run, so Daniels was arrested again.”

Most interestingly, MTV says that when they “asked if he disclosed his criminal past to ‘American Idol’ producers, Daniels had no comment.”

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