Gilligan's Mary Ann Ducks Dope Charge

Dawn Wells, 69, faces 6 months' probation for reckless driving
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 11, 2008 6:44 PM CDT
Writer/producer Sherwood Schwartz receives a kiss from actresses Florence Henderson, left, and Dawn Wells during a ceremony where Schwartz was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Dawn Wells, better known as Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island, has ducked a dope charge but will serve 6 months' probation for reckless driving, the AP reports. A sheriff's deputy pulled her over in Teton County, Idaho last year and smelled marijuana in the car; the former actress failed a sobriety test, but avoided a drug charge by pleading guilty to reckless driving.

Wells, 69, was on her way home from a surprise birthday party last October when she was pulled over. The deputy searched the car and found half-smoked joints, which Wells said were left behind by hitchhikers. She paid a $410 fine and spent 5 days in jail, but a friend later testified that he had left the grass in her car and that she left the party sober.