He was supposed to report to jail as of early May.
But Jason Wahler is instead in rehab, a family member tells People.
"Jason's in rehab, and he's getting help," said the relative, who declined to give her name, possibly because she does not want to be associated with the Laguna Beach loser.
"He's doing well, and he's going to be a new man," she added. "There was a deal made [with prosecutors]."
Jason Wahler, 20, was due to surrender to Los Angeles County jail last week to serve a 60-day sentence after his September arrest and subsequent assault charges, but a judge delayed that in lieu of rehab.
Whether channeling his inner Britney Spears and going to detox will help him evade legal problems stemming from four arrests in as many states is yet to be seen.
"His jail sentence has been suspended for now," L.A. City Attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said. "But we'll be informing the court of Jason Wahler's latest arrest in Seattle at his next progress report hearing June 8."
Wahler had been on 36 months' probation since March, and may be in more trouble if Seattle city attorneys file formal assault and trespassing charges, stemming from his arrest at a Seattle hotel April 8.
If convicted in that case, the ex-beau of Lauren Conrad could be found in violation of probation in L.A., which may result in even more jail time.
In March, Wahler was arrested in Greenville, N.C., on charges of underage drinking and resisting a public officer during a raid at a nightclub.
Earlier this year, he was also found guilty of resisting arrest and bribery stemming from an arrest in New York last September.
Perhaps Paris Hilton should try this approach. When in doubt, check one's self into rehab. Although driving with no license and being slutty aren't treatable addictions.
As for the one-time star of The Hills, look for him to get booted from rehab for kicking someone's ass and uttering racial slurs, then having more charges filed against him.