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Kiefer Sutherland surrendered to Glendale city jail on Wednesday to begin serving a 48 day sentence for a second drunken driving arrest in three years. Filming of the Fox network TV series 24 is currently suspended due to the writers strike.

The 40 year old actor could have waited until February to begin serving his sentence but opted to surrender immediately after appearing in front of a judge on the matter. His lawyer, Assistant City Attorney Dan Jeffries indicated that Sutherland was very respectful during the court appearance and politely answered the judges questions.

We have seen no indication that Sutherland’s sentence will be shortened for good behavior or crowded jail conditions. We all recall the trio of Hollywood celebrities who had sentences scaled back to as short as 84 minutes. Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Nicole Richie apparently have an in with the legal system of California.