This former star of The O.C. was arrested on December 27, 2007, after she was stopped at 2:46 a.m. by police for driving erratically, her car having been spotted "straddling two lanes of traffic" and failing to signal a turn. Barton was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without a license, possessing a controlled substance and possessing marijuana, as well as driving without a valid license.
She spent about seven hours in jail before being released on $10,000 bail. In April 2008, a judge gave Barton three years of unsupervised probation, ordered her to complete a three-month alcohol-education class and to pay a $2,000 fine.