Richie had been sentenced to four days in jail after pleading no contest. Officials said her short stay Thursday in the Century Regional Detention Center was consistent with a federal court order to reduce overcrowding, The Los Angeles Times reported.
The California Highway Patrol pulled Richie over in December on a highway in Burbank. Officers said she admitted she had ingested marijuana and the painkiller Vicodin.
The jail where Richie was incarcerated from 3:15 p.m. to 4:37 p.m. is the same one where Paris Hilton, her co-star on “The Simple Life,” spent a brief time on a parole violation charge.