Deena from 'Jersey Shore': I didn't use sidewalk
"Jersey Shore" cast member Deena Cortese, center, walks with her attorney Michael Pappa, left, in court after a hearing Tuesday, July, 3, 2012, in Seaside Heights, N.J. The "Jersey Shore" cast member was in Seaside Heights municipal court on a change of interfering with traffic for an incident in which police say she was dancing in a street and blocking the flow of traffic. Cortese pleaded guilty to failing to use the sidewalk and paid a $106 fine.(AP Photo/Mel Evans)
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. (AP) — "Jersey Shore" cast member Deena Cortese got a costly reminder Tuesday of a lesson parents tell their children: Make sure you stay on the sidewalk.
And just to underscore that point, she got a talking-to from her mother outside municipal court, where Cortese had just pleaded guilty to failing to use the sidewalk and paid a $106 fine.
"He doesn't want to see you in that courtroom again," Deena's mom, Joann Cortese, said, referring to the judge who had imposed the fine. Then they hugged and kissed goodbye — on the sidewalk.
"Love you," her mom said.
"Love you, too," Deena replied.
The pint-sized reality star also had to pay $33 in court costs but avoided a criminal conviction by pleading guilty to a violation of the motor vehicle code.
Police arrested her on June 10, saying she was dancing in a roadway and interfering with the flow of traffic. But municipal prosecutor Kim Pascarella said the prosecution did not have enough evidence to prove that charge, agreeing instead to allow her to plead guilty to the lesser offense of not using a sidewalk when one was provided.
"I'm sorry if I caused any trouble," Cortese said, standing before the same bench where co-star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi pleaded guilty to disturbing other beachgoers in 2010.
Municipal Court Judge Dan Sahin gently rebuked Cortese for diverting police officers from more pressing concerns.
"Ms. Cortese, please keep in mind you're taking police officers away from a job they have to do," the judge said. Responding to the call, investigating, arresting her and bringing her back to police headquarters all took valuable time that could have better been spent serving others who needed help, he added.
"Jersey Shore" cast member Deena Cortese walks from court after a hearing Tuesday, July, 3, 2012, in Seaside Heights, N.J. The Cortese was in Seaside Heights municipal court on a change of interfering with traffic for an incident in which police say she was dancing in a street and blocking the flow of traffic. She pleaded guilty to failing to use the sidewalk and paid a $106 fine. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
"The officers here are not the New York City Police Department; we're not 1,000-strong," Sahin said. "They've got a tough job to do."
Cortese hugged her mother and wiped away a few tears as she waited in line with her lawyer, Michael Pappa, to pay the fine at the court clerk's window.
Pappa noted that the police report stated that Cortese appeared to have been drinking before the incident. On her personal website, Cortese calls herself "The Blast In A Glass."
"Deena was in the middle of the road," Pappa told The Associated Press. "Traffic was at a standstill because of summer congestion. She knew she made a mistake and she regrets what she did.