The actress who played Mary Ann on "Gilligan's Island" told "FOX and Friends" Friday morning that it was not her marijuana that was found in her car last fall and that another man admitted it was his.
Dawn Wells, 69, said she was pulled over in Idaho in October after a surprise birthday party that was held in her honor.
"I was driving home, and I went home about 2 miles to my house, and I was fiddling with my heater — it's a company car, people had had my car all day long, it's a new car to me — and I was trying to turn the heater on, I couldn't find the controls, and I was weaving, and what a mistake. I should have pulled over and taken care of the heater and pulled over or made a phone call," she told FOX.
"The policeman stopped me, and I said 'I wasn't speeding, officer.' And he said, 'no.' And I said, 'I have had a couple of drinks.' I had two drinks. And then he asked me to get out of the car and did some kind of test with me. He didn't give me a breathalyzer, and then he asked me if he could search the car, and I said, 'Sure, go ahead,' and he discovered marijuana. I didn't know it was there. I would never have said 'go ahead and search the car,'" she continued.
Her lawyer Ron Swafford told FOX that within a few days they learned that the individual who had borrowed her car during that entire day had come forward and identified himself and agreed to take responsibility.
That individual appeared before the court and stated that it was his marijuana, that Wells had no knowledge of it and that he was solely responsible. He came from out of state, he was sentenced, he went to jail and they voluntarily dismissed the charges against Wells. It was not a plea agreement, Swafford said.
Swafford added that Wells was given a standard sentence for reckless driving.
Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported that Wells was sentenced to five days in jail and six months' unsupervised probation and fined $410.50 after pleading guilty to one count of reckless driving.
The guilty plea came as part of an agreement with prosecutors in which three misdemeanor counts — driving under the influence, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance — were dropped, the Associated Press said.
Wells is the founder of the Idaho Film and Television Institute in Driggs and the organizer of the region's annual family movie festival called the Spud Fest.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.