Kiefer Sutherland mug shot courtesy Glendale Police Department Kiefer Sutherland mug shot courtesy Glendale Police Department

Kiefer Sutherland, who elected to serve his DUI-related jail stint in a singular 48-day stretch so as to ensure his availability for the next season (whenever that might be) of 24, walked out of the Glendale City Jail in the wee hours of Monday morning, as planned. Though he spent his birthday, Christmas and New Year's behind bars - and, I presume, missed the Golden Globes telecast - "He was very cooperative, humble, didn't give us any problems. He never wanted any preferential treatment," a spokesman for the lockup tells the AP. "Forty-eight days is a long time, but as far as we are concerned, he paid his debt to society."

Sutherland was ushered out a back door and into a car at 12:05 am/PT, to avoid the media camped out near the Glendale Jail's main entrance. The actor now must serve five years probation, complete an alcohol education program and attend weekly therapy sessions.

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