Aguilera Rutler Public Intoxication
December 5, 2011 by staff
Aguilera Rutler Public Intoxication, Fresh from a stumble at the Grammys and muffing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, singer Christina Aguilera was arrested early Tuesday near the Sunset Strip on suspicion of being drunk in public but will not be prosecuted, authorities said.
Aguilera, 30, was “extremely intoxicated” when a car driven by her boyfriend was stopped at about 2:45 a.m. on Clark Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Bill McSweeney said.
Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said Aguilera “didn’t really understand where she was” but was cooperative.
“She was not belligerent in any way whatsoever,” Whitmore said.
Deputies saw the Mustang “burn rubber” and fishtail onto a street, he said.
The noise could be heard 100 feet away and constituted an “exhibition of speed” that prompted deputies to immediately stop the car, Whitmore said.
They smelled alcohol on the breath of 25-year-old Matthew Rutler, and a field sobriety test found him to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.09 percent, Whitmore said.
In California, a driver is legally under the influence at or above 0.08 percent.
The car was stopped just off the Sunset Strip, not far from such famous nightspots as Whiskey A Go-Go and the Viper Room.
Rutler was arrested on suspicion of DUI and later released on $5,000 bail. Sheriff’s officials didn’t know if Rutler had hired an attorney, and no phone listing for him could be found.
McSweeney said Aguilera appeared too drunk to care for herself and had no driver to take her home. She was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public so she could be held at the West Hollywood sheriff’s station, he said.
Whitmore did not know much the 5-foot-2, 100-pound Aguilera may have been drinking.
She was given a breath test but the results will not be made public because she had no criminal intent and will not be prosecuted, he said. However, the misdemeanor arrest will remain on her record.
Aguilera did not ask to have anyone pick her up during the 30 to 45 minutes that deputies were at the car, Whitmore said.
“She didn’t really understand where she was,” he said. “She said she didn’t drive so she didn’t even know where she lived.”
Whitmore said Aguilera was booked, fingerprinted and put alone in a cell. She was kept there until she was able to pass another sobriety test.
“When she was able to navigate and think on her own … she was released” on $250 bail, he said.
Aguilera was released from the back of the station at about 7:30 a.m., avoiding a cluster of paparazzi out front. She was driven home by an acquaintance who may have been a bodyguard, Whitmore said.
“It ends here,” he said. “She’s home safe and sound so, you know, job accomplished.”
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