Singer Christina Aguilera Detained for Public Intoxication
Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Steve Whitmore addresses the media following Christina Aguilera's arrest. (Photo by Jose Martinez)
Pop star Christina Aguilera was taken into custody Tuesday morning at 2:45 a.m. by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department when the car she was riding in was pulled over. According to Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Steve Whitmore, the car, a Mustang, was pulled over at a traffic stop in the 1100 block of Clark Street in West Hollywood because of an “exhibition of sound.”
The driver, Matthew Rutler, was spinning his tires in such a way that it could be heard 100 yards away. Rutler was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol and was arrested. His blood alcohol content was 0.092, just over the legal limit of 0.08.
Aguilera was the passenger in the vehicle and deputies determined she was intoxicated and unable to care for her safety and was taken into custody. Sheriff’s stressed that she was not involved in any criminal activity and will not be prosecuted.
Aguilera was arrested for public intoxication, a misdemeanor, booked and fingerprinted and placed in a cell where she was held for approximately six hours before being released. Rutler posted bail and was released around 9:30 a.m.