Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 May 2015

Drunken Aguilera 'mugshot' revealed

E! News released this mugshot following Christina Aguilera's arrest
E! News released this mugshot following Christina Aguilera's arrest

A mugshot has surfaced which US media say shows Christina Aguilera after she was arrested in LA on suspicion of being drunk in public.

The 30-year-old singer and actress was "extremely intoxicated" when a car driven by her boyfriend was stopped at about 2.45am on Tuesday, Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Bill McSweeney said, although she will not be prosecuted.

Following her release, E! News revealed the leaked mugshot, after police had said they would not be putting out an image because there would be no charges.

Talking about the arrest, Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said the Burlesque star "didn't really understand where she was" but was cooperative. "She was not belligerent in any way whatsoever," he added.

Deputies saw the Mustang "burn rubber" and fishtail onto a street, he said, prompting them to stop the car just off Sunset Strip.

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 per cent. In California, a driver is legally under the influence at or above 0.08 per cent.

Rutler was arrested on suspicion of DUI and later released on 5,000 dollars bail.

McSweeney said Christina 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.

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. However, the misdemeanour arrest will remain on her record.

Christina was kept in a cell until she was able to pass another sobriety test.

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