Erin Brockovich-Ellis, a consumer and legal advocate who came to fame in 2000 when Julia Roberts played her in a movie about her life, has issued an apology after being arrested Friday for operating a boat while intoxicated at Lake Mead.
“At no time was the boat away from the dock and there was no public safety risk,” Brockovich said in a statement issued Sunday. “That being said, I take drunk driving very seriously, this was clearly a big mistake, I know better and I am very sorry.”
She added, “After a day in the sun and with nothing to eat it appears that a couple of drinks had a greater impact than I had realized.”
A game warden, Casen Haslem, noticed that Brockovich-Ellis was “struggling” while she docked her boat at the Las Vegas Boat Harbor, the closest marina to Boulder City.
Haslem reported that Brockovich-Ellis was struggling to dock the boat even after he threw her a rope. As Brockovich-Ellis got closer to the warden, he began to notice the signs of intoxication.
“She was obviously struggling to put the boat in the slip, and if you’ve had any experience, it’s a simple enough operation,” said Edwin Lyngar, spokesman for the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
A field sobriety test conducted by Haslem indicated that she was well above the .08 legal threshold.
Brockovich, 52, of Agoura Hills, Calif., was released from the Clark County Detention Center after posting $1,000 bail.
Under Nevada law, a first-time offense of boating while intoxicated is a misdemeanor that draws fines from $1,000 to $2,000 but no jail time. Authorities were unsure whether it was Brockovich’s first arrest on the charge.
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