FRESH from a stumble at the Grammys and muffing the national anthem at the Super Bowl, singer Christina Aguilera,
pictured, was arrested early on Tuesday on suspicion of being drunk in public but will not be prosecuted, US authorities said.
Aguilera, 30, was ‘‘ extremely intoxicated’’ when a car driven by her boyfriend was stopped about 2.45am in Los Angeles, County sheriff’s Deputy Bill McSweeney said.
The driver, Matthew Rutler, 25, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and jailed on $ 5000 bail, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said.
Aguilera was arrested on suspicion of being drunk in public so that she could be held at the West Hollywood sheriff’s station, Whitmore said.
‘‘ She was co-operative. She was not belligerent in any way whatsoever,’’ Mr Whitmore said.
He did not know how much Aguilera may have been drinking.
‘‘ She was booked, she was fingerprinted and she was put in a cell,’’ he said. ‘‘ And then she’s monitored, and as she gets better, she begins to fend for herself, her head clears up and when she passes the sobriety test within the jail facility . . . that’s why we take them into custody, to protect them as well as others.’’
Mr Whitmore said that as Aguilera got better she stated that she wanted to leave.
‘‘ When she was able to navigate and think on her own . . . she was released,’’ he said.
Aguilera was released from the back of the station about 7.30am, avoiding a cluster of paparazzi.
A friend drove her home, Whitmore said.
Aguilera was arrested because she appeared too drunk to care for herself and had no driver to take her home, Deputy McSweeney said.
The law allows deputies to detain intoxicated people for their own welfare until they sober up but there is no intention to prosecute them, he said.
‘‘ Technically it’s an arrest, but from the very beginning there was never an intention to prosecute,’’ Mr Whitmore said.