Erin Brockovich has been arrested for drunk boating, after she was spotted failing to properly dock a boat in Nevada.
Erin Brockovich’s drunk boating arrest happened over the weekend at the Las Vegas Boat Harbor in Lake Mead, and police say the environmental activist famously played by Julia Roberts in the film bearing her name was found to have a blood alcohol content twice the legal limit for operating a boat in the state.
Brockovich, of Agoura Hills, was said to have been observed “struggling” to dock the boat by a game warden before she “exhibited several signs showing that she was an intoxicated boater,” according to a news release through the Nevada Department of Wildlife.
Edwin Lyngar of the Nevada Department of Wildlife told ABC that while Brockovich’s drunk boating arrest may seem to be less dangerous than drinking and driving, drinking and boating is also a dangerous activity that needs to be taken seriously:
“She was not sure how to maneuver the boat into the dock … It’s a simple thing if you can think clearly. But if you add alcohol and unfamiliarity of the area, it can all cause serious problems.”
Brockovich, 52, released a statement following the Nevada Department of Wildlife release about her arrest, apologizing for her alleged actions and explaining that she was not boating in “open water,” the site explains:
“At no time was the boat away from the dock and there was no public safety risk … That being said, I take drunk driving very seriously, this was clearly a big mistake, I know better and I am very sorry.”
“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.”
After Erin Brockovich’s Friday arrest, the activist was booked into Clark County Detention Center on Friday night and released on $1,000 bail. Brunk boating is a misdemeanor offense in Nevada that can cause a fine to be levied, but is not punishable by jail time in the state.