Famous environmental activist Erin Brockovich-Ellis was arrested June 9th under suspicion of boating under the influence, while attempting to dock her boat in Lake Mead, Nevada. It was reported a game warden arrested Erin Brockovich-Ellis after allegedly volunteering to help dock her boat, after she showed signs of incapability.
“She was not sure how to maneuver the boat into the dock,” Edwin Lyngar, spokesman for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, reported. “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.” Her BAC, was reported to be almost twice the legal limit, which is .08, the same as in California.
Brockovich issued a statement of apology. “At no time was the boat away from the dock and there was no public safety risk,” she said. “That being said, I take drunk driving very seriously, this was clearly a big mistake, I know better and I am very sorry.” After being booked at Clark County Detention Center, Erin Brockovich-Ellis posted $1,000 bail, and was released. Under Nevada law, as a first-time offender of boating while intoxicated there are fines that range from $1,000 to $2,000 but usually no jail time.
Being aware of local alcohol usage laws is critical when drinking within the legal limit and operating machinery. If you find yourself facing an Orange County DUI, California boating under the influence, or any other similar charge contacting a professional defense lawyer is in your best interest.