Christina Aguilera Arrested, Jailed for Her Safety
The singer was released from custody at the West Hollywood sheriff's station at about 7:30 a.m., according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore.
"We have no desire to prosecute, none whatsoever. It just for a public safety issue," says Whitmore. "When she was able to navigate and to think on her own and make her own way, she was released."
Aguilera, 30, was a passenger in a car driven by boyfriend Matthew Rutler that was pulled over at 2:45 a.m. when deputies noticed the vehicle driving erratically. Both were booked, Aguilera for public intoxication, Rutler for DUI.
"She was not capable to taking care of herself. She was incapacitated," says Whitmore. "She was cooperative. She was not belligerent in any way whatsoever. She was just intoxicated."
By law, a person can be held in custody if they cannot take care of themselves, he says.
"As she got better, she just said, 'I would like to leave,'" says Whitmore, and deputies granted her request.
Aguilera's reps were not immediately available for comment.
Please note: Comments have been suspended temporarily as we explore better ways to serve you. Your opinion is important to us; you can find current discussions at facebook.com/peoplemag.