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Christina Aguilera Arrested, Jailed for Her Safety

Christina Aguilera Arrested with Matthew Rutler
Matt Rutler and Christina Aguilera
Richard Young/Startraks

updated 03/01/2011 at 03:00 PM EST

originally published 03/01/2011 09:45AM

Christina Aguilera was arrested for public intoxication early Tuesday morning and jailed for her own safety until she recovered. Her boyfriend was also arrested for investigation of DUI.

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.



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