Erin Brockovich-Ellis Arrested for DUI in a Boat

06/09/2013 at 11:20 AM EDT

Erin Brockovich Arrested for Operation a Boat While Intoxicated on Lake Mead
Erin Brockovich-Ellis
Erin Brockovich-Ellis, the legal advocate portrayed on screen by Julia Roberts, was arrested for boating while intoxicated on Lake Mead near Las Vegas.

Brockovich-Ellis, 52, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on Friday night and posted $1,000 bail.

A game warden who saw Brockovich-Ellis having trouble docking a boat on her own gave her assistance and then noticed she had slurred speech, Edwin Lyngar, a spokesman for the Nevada Department of Widlife, tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

"She was obviously struggling to put the boat in the slip, and if you've had any experience, it's a simple enough operation," said Lyngar.

A field sobriety test showed Brockovich-Ellis was "significantly" over the .08 percent legal threshold for operating a boat, says Lyngar.

Brockovich rose to fame when, despite having no legal training, she helped construct a winning case against the Pacific Gas & Electric company, accusing them of polluting the drinking water in a small Southern California town. Her story was depicted in 2000 in the movie Erin Brockovich.

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Robin Roberts: How Loved Saved Me
  • Emma and Andrew: All About Hollywood's Cutest Couple
  • Prince George! More Yummy Photos

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine

blog comments powered by Disqus

From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters