Erin Brockovich in drunken boating arrest

Environmental activist Erin Brockovich, portrayed in a 2000 film about her fight over the pollution of a California town, has been arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated.

Erin BrockovichBrockovich, 52, was arrested at Lake Mead, near Las Vegas, on Friday night after breath tests showed her blood-alcohol level was just over twice the legal limit.

She was seen struggling to moor her motorboat at the Las Vegas Boat Harbour, a spokesman for the Nevada Department of Wildlife said.

“She was not sure how to manoeuvre the boat into the dock,” Mr Lyngar said. “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, who was released after posting US$1,000 bail, said later that the arrest was “clearly a big mistake” and that there was “no public safety risk”.

She said: “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 realised.”

Under Nevada law, a first-time offence of boating while intoxicated can draw a fine of up to $2,000.

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