Erin Brockovich-Ellis (Source: NV Dept. of Wildlife)
LAKE MEAD (FOX5) -
Erin Brockovich's blood alcohol level was two times the legal limit when she was arrested at Lake Mead last week, according to a police report.
The famed environmental activist, whose last name is actually Brockovich-Ellis, was arrested at a boat dock Friday, and subsequently charged with operating under the influence.
According to an arrest report from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, an officer was fueling his boat at the dock when he noticed a woman, who was later identified as Brockovich-Ellis, and a man, later identified as her husband, arguing. The officer noticed the woman throw a cell phone into the lake and then slap the man, according to the report.
The report said that when the officer approached Brockovich-Ellis, she was backing her boat out of the dock. The officer told her to bring the boat to another slip, and she admitted she was not very good at driving her boat, according to the report. The report said the officer grabbed her boat and guided it in to the slip.
Brockovich-Ellis' speech was slurred and the officer could smell an odor of alcohol on her breath, according to the report.
A Breathalyzer test revealed Brockovich-Ellis' blood alcohol content was at 0.16 - twice the legal limit of .08.
Brockovich-Ellis was released from jail on the misdemeanor charge.
Brockovich-Ellis constructed a legal case against Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 1993, which inspired an eponymous film in 2000 that garnered actress Julia Roberts an Academy Award for Best Actress.
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