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Erin Brockovich-Ellis charged with boating DUI

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Drinking and boating don't mix

Erin Brockovich-Ellis, the famous legal advocate whose story was portrayed by Julia Roberts in the film Erin Brockovich, was arrested this weekend for boating while intoxicated.

Erin Brockovich-Ellis has found herself on the wrong side of the law after getting arrested this weekend Erin Brokovich-Ellis arrested for boating DUIfor boating while intoxicated on Lake Mead in Las Vegas.

Brockovich-Ellis first rose to fame when she helped construct a winning case against the Pacific Gas & Electric company, despite the fact that she'd had no legal training. Her story was depicted in the 2000 film Erin Brockovich, where her role was famously portrayed by Julia Roberts.

Brockovich-Ellis, 52, of Agoura Hills, California, was booked into Clark County jail immediately after the 10:15 p.m. bust, Edwin Lyngar, a spokesman for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, reports the Las Vegas Review Journal.

The spokesman reported that that the game warden, Casen Haslem, had observed Brockovich-Ellis "struggling" while she tried to dock her boat at the Las Vegas Boat Harbor, which is the closest marina to Boulder City.

Haslem said that Brockovich-Ellis was apparently unable to dock the motorboat on her own so Haslem threw her a rope; as he got closer, he noticed several signs of intoxication, including slurred speech.

"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.

Brockovich-Ellis was then subjected to a field sobriety test, which indicated that she was "significantly" above the .08 the legal threshold.

"This incident is an important reminder that boating under the influence is on par with driving under the influence," said Lyngar. "OUI and DUI are virtually identical."

Brockovich-Ellis has been released from jail after posting $1,000 bail and so far has not commented on the incident.

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