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Deputies arrested 'very intoxicated' Christina Aguilera over concerns for her safety, officials say

March 1, 2011 |  7:38 am

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies arrested singer Christina Aguilera in West Hollywood early Tuesday morning out of concern for her safety after they found her intoxicated sitting in a car, officials said.

Around 2:45 a.m., the officials said, deputies initiated a DUI investigation after noticing a motorist who was driving erratically. The driver, who was not immediately identified, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Inside the car, deputies noticed Aguilera, who was described by authorities as being "very intoxicated," according to one source familiar with the case.

Deputies decided that Aguilera would not be able to drive safely on her own and, using a provision of the law that allows them to hold individuals in protective custody, took her to the West Hollywood sheriff's station and booked her on a misdemeanor, the source said.

Officials said the law allows them to keep an individual in custody for safety reasons.

Aguilera made headlines at the Super Bowl for forgetting some words for the national anthem. She later issued an apology: "I got so caught up in the moment of the song that I lost my place. I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through."

She starred opposite Cher in last year's movie "Burlesque."


Christina Aguilera arrested on public-drunkenness charge in West Hollywood

-- Andrew Blankstein