Article published in Dropline.biz on December 5, 2005
“LOST in Intoxication”—Television Stars Arrested for DUI
By Laurie Morton (co-authored by Dino M. Zaffina)
Suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance has landed to LOST stars in trouble with the Kailu, Hawaii authorities.
In the early morning of December 1, 2005, at 12:05 a.m., Cynthia Watros, 37 was arrested at the intersection of Kalaniana’ole Highway and Auloa Road. Just fifteen minutes later Watros’ co-star, Michelle Rodriguez, 27, was arrested at 12:20 a.m. at the same intersection.
Police records indicate the two stars of the popular ABC drama were both arrested after police made a traffic-stop on Watros and Rodriguez, driving separate cars, after they observed the two women weaving on Pali Highway. “Officers administered a field sobriety tests, but both women failed,” said police.
Watros and Rodriguez were charged and booked for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicating substance and were released on $500.00 bail each. Both women have been ordered to appear at Kane’ohe District Court at 8:30 a.m., December 29, 2005, to determine if their driver’s licenses will be revoked. Rodriguez was booked under her legal name, Mayte Michelle Rodriguez.
Watros, who plays “Libby” on the ABC thriller, filmed in Hawaii, and who is best known for her role as “Kellie Newmark” on the Drew Carey Show, gave police a Kailua address.
Rodriguez, who plays “Anna Lucia Cortez,” and who is best known for her feature film roles as Girlfight, Resident Evil, Blue Crush, and The Fast and the Furious, gave police a California address in Sunset Beach.
Sources say, “This isn’t the first driving-related mishap for Rodriguez, who last year pleaded no contest to three misdemeanors (a hit and run, driving with a suspended license, and driving under the influence) stemming from two 2003 incidents in Los Angeles. She was sentenced to probation and treatment in a 30–day alcohol program.”
On Friday, December 2, 2005, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s office confirmed that it will be reviewing whether Rodriguez has violated the terms of her 36–month probation.
“We always take DUI matters seriously,” said spokesman, Fran Mateljan. “It’s always disappointing to see someone, especially a rising star on a hit show, to allegedly fall back on these patterns. We’ll be giving this case a good look.”
Mateljan said, “I am awaiting details of the arrest from the Honolulu Police Department. If found in violation on her three previous counts, Rodriguez faces a maximum of 18 months in an Los Angeles County Jail.”
Watros and Rodriguez could not be reached for comment. The publicists for Lost and ABC refused to give a comment and referred questions to the actresses’ agents, who could not be reached for comment.
Capt. Frank Fujii, Honolulu police spokesman said, “The arrests of the two women have drawn national attention. I received a call from “People” magazine before local media were even aware of the arrests.” Fujii said, “I hope that the arrests won’t send the wrong message to the public.”
“The most important message here is don’t drink and drive and I don’t want the message to get lost,” Fujii said. “The news is not who got arrested, the news is a reminder that we should not be drinking and driving and it’s very timely with respect to the holiday season.”
“People arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant automatically have their driver’s license revoked,” said Fujii. “They are given a temporary license that allows them to drive, but under several restrictions.”
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