*More details of Christina Aguilera’s arrest for public intoxication have been trickling out throughout the day.
The singer was released from custody at the West Hollywood sheriff’s station at about 7:30 a.m., according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore.
“We have no desire to prosecute, none whatsoever. It just for a public safety issue,” says Whitmore. “When she was able to navigate and to think on her own and make her own way, she was released.”
Also, TMZ is reporting that she and her boyfriend Matt Rutler, also arrested, drank at least one — possibly two — bottles of expensive wine at Mario Batali’s L.A. restaurant Osteria Mozza just hours before they were arrested.
“We’re told one of the restaurant patrons recognized Christina and asked the server to send her a drink … but the server replied, ‘She’s already drinking a bottle of wine… or two,’ ” TMZ reported.
As previously reported, Aguilera, 30, was a passenger in the car driven by Rutler. They were pulled over at 2:45 a.m. when deputies noticed the vehicle driving erratically. Both were booked, Aguilera for public intoxication, Rutler for DUI.
“She was not capable of taking care of herself. She was incapacitated,” says Whitmore. “She was cooperative. She was not belligerent in any way whatsoever. She was just intoxicated.”
By law, a person can be held in custody if they cannot take care of themselves, he says.
“As she got better, she just said, ‘I would like to leave,'” says Whitmore, and deputies granted her request.