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Erin Brockovich-Ellis gets $750 fine in intoxicated boating case

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A booking photo of Erin Brockovich-Ellis after her arrest Friday, June 7, 2013, at Lake Mead on a count of operating a boat while intoxicated.

Erin Brockovich-Ellis, the environmental activist whose life was made into an award-winning film starring Julia Roberts, pleaded no contest to a charge of boating while intoxicated.

Henderson Justice of the Peace Rodney Burr on Aug. 28 fined Brockovich-Ellis $750, which she paid immediately, and ordered her to taking a boating safety course, according to court records.

Brockovich-Ellis, 52, was arrested June 7 by a Nevada Department of Wildlife game warden who observed her struggling to dock her boat at the Las Vegas Boat Harbor on Lake Mead, department spokesman Edwin Lyngar said.

The warden conducted a field sobriety test and found Brockovich-Ellis to be over the legal limit for alcohol to operate a boat, Lyngar said.

Brockovich-Ellis released an apology after the incident.

In the statement, she said she was not operating the boat in open waters and didn’t pose a public safety risk but considered her actions a mistake.

“I know better and I am very sorry,” she said. “After a day in the sun and with nothing to eat it appears that a couple of drinks had a greater impact than I realized.”

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