LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Christina Aguilera’s boyfriend won’t be prosecuted for drunken driving in connection with a March 1 traffic stop in which the singer was taken into custody because she was “not capable of taking care of herself,” TMZ.com reported Sunday.

The District Attorney’s Office decided against charging 25-year-old Matthew Rutler, whose blood-alcohol content tested at 0.06 percent, below the 0.08 percent threshold, TMZ reported.

Authorities decided not to pursue charges against Rutler within hours of the roughly 2:45 a.m. arrest in West Hollywood, according to the website.

On the morning Aguilera was detained, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said Aguilera, 30, was taken into custody for her own good, because “she was not capable of taking care of herself. She was incapacitated. She was cooperative. She was not belligerent in any way whatsoever; she was just intoxicated.”

“So, what we do is that we do, indeed, arrest the individual on a misdemeanor — public intoxication — but we have no desire to prosecute. None whatsoever. It is just for a public welfare, public safety issue,” he said.

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Comments (9)
  1. Voice of Reason says:

    Shouldn’t they be prosecuting him for a wet reckless? There was obviously a reason they pulled him over such as a traffic infraction. Even if he wasn’t entirely considered legally drunk he was still impaired to drive. But of course, he’s a celebrity boyfriend and will get away with murder.

  2. Dude says:

    Perks of the super-rich (or those associated with…); how can I get there?

  3. Kevin Axt says:

    You guys are knucleheads. What are they supposed to do? Throw them in prison for 10 years at taxpayer’s expense? Where’s the privileged treatment here? He wasn’t impaired or intoxicated as defined by the .06 blood alcohol level, and she was just seriously s**tfaced. They weren’t creating any mayhem or endangering anyone. It wouldn’t even be news if they weren’t celebrities. You can all take your torches and your vats of boiling oil and go home now.

  4. John Smith says:

    Ahhhh the priviledged

  5. swhitS says:

    Privileged? I dunno what is so privileged in sleeping in a jail bed!
    Some people need to grow up. How would you like it if your dirty laundry was aired in public?

  6. VOICE OF REASON says:


  7. rick says:

    if he was not legally drunk and she was not doing anything other then sitting there drunk off her ass then ALL CHARGES need to be removed from both their records NO CRIME WAS COMMITED

  8. Mike (Paralegal) says:

    The bottom line is that if they were to file charges the DA knows that these two people have an unlimited amount of cash to hire better lawyers then the DA’s. So there is no point on filing charges and wasting thousands of tax payer money on these two people because their lawyers WILL have the cases dismissed. Yes, its all about money…when the DA knows someone has money they rather not file charges then risk loosing.

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