Former American Idol ‘bikini girl’ arrested for alleged drunk driving
A young woman who gained notoriety in 2009 when she auditioned for American Idol wearing a bikini is making news. Sources say the former American Idol contestant was taking her mother to the hospital early Friday morning when she was allegedly in a car accident. The possibly delay from the crash was not the end of the story–police later arrested the singer on suspicion of drunk driving.
The car accident occurred after the woman ran a red light shortly after midnight while en route to the hospital, according to police. Authorities claim the young woman tried to flee the scene, but an officer was close to the accident scene, and pulled over the former Idol contestant.
The officer says that he could smell alcohol and requested the singer to perform field sobriety tests. Officials claim that she performed poorly and was arrested for DUI. The arresting officer says that the young woman cried as she was placed under arrest. The mother of the accused, who was injured after a fall at her home, sat in the car. An ambulance later took the mother to the hospital to be treated for the injuries she sustained at home.
Authorities say that the so-called “American Idol bikini girl” later blew 0.15 and 0.17 in a breath test. She was charged with DUI under California’s law, which, like North Carolina, presumes impairment at a 0.08 percent BAC reading.
Source: Ace Showbiz, “‘American Idol’ Season 8′s Bikini Girl Tried to Flee Before DUI Arrest,” Mar. 31, 2012