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Whoa: Cat Cora Arrested For DUI In Santa Barbara

Iron Chef Cat Cora was arrested last month for driving under the influence and rear-ending a BMW.

After learning of her arrest from the county’s press release detailing the previous month’s DUIs, The Santa Barbara Independent broke the news that Cora, whose arraignment is later this month, was pulled over on the evening of June 17th for rear-ending into the car in front of her. After the driver told the police he believed Cora was intoxicated, they performed a field sobriety test and breathalyzed her, measuring a blood alcohol content level of .19.

So, uh, how do you get that drunk by 6:15 PM on a Sunday? (Ed Note: Uhhh….) Cora claimed that she’d consumed three bottles of beer (that’s it?! Come on, Cat, you’re a chef!) at the nearby Cold Spring Tavern and was on her way home with her partner. (According to the police station’s press release, the two had also been arguing.)

After they issued her two citations –one for a DUI count, and one for driving with a BAC level of 0.08 or higher — police transported her to the ridiculously-named Santa Barbara Sobering Center, which is a thing that exists. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the incident.

Cora’s representatives had no comment on the story, but our Cat Cora-spondent Mariella Mosthof believes that “Basically, Cat Cora had the best day ever.”

[Santa Barbara Independent]

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