Cat Cora Booking Photo Released

Celebrity Chef Arrested for DUI on June 17

Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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The Santa Barbara Police Department has released the booking photo of celebrity chef and area resident Cat Cora taken 11 days after she was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

Cat Cora booking photo (June 28, 2012)
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Cat Cora booking photo (June 28, 2012)

According to police, Cora caused a minor fender-bender June 17 on upper State Street as she was returning from Cold Spring Tavern. Cora, 45, failed field sobriety tests and blew a 0.19 and 0.20 during two breathalyser tests. A blood sample taken soon after registered her blood-alcohol level at 0.19, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

Cora was issued an arrest citation and transported to the Sobering Center on East Haley Street, where cooperative, non-violent DUI suspects are sometimes taken in lieu of County Jail. She is charged with one DUI count and one count of driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher, and her arraignment in scheduled for July 26.

A day after Cora’s arrest was first reported by The Santa Barbara Independent, celebrity gossip website TMZ posted a video that shows her moments after the accident. The footage was reportedly taken by the driver she hit — who wasn’t injured — as evidence Cora was intoxicated at the time of the incident.

Cora issued this statement to the Independent via her publicist: “I deeply regret my decision to drive that evening after my designated driver became unavailable. I learned a very important lesson from this experience and take full accountability for my actions. This will never happen again.”


Independent Discussion Guidelines

Jeez that's the most pulled together mug shot I've ever seen. Not a hair out of place. Wasn't this taken a day or two after the incident?

tdtsb695 (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2012 at 2:42 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is a better-written story than the first one you wrote on this arrest, Tyler.

LegendaryYeti (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2012 at 3:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This woman has gotten more press than ever...seriously, had no clue such she existed beforehand.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2012 at 4:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So... she's 45? Has had a child? Gay? Looks that smoking hot in a mugshot post DUI??? She should get an award not a sentence, well done Cat Cora!

bohumil (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2012 at 5:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Refreshing to see someone actually take responsibility for their actions. She's lucky and I wish her well.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2012 at 6:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well done for driving drunk? Are you for real?

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2012 at 6:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

People can't enjoy life without getting intoxicated. What's wrong with *this* scenario?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2012 at 7:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

She's lucky? We're lucky no one was killed.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2012 at 7:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Really Tyler/ Indy? Releasing her booking photo? How tabloidesque (if that's a word). You guy have dug low. Do you do that for other citizens? NO... Of course you don't. You must be all aflutter with the notoriety, and hoping the other fish wraps pay you money or something. She's a girl; a human. She screwed up, and owned up to it immediately. Get a grip with that and don't swim with the media lampreys. My God. Shameful that you squeeze so much of this.

azuresees (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2012 at 9:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

she is a beautiful woman, that's for sure.

GluteousMaximus (anonymous profile)
July 11, 2012 at 9:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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