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Iron Chef Cat Cora Cited For DUI After Car Accident

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Iron Chef/Around the World in 80 Plates co-host/Miss USA judge Cat Cora was cited for a DUI last month after causing a minor traffic accident in Santa Barbara, California. (No one was hurt, thankfully.) Details are just now surfacing on the incident, which happened on June 17. At 6:15 PM.

According to the Santa Barbara Independent, Cora told police she had just left Cold Spring Tavern after getting into an argument with her longtime partner, Jennifer Cora. Cora's BAC at the time of arrest was between .20 and .19; she told officers she had three beers. The arraignment will be on July 26. Below, the official Santa Barbara Police Department release.

6-17-12, 1815 hours, Catherine Cora (age 45) was driving and involved in a minor traffic collision where she rear-ended another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle reported that he believed that Cora might be under the influence. Officer Battaglia arrived and contacted Cora and noticed that she displayed symptoms of alcohol intoxication. Cora stated she had consumed three bottles of beer prior to driving. Officer Battaglia conducted a DUI investigation and determined that Cora was too intoxicated to safely operate a motor vehicle. Cora provided two breath samples which registered her BAC at .20 and .19 and a blood sample which registered her BAC at .19. Cora was issued a citation and admitted into the Sobering Center.

· Cat Cora Cited for DUI [Independent]
· DUI Report [SBPD]
· All Cat Cora Coverage on Eater [-E-]
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