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Celebrity chef Cat Cora faces DUI citation

Celebrity chef Cat Cora may be familiar to Washington foodies for her role as an "Iron Chef" for the Food Network. She has also co-hosted Bravo's "Around the World in 80 Plates."

Cora, however, was not in the news most recently for a new recipe, but because she was cited for DUI.

According to press reports, the incident took place last month, after Cora's 2007 Chevy Tahoe rear-ended another vehicle in a low-speed collision. Thankfully, there were no injuries resulting from the crash. However, the driver in the vehicle that was struck told the police she believed that Cora had been drinking and driving.

Upon questioning, Cora allegedly told police that she had consumed three bottles of beer at a tavern just prior to the accident. She apparently also told the police that she had just gotten into an argument with her partner when she left the tavern. This argument could possibly have resulted in distracted driving which may have caused the accident.

Nevertheless, Cora submitted to two separate breath tests at the scene of the accident. The results of those tests estimated a blood-alcohol content of .20 and .19. She then also submitted to a blood draw at a nearby hospital. That test, according to police, measured her BAC at .19. All of these readings are more than twice the legal limit for alcohol.

Cora was then cited for what appears to be a first-offense DUI. She was taken to a sobering center before being released.

This week Cora released a statement on the incident through 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."

Source: Bites on Today, "Food Network chef Cat Cora cited for DUI," Scott Stump, July 10, 2012

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