An Australian reality television star was arrested Thursday in the Sydney suburb of North Gosford after attempting to bypass a random breath test (RBT) site and ultimately being found intoxicated behind the wheel.
According to the Daily Mail, Julie Goodwin, 47—winner of MasterChef Australia’s first season in 2009, and a prolific radio host, cookbook author, and restaurant and cooking school proprietor—was charged with “mid-range drink-driving” and had her license suspended in a roadside checkpoint stop earlier this week.
Goodwin was reportedly driving home in a Mini Cooper vehicle after catering an event earlier Thursday evening, and made an abrupt U-turn upon spotting a police drunk driving checkpoint on the route. Cops followed the car and administered a roadside breathalyzer test on Goodwin, who was driving. The chef failed the test and was brought back to Gosford Police Station, where she logged a blood alcohol reading over double the legal driving limit at 0.107.
Goodwin posted a response to the arrest on her official Facebook page Thursday acknowledging her responsibility and asking for her fans’ forgiveness.
“It is with great shame and regret that I write these words,” the statement begins.
“Needless to say I accept full responsibility for this error in judgment…I want to take the opportunity to offer a heartfelt and unreserved apology to my family, my colleagues, and to the broader community. I would also like to apologise to everyone that has supported me over many years, I have let you all down.”
She currently awaits a May 25 court date. Authorities told the Daily Telegraph that Goodwin won’t be charged for trying to skirt the RBT.
“Many lessons will flow from this, and I will learn from each of them,” the contrite chef additionally expressed in her social media statement.
[Feature Image: Julie Goodwin/Credit Eva Rinaldi; Wikimedia]