While women in the reality television arena are no strangers to scandal, fans of The Real Housewives of Orange County were in for quite the shock this evening when they learned that RHOC newbie Gina Kirschenheiter was arrested yesterday!

According to US Magazine, when speaking to a public affairs officer in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, they were informed that, “Gina Kirschenheiter was stopped for a traffic violation in Rancho Santa Margarita at Santa Margarita Parkway. She was arrested for DUI at 12:20 a.m. on January 31 and was released at noon that same day.”

Gina gave a statement to US Magazine regarding the incident, stating that, “I made a very bad choice the other night after a mom’s night out.  I am extremely disappointed in myself and regret my actions wholeheartedly.  I have learned a valuable lesson and hope to show you all that this one incident does not define me.”

According to US, Gina has been given a court date of February 28th.

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