Tamra Judge on verge of tears over ‘shock’ arrest of best pal Shannon Beador… as RHOC star prepares to ‘accept full responsibility’
Tamra Judge said that Shannon Beador didn’t say a word about her DUI arrest when they spoke Sunday, a day after Beador was arrested in connection with DUI alcohol and hit-and-run in Newport Beach, California.
An emotional Judge added: ‘She said, “It’s been a rough couple of days,” and that’s all she told me.’
According to TMZ, Beador was arrested Saturday in the luxe Orange County city, as authorities said she hit a house, parked in the middle of a street and pretended she was walking her dog.
Beador’s vehicle was seized by authorities, and she was was subsequently released without bond.
Judge said that when she heard about Beador’s arrest ‘at first, [she] didn’t think it was true’ and was ‘shook’ and nauseous as she continued to learn the details of the incident.
‘I feel like I’m going to throw up,’ Judge said on Monday’s edition of the podcast, which also featured Cynthia Bailey, 56.
Judge said she didn’t know any further details about Beador’s arrest, adding, ‘All I’m seeing is what’s in the press.’
Judge appears in a traveling comedy tour titled ‘Tres Amigas’ with Beador and RHOC mainstay Vicki Gunvalson, 61. She said that Beador was ‘extremely quiet’ as they were promoting the show on a conference call Sunday.
Judge characterized the impact of Beador’s arrest as ‘life-changing,’ adding that she was relieved there were no injuries in the incident.
‘I feel bad for her, and I’m just happy nobody got hurt,’ said Judge, who posted an image of herself with Beador and Gunvalson embracing on Instagram Monday in a show of support.
Mellencamp, 42, said she didn’t understand why Beador didn’t call for a ride after consuming alcoholic beverages.
Mellencamp said ‘there is absolutely no reason in this day and age to ever drink and drive,’ noting that she will not drive after drinking under any circumstance.
‘I will not even have one drink and get into the car,’ she said, ‘because you don’t know how an alcoholic beverage is going to hit you.’
Bailey said she hoped Beador would ‘stay strong’ as she faces the fallout of the crash and her arrest.
Beador’s lawyer Michael Fell told DailyMail.com Monday: ‘Shannon is extremely apologetic and remorseful.
‘We will be awaiting the official information on this case as it becomes available, and Shannon is prepared to accept full responsibility for her actions.’
The Newport Beach Police Department told People Monday that Beador had been ‘arrested at 1:17 a.m. on Sept. 17 after fleeing the scene from a collision that caused property damage.’
She was ‘booked for two misdemeanors – hit-and-run and DUI alcohol;’ and ‘released on a citation.’
Bravo personality Jeff Lewis, who is a friend of Beador’s, said that Beador ‘was injured’ and is ‘going to be recovering’ in the aftermath of the incident.
‘Shannon and I have been friends for a very long time,’ Lewis said on his SiriusXM show. ‘I was shocked – she called me yesterday and we talked for awhile – and I was shocked because I’ve never known Shannon to ever, ever drink and drive.
‘I will tell you she’s accepting full accountability. She is ashamed, she’s embarrassed. I personally, as her friend – cause people are like, “Oh she needs rehab,” “Oh she’s an alcoholic” – I don’t think Shannon is an alcoholic.’
He added: ‘I think she’s been going thorough a lot of personal struggles right now, and I think she has been leaning on alcohol – but I don’t think she’s an alcoholic.’
Lewis said that Beador is ‘going to be entering counseling this week’ following the accident and arrest.
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