"This level of control just isn't necessary," says the actress, who's served time for DUI

By Courtney Rubin
Updated February 21, 2007 07:50 AM
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Michelle Rodriguez has already been jailed in Los Angeles and Oahu for drunk driving and violating her probation. But she says she asked for more time rather than the alcohol-detecting ankle bracelet she’s been fitted with.

“I tried to get them to put me in jail, but they had their mind set on this bracelet,” the former Lost actress, 28, writes in a stream-of-conscious post on her Web site.

Rodriguez – who last year told PEOPLE, “I can see beauty in a jail cell” – debuted the bracelet at the Feb. 6 Marc Jacobs show in New York City, painting on it in Wite-Out: “Vigil Net Government Dog Tag.”

In her Web post, Rodriguez complains the bracelet “is like a freaking VCR, and why do they care if I drink, what am I gonna do, drink and walk over someone, I have no license.”

On the second day she wore it, she got a call saying she had an alcohol reading.

“I was like, I haven’t had any liquor,” she writes. “He’s like, well you can’t use Listerine, no shampoo, or soap, or lotion, or perfume, with alcohol in it.”

She got another alcohol reading, she says, when she started a liquid fast similar to one Beyoncé followed to lose weight for Dreamgirls.

“All I had in my system was lemon, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water,” she writes. “After about three readings from this thing I started to feel a bit like a pawn, I didn’t like the idea that I could do possible jail time for using the wrong shampoo, fasting out toxins, or having vanilla in my tea.”

She adds: “I think that level of vigilance is great for alcoholics, druggies and heroin attics [sic]. Yet I felt for someone like me, who loves her life too much too [sic] f–k it up for a sip of a beverage, this level of control just isn’t necessary.”

Steven Greenberg, a noted Chicago defense attorney, tells PEOPLE that Rodriguez’s issues with her bracelet aren’t unheard of: “Sometimes your body can generate alcohol from eating chocolate cake or even a raisin. If she’s going out for night and sprays herself with perfume, that can do it.”

Rodriguez was sentenced in May 2006 to 60 days in jail for violating probation due to her December 2005 DUI arrest in Hawaii. She served 65 hours in jail for the DUI arrest, and then another four hours and 20 minutes for the probation violation.