The 34-year-old reality star was arrested early Friday morning

By Christina Dugan and Dave Quinn
February 01, 2019 06:27 PM
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Gina Kirschenheiter has been arrested for allegedly driving under the influence, PEOPLE confirms.

The Long Island native, who made her debut on The Real Housewives of Orange County in the summer of 2018, was arrested early Thursday at 12:20 a.m. in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, a representative for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department tells PEOPLE.

She was stopped for a traffic violation and arrested for driving under the influence, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Gina, 34, was released on Friday at 12 p.m.

“I made a very bad choice the other night after a mom’s night out,” Gina said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. “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.”

The Blast first reported the news.

Last April, Gina filed for divorce from her husband, Matthew Kirschenheiter.

“It wasn’t easy,” Gina previously told PEOPLE. “Matt and I were just coming out of the baby, baby, baby-phase and were recognizing that our relationship had run its course. At the same time, he had taken a new job in Los Angeles and was living there during the week. And I had made this commitment to come on this show.”

“All of a sudden, it all collided,” she said.

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The couple met before they graduated college and had been together for 11 years and married for eight. They share three kids — sons Nicholas, 6, and Luca, 3, and daughter Sienna, 4.

The reality star admitted that the pair simply grew apart.

“It’s a huge, huge decision — one of the biggest ever — and I was 23 years old?” she said. “I wasn’t ready to make a decision about who I was going to spend the rest of my life with at 23. No wonder! We made it work because we made it work. But I’m a completely different person than I was then.”

“On Long Island, marriage is a community thing,” she added. “Your parents, your in-laws, your siblings, your friends, your family — they’re all a part of your relationship. You don’t think about breaking that up. So when we moved to California, it was like, now you only have each other. And you really have to validate that relationship and say, ‘Are we really functioning and working well? Are you really my soulmate who I want to spend the rest of my life with in that way?’ “