As Lake acknowledged on Tuesday, she was lucky she didn't hurt — or kill — anybody. Including herself.
At the same time, I don't believe this incident should ruin Lake's life. Most of us wouldn't lose our jobs if we got arrested for DUI once; I see no reason Lake should at this point.
But as a public figure, a journalist and an anchorwoman, Lake is subject to news stories about her arrest. It goes with the territory, as humiliating as it turned out to be.
And while Lake absolutely had to make this public apology, that's something required of very few people arrested on the same charges. It had to be an incredibly difficult thing to do. And Lake came across as contrite and sincere.
In the end, her future at KUTV is dependent on the viewers. If the ratings, her bosses will have to make the hard decision. That's the way TV works.
But I'm hoping both her life and her career get back on track. I'm rooting for her personally and professionally — just as I would with anyone who gets themselves into this situation.
Yes, The Salt Lake Tribune is a content partner with KUTV, although I'm not entirely certain what that entails. But I'd say the same about a staffer at any TV station. I'd like to think that, despite a job description that requires me to be judgmental on a daily basis, I'd avoid judging anyone in the same position too harshly.
Certainly, no one should gloat over this. No one should act holier-than-thou. Anyone who does is demonstrating his or her own lack of character.
No, we don't all make this kind of mistake. But we all make mistakes.
Lake made a big one. She's owned up to it. She apologized. She's going to face the legal consequences.
Let's move on.
Here's a transcript of Shauna Lake's on-air apology, deliver in Tuesday's 5 p.m. KUTV newscast: