Rodney King Out On Bail After DUI Arrest
Rodney King, whose legal history has included a series of arrests and convictions since being beaten by LAPD officers in 1991, was released on bail Wednesday after being taken into custody for driving under the influence. The arrest was made Tuesday in Moreno Valley, Calif., after officers reportedly saw King commit several traffic infractions.
Officers from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department booked King, 46, on suspicion of driving under the influence, but there is no word yet on what substance he was allegedly using at the time of his arrest.
King's Tuesday arrest is the most recent incident from his troubling past. He first made headlines in 1991 after a bystander, George Holliday, filmed four LAPD officers tase and beat King with batons after being apprehended for a high-speed chase. The videotape first aired on Los Angeles news station KTLA and went on to make national headlines. King received a $3.8 million settlement, but the acquittal of the four officers in the case sparked the 1992 L.A. Riots, which left 55 people dead and caused $1 billion in damage.
Since then, King has suffered from drug use and alcohol addiction. He's had several stints in rehab, most notably on Dr. Drew Pinsky's Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and Sober House on VH1. On both, he tried to overcome his dependency on alcohol and rekindle strained relationships with his family.
King was released Wednesday on a $2,500 bail. He is facing misdemeanor charges following Tuesday's arrest, according to People.