You would think that out of all the people living in Southern California, Rodney King, the iconic figure of police brutality, would know better than to give the police a reason to pull him over while driving a car. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. King was once again subject to the hands of the law on Tuesday after police arrested him for “several traffic violations” while allegedly under the influence in Moreno Valley, and is now out on bail, reports KTLA News.
In fact, this incident wasn’t the first time King has had a run-in with the law since he became an infamous figure after a videotape depicting the Los Angeles police brutally beating him was released in 1991. Over the past twenty years, King has been placed on probation for crashing his car into a wall with a blood-alcohol level that was twice the legal limit, was convicted of a hit-and-run, and was sentenced to jail for driving 100+ mph under the influence of PCP, among other unsavory activities, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In his most recent run-in with Riverside County authorities, officers allege they observed King break several traffic laws in his 1994 Mitsubishi before pulling him over. He was eventually arrested and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence, but authorities have not released which substance it was.
Although driving under the influence is typically associated with alcohol intoxication, drivers can also be charged with the offense while under the influence of other drugs. However, it is harder to test for drug impairment, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has admitted that current knowledge about drugs is "insufficient to allow the identification of dosage limits that are related to elevated crash risk."
Regardless of the substance Rodney King may be found guilty of driving under the influence of, it may be time for another stint on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew" television show. Until then, someone should really think about taking his driver's license away.
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