Posted on July 13, 2011

Rodney King Out on Bail After DUI Arrest

Chicago Tribune, July 13, 2011

Rodney King has been released on bail after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.


The 46-year-old was reportedly driving a 1994 Mitsubishi when officers observed him committing “multiple infractions.”

King, who lives in Rialto, was taken into custody and was eventually arrested and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence at the Robert Presley Detention Center.


In 1991, King became a symbol of police brutality after being beaten by four LAPD officers after a police chase through the San Fernando Valley.


The video caused outrage across Los Angeles.

Four officers involved in the incident were tried and acquitted, sparking the Los Angeles riots of 1992 which lasted four days and left 55 people dead.

Two of them were later charged with violating King’s federal civil rights and served time in prison.

King has not been a stranger to law enforcement or substance abuse in the years since the incident.

In May 1991, he was arrested on suspicion of trying to run over a vice officer who allegedly found him with a transvestite prostitute in Hollywood, but no charges were filed.

In 1992, King was arrested for DUI, but again no charges were filed.

In 1993, King entered an alcohol rehabilitation program and was placed on probation after crashing his vehicle into a block wall in downtown Los Angeles with a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit.

He was arrested for DUI again in May 1995 in Pennsylvania. He was tried and acquitted.

In July 1995, he was arrested by Alhambra police, who alleged that he hit his wife with his car, knocking her to the ground.


In, September 2001 King was arrested in Claremont and charged with being under the influence of the psychedelic drug PCP.

He was also arrested in 2005 after he allegedly threatening his daughter and ex-girlfriend.