Rodney G. King appeared briefly in a Riverside courtroom Aug. 26 in connection with a DUI charge in Moreno Valley. His arraignment was postponed until October.
Rodney G. King appeared briefly in a Riverside courtroom Aug. 26 in connection with a DUI charge in Moreno Valley. His arraignment was postponed until October.King, 46, whose beating by police in 1992 ignited riots in Los Angeles, had been stopped by Moreno Valley police on July 12 at Moreno Valley Town Center mall, suspected of driving erratically.Last week, he was charged with two misdemeanor counts – driving under in the influence of marijuana and alcohol.King, who now lives in the San Bernardino County city of Rialto, could face up to a year in jail due to previous convictions.King said that he passed each of his field sobriety tests administered by Moreno Valley police. He told the Riverside Press-Enterprise that a breathalyzer wasn’t working, so officers used a blood test. Charged with having a blood alcohol content in excess of .08, the legal limit, King says he’s he’s still waiting for test results.
King told members of the media outside the courthouse that he was not drunk. http://www.pe.com/localnews/morenovalley/stories/webking27.1022bc1de.htmlA court-appointed county public defender was assigned to handle King’s case.King was a cast member of “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” in 2008, having appeared on another show, “Sober House.”On Friday, cameras from the VH1 programs were on hand to cover King’s ongoing fight against alcoholism. He was besieged by autograph seekers outside the Riverside Hall of Justice.King’s courtroom appearance was brief, but cameras and several reporters were on hand to cover the event due mainly to his notoriety. In 1991, King, who is black, was chased by Los Angeles Police Department officers who were caught on camera viciously beating him. A year later, after four white officers were acquitted during a televised trial, outrage sparked nearly a week of rioting, sparked by racial tensions that developed after the verdict.
Out on $2,500 bail, King had been booked at the Robert Presley Detention Center. His attorney could appear on his behalf at the October arraignment, said a court official.King, speaking outside the courtroom, told assembled media along with others gathered that he has a medical marijuana prescription to deal with pain suffered in the 1991 beating.The list of past offenses against King has grown in recent years, according to court records.
In 2003, King was convicted of driving under the influence of PCP during a 2003 traffic stop in Rialto. Four years later, he reported the theft of his bicycle while he was riding home, saying he had been shot with shotgun pellets.In 1995, he was arrested for allegedly running over his wife with a car, serving 90 days in jail for hit and run. In 2003, he rammed his car into a house while driving drunk and, two years later, was arrested for threatening his daughter and ex-girlfriend.In March, King was cited for driving with an expired license.