Rodney King has been released after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Police say King was driving a 1994 Mitsubishi when officers observed him committing "multiple infractions" and pulled King over Tuesday afternoon on Frederick Street near the Moreno Valley town center. He was taken into custody and was eventually arrested and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence at the Robert Presley Detention Center. Preliminary reports indicate that the officers that arrested King suspected marijuana use.
King has struggled with alcohol and drugs over the years; in 1992, King was arrested for DUI, but no charges were filed, he entered an alcohol rehabilitation program and was placed on probation after crashing his vehicle into a block wall in downtown Los Angeles while under the influence, King was tried and acquitted following a DUI arrest in 1995 in Pennsylvania, also in 1995, he was arrested by Alhambra police, and sentenced to 90 days in jail after being convicted of hit and run, in 2001 King was arrested in Claremont and charged with being under the influence of the psychedelic drug PCP, he was ordered to attend a one year drug treatment program, in 2003 he was arrested after driving his SUV into a fence while under the influence of PCP, he was sentenced to a 6 month drug rehabilitation program and 120 days in jail .
Cases involving driving under the influence of drugs are more difficult for the prosecutor to prove. They need to show more than the mere presence of a drug they have to show that the driver was under the influence of the drug at the time of driving and that reasons such as lack of sleep, illness or fatigue are not responsible for the driver's behavior.
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or know someone who has, please contact a Palmdale criminal defense lawyer from the Law Offices of David M. Wallin for a criminal defense firm with 50 years of experience representing clients charged with driving under the influence.