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Rodney King arrested on suspicion of DUI in Moreno Valley

July 12, 2011 |  6:14 pm

King Rodney G. King Jr. was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon by Riverside County sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of driving under the influence.

King, 46, was the subject of the infamous videotaped beating by Los Angeles police in March 1991 that resulted in four officers being tried. Their acquittal led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

Since then, King has had frequent run-ins with police across Southern California on a variety of allegations, including domestic violence.

Riverside County authorities said deputies stopped King’s car Tuesday on Frederick Street in Moreno Valley for an unspecified vehicle violation. When deputies spoke to King, he appeared to be under the influence and was arrested, said sheriff’s Corp. Courtney Donowho.

King recently appeared on VH1’s "Celebrity Rehab," trying to tackle his fight with alcoholism.

-- Richard Winton

Photo: Rodney G. King Jr.  Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times