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Rodney King has lengthy record of legal troubles since infamous LAPD beating

July 13, 2011 | 10:22 am


Rodney King, who was arrested in Moreno Valley on suspicion of driving under the influence this week, has a long history of legal trouble since he was beaten by Los Angeles police in an infamous videotaped incident in 1991.

King recently appeared on VH1’s "Celebrity Rehab," trying to tackle his fight with alcoholism. Here is a rundown of some of his legal troubles, in reverse chronological order:

2007: While riding his bicycle near the border of San Bernardino and Rialto, King was sprayed with pellets from a shotgun.

2005: King was arrested on suspicion of threatening to kill one of his daughters and her mother after the two women argued with his then-girlfriend. No charges were filed.

2003: Rialto police watched him weave through traffic in his Ford Expedition at more than 100 mph before plowing through a fence and into a San Bernardino house. He pleaded guilty to being under the influence of PCP and was sentenced to a six-month drug rehabilitation program followed by a 120-day jail sentence.

2003: Rialto police arrested King on suspicion of punching his girlfriend in the stomach. No charges were filed.

2001: King was ordered to attend a yearlong drug treatment program after he was arrested for indecent exposure and being under the influence in Claremont.

1999: King was sentenced to 90 days in the San Bernardino County jail and placed on probation for four years after a domestic dispute involving one of his daughters and her mother. He was required to attend a batterer's treatment program and a child-abuse program, according to court records.

1995: King was arrested by Alhambra police, charged with hitting his wife with his car, knocking her to the ground. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail after being convicted of hit and run.

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.

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


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Photo: Image from the 1991 videotaped beating of Rodney G. King Jr. Credit: Los Angeles Times