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Rodney King, who became a symbol of police brutality when he was savagely beaten by four white L.A.P.D. officers at the conclusion of a high-speed chase in 1991, was arrested and booked on suspicion of driving under the influence in Southern California’s Riverside County on Tuesday.
Police spotted King committing “several traffic violations” behind the wheel of his 1994 Mitsubishi. King was pulled over, subjected to a field sobriety test, and subsequently booked.
“A preliminary evaluation of the driver indicated he was possibly driving while impaired,” a police spokesman said in a statement. “The subject was transported to the Moreno Valley Police Department for further evaluation.”
King, 46, has been involved in several run-ins with the law since the infamous 1991 police beating. His history of drug and alcohol abuse was documented on VH1 reality shows Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew and Sober House.
The police brutality victim gained international notoriety in 1991, when a bystander filmed four officers using excessive force by striking him with wooden batons and stunning him with an electric stun gun.
When all four were acquitted of all charges, onlookers exploded in outrage, killing 55 people, injuring more than 2,000, and causing more than $1 billion in damage in the 1992 L.A. riots.