NBA veteran Lamar Odom was arrested early Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence (California Vehicle Code 23152). The former Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers star was arrested and taken into custody at 3:54 a.m. local time after a California Highway Patrol officer saw his white Mercedes-Benz traveling erratically on a San Fernando Valley freeway.
According to the police report, Odom’s car was observed traveling in a “serpentine manner” before he pulled off the freeway. After being stopped, Odom displayed “objective signs of intoxication and was unable to perform field sobriety tests as explained and demonstrated,” according to a CHP report.
After the DUI investigation, Lamar Odom was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Once transferred to the Van Nuys jail, Odom refused all chemical tests and was later released. In California, according to the implied consent law, after being arrested for DUI you must submit to a chemical test of either your blood or breath. Refusal to do so may lead to jail time and an extended suspension of your California driver’s license.
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department report, Lamar Odom is scheduled to appear in court at his arraignment on Sept. 27.
Several media outlets reported over the last two weeks that Odom is dealing with drug addiction problems. He reportedly spent time at a Los Angeles hotel with friends who were trying to help him deal with his drug problem.
Los Angeles prosecutors elected not to file battery and grand theft charges against Odom stemming from a recent incident involving a photographer that was caught on tape.
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