Monday 7 January 2019

Here’s Why Wayne Rooney Was Arrested In America

Former England and Manchester United star Wayne Rooney was arrested in December 2018 for being drunk and swearing in public and was charged and asked to pay paid a $25 fine and $91 costs on  Friday, January 4, according to multiple reports on Sunday.

Court records obtained by Washington ABC 7 News and The Athletic showed that Rooney was arrested in Loudon County, Virginia, on December 16 for cursing and intoxication, a misdemeanor for which he was released from custody on his own recognizance before paying the fine and court costs on Friday.

Rooney was arrested by the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority at Dulles International Airport, which is located in the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington . 

However, his spokesman said that Rooney’s arrest for public intoxication was a result of feeling “disorientated” after taking sleeping tablets on a flight while drinking.

In a statement, his spokesman said:

“During the flight Wayne took a prescribed amount of sleeping tablets mixed with some alcohol consumption and consequently was disorientated on arrival.

“He was approached by police who arrested him on a minor misdemeanour charge.

“He received a statutory automatic fine and was released shortly afterwards at the airport. The matter is now at an end.

“Wayne would like to put on record his appreciation for the manner he was treated by all involved.”

Rooney, who now plays for Major League Soccer’s DC United, was charged with a ‘Class 4’ misdemeanour, which carries a maximum fine of $250.

A statement from DC United also said:

“We are aware of news reports indicating that Wayne Rooney was arrested in December.

“We understand the media’s interest in this matter but we believe this is a private matter for Wayne that DC United will handle internally. We have no further comment on this situation.”

It should be noted that the football star was banned from driving for two years in September 2017 after admitting drink-driving in Cheshire.

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