Wayne Rooney arrested in US on charge of public intoxication
Footballer said he was ‘disorientated’ by sleeping tablets taken while drinking
Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office handout photo of former England footballer Wayne Rooney after he was booked into the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on a charge of public intoxication stemming from an arrest by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Photograph: Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office/PA Wire
Wayne Rooney has said his public intoxication arrest came when he was left “disorientated” by prescribed sleeping tablets he took on a flight while drinking.
It emerged on Sunday that the former Manchester United and England captain was taken into custody in the US after a flight from Saudi Arabia touched down.
Police said the 33-year-old was arrested on December 16th after triggering a door alarm at Washington’s Dulles airport, near the stadium for his current team, DC United.
In a statement to the Press Association, his spokesman said the footballer was apprehended after a lengthy flight from the Gulf state where he was on a one-day business trip.
“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,” the spokesman said.
“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.”
UK driving ban
Rooney, who is still banned from driving in the UK after he was caught drink-driving, set off the alarm but did not breach airport security, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police said.
“Mr Rooney was charged with public intoxication and transported to Loudoun County Detention Centre to be held until sober,” a statement added.
Court files state he paid a fine of $25 (€21) and costs of $91 (€79) over his latest offence.
Two days before the arrest he posted an image online of himself in a car at the Riyadh Formula E championship race in Saudi Arabia.
Rooney, in September 2017, admitted drink-driving on a night out when he was caught driving a Volkswagen Beetle when nearly three times the legal limit.
He was banned from driving for two years and ordered to carry out unpaid work in the community.
After a return to Everton, he transferred to DC United and made his debut on July 14th last year.
“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,” his current team said. – PA