Wayne Rooney arrested in US for public intoxication

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. Picture: Loudoun County Sheriff's Office/PA Wire
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. Picture: Loudoun County Sheriff's Office/PA Wire
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Wayne Rooney was arrested in the US accused of public intoxication, police have said.

The former Manchester United and England captain was taken into custody on December 16 in Virginia, officials said on Sunday.

It is believed the 33-year-old, who now places for American team DC United, was detained at Washington’s Dulles airport, which is near the club’s stadium.

A spokesman for Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office said: “He was booked into the Loudoun County Adult Detention Centre on December 16 2018, on a charge of public intoxication stemming from an arrest by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police.

“He was later released on a personal recognisance bond.”

Rooney, in September 2017, admitted drink-driving on a night out when he was caught driving a woman’s 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 14 last year.

Court files state he paid a fine of 25 US dollars (£19.65) and costs of 91 dollars (£71.50) over his latest offence.

The documents also say he was charged under the Virginian law of “public swearing/intoxication”.

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.

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