How Rooney, England International, Was Arrested For Drunkenness

BY JIMOH BOLAJI

Wayne Rooney’s arrest came when he was left “disorientated” by prescribed sleeping tablets he took on a flight while drinking alcohol, his spokesman has claimed.

It emerged on Sunday that the former England and Manchester United captain was arrested in Virginia last month by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police (MWAA) for public intoxication.

Rooney’s mugshot provided by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office from his arrest in December

Rooney’s mugshot provided by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office from his arrest in December

The 33-year-old, who plays for DC United in the States, paid a small fine and was released shortly after the incident.

A spokesperson for Rooney, who is England’s record goalscorer, said: “Wayne Rooney was arrested and detained at Dulles airport following a long flight from Saudi Arabia after a one-day promotional business trip.

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

The 33-year-old now plays for DC United in MLS

“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.

“No further comment will be made.”

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 US dollars (£19.65) and costs of 91 dollars (£71.50) 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 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.

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