*Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by police ultimately led to the 1992 Los Angeles riots, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Tuesday, police said.
King was driving a 1994 Mitsubishi when he was pulled over in Moreno Valley, in Southern California’s Riverside County, the city’s police department reported. Officers saw King — who has acknowledged a longstanding drinking problem — commit “several traffic violations,” a police statement said.
“A preliminary evaluation of the driver indicated he was possibly driving while impaired. The subject was transported to the Moreno Valley Police Department for a further evaluation,” police said. He was booked after that further evaluation, they said.
King, 46, was cited in March for driving without a license after being pulled over in Arcadia, California.
In May 2008, he checked into the Pasadena Recovery Center in Pasadena, CA, which was filmed as part of the second season of VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” which premiered in Oct. 2008. King also appeared on VH1’s “Sober House,” a “Celebrity Rehab” spin-off focusing on a sober living environment, which aired in early 2009. Both shows filmed King’s quest not only to achieve sobriety, but to reestablish a relationship with his family, which had been severely damaged due to his drinking.