Wayne Rooney was arrested in USA for public intoxication and swearing after ‘he was left disorientated by sleeping tablets he took on a flight while drinking alcohol’
Wayne Rooney was arrested by the American authorities for public intoxication and swearing only a month after his final England appearance against the USA.
The former England captain, who received a two-year ban for drink-driving in September 2017, was arrested at Washington’s Dulles International Airport on December 16 after returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia.
Court documents show that 33-year-old Rooney paid a $25 fine plus $91 in costs on January 4.
To add to his embarrassment a police mug-shot of Rooney was also released. Rooney’s spokesman issued a statement on Sunday night saying the arrest came when he was left ‘disorientated’ by prescribed sleeping tablets he took on a flight while drinking.
The spokesman said: ‘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.’
His current club, MLS side DC United, said they would deal with the matter internally, but it seems unlikely his position at the club is in jeopardy.
Rooney posted a photo of himself at an event in Saudi Arabia in the days prior to the arrest.
Rooney, the former England and Manchester United captain, was arrested in September 2017 for driving under the influence in Wilmslow, Cheshire,
He pleaded guilty and received a two-year driving ban and paid a £170 fine.
Rooney also agreed to undergo a drink-driving rehabilitation that could reduce his driving ban. He last played for DC United on November 2, when his side were knocked out of the MLS Cup.
The former Manchester United and Everton striker missed a penalty during the 3-2 defeat following extra time.
After a return to Everton, Rooney made the switch to DC United – making his debut on July 14 last year.