Wayne Rooney Arrested For 'Public Intoxication' In America

Ex-Manchester United striker now plays for US team DC United.

Wayne Rooney was arrested in the US accused of public intoxication, police have said.

The former Manchester United star, who now plays for American team DC United, was taken into custody on December 16 in Virginia, officials said.

Rooney’s arrest came after he was left “disorientated” by prescribed sleeping tablets which he took on a flight while drinking, his spokesman told the Press Association.

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 (MWAA).

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

Police records also suggest the arrest was also over the charge of “public swearing”.

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.

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.”

Rooney, who is still banned from driving in the UK, 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.