Rodney King sentenced to house arrest for reckless driving
Photo: Rodney King in 2008.
Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times
Rodney King, who became a household name after Los Angeles police severely beat him two decades ago, has been sentenced to 20 days of house arrest and fined $500 for driving recklessly in Moreno Valley, Riverside County prosecutors said Tuesday.
King, 46, was arrested seven months ago on suspicion of drunken driving, but his blood-alcohol level was 0.06, which is under the legal limit of 0.08. He also had trace amounts of marijuana in his system.
He pleaded guilty to a lesser reckless driving charge, officials said. His sentence also includes three years’ probation.
King was beaten in 1991 by four white police officers in an incident that was videotaped by a bystander. The officers were later acquitted, which ignited rioting in Los Angeles.