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Lamar Odom Arrested For Suspicion Of DUI

Former Los Angeles Clippers forward Lamar Odom was arrested in California Friday for suspicion of DUI, according to ESPN.

Odom was arrested at 3:54 a.m. local time after a California Highway Patrol officer saw him swerving along a San Fernando Valley Freeway in a white Mercedes-Benz. The police report claimed Odom's car was traveling in a "serpentine manner" before he pulled off the freeway.

Odom continued to drive when authorities tried to pull him over before he eventually stopped, according to the report, which also said he allegedly showed "objective signs of intoxication and was unable to perform field sobriety tests as explained and demonstrated." At the Van Nuys jail, Odom refused all chemical tests and was booked for investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs at 5:01 a.m., CHP officials said.

Odom was released on $15,000 bond, but his license will be suspended for a year for refusing to take the aforementioned tests, according to The Los Angeles Times. When one obtains a California driver's license, he or she automatically consents to having their breath, blood or urine tested if they are arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. A driver does “not have a right” to consult a lawyer beforehand, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

“If you refuse to submit to any of the tests, your driving privilege may be suspended because of your refusal,” according to the department's handbook. It adds: “Even if you change your mind later and agree to a test, and your BAC [blood alcohol content] measures 0.01% or higher … your driving privileges may be suspended for both reasons.”

It’s been a rough week for Odom, who made headlines regarding an alleged addiction to drugs. ESPN reports that according to a source close to Odom, the former NBA starr was staying at a Los Angeles hotel while friends staged what seems to be an intervention. TMZ has also reported that he was missing for 72 hours after a fight with his wife, Khloe Kardashian Odom, possibly binging on crack-cocaine, but Odom's agent denied the report.

Sources: ESPN, The Los Angeles Times


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