Former England and Manchester United captain, Wayne Rooney was arrested on 16 December 2018 at Dulles International Airport in Virginia after returning from a one-day trip to Saudi Arabia.
Wayne Rooney’s arrest for public intoxication was a result of feeling “disorientated” after taking sleeping tablets on a flight while drinking alcohol. He was arrested after triggering a door alarm at Washington’s Dulles airport, near the stadium for his current team, DC United.
The 33-year-old forward was charged and paid a $25 fine and $91 costs on 4 January 2019, according to court documents from Loudoun General District Court.
In a statement, his spokesman said: “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.
“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.”
A statement from DC United said: “We are aware of news reports indicating that Wayne Rooney was arrested in December.
“We understand the media’s interest in this matter but we believe this is a private matter for Wayne that DC United will handle internally. We have no further comment on this situation.”
This is not the first time Rooney is getting himself on the wrong side of the law on similar grounds. In September 2017, he admitted on drink-driving charges after he was arrested over speeding a woman’s car.
He was banned from driving for two years in addition to unpaid community work.