Football: Former England captain Wayne Rooney arrested for public intoxication

Wayne Rooney.
Wayne Rooney. Photo credit: Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

Former England football captain Wayne Rooney was arrested and fined in the US last month for public intoxication and swearing in the state of Virginia.

The 33-year-old was fined US$25 (NZ$37) and had to pay $91 (NZ$135) costs for the misdemeanour, after being arrested by the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority.              

A Loudoun County Sheriff's Office spokesman 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.

"He was later released on a personal recognisance bond."

This wasn't the first time Rooney, who currently plays for the Major League Soccer (MLS) team DC United, has had run-ins with the law due to alcohol consumption.

In September 2017, Rooney admitted drink-driving on a night out, when he was caught driving a woman's Volkswagen Beetle at nearly three times the legal limit.

In June 2018, Rooney moved to the US from Everton, after signing a three-and-a-half year contract with DC United.

He scored 12 goals in 20 games for the club in his first season, leading them to the playoffs.

The new MLS season is due to start in early March.


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