Rooney charged for public intoxication

Wayne Rooney was arrested on 16th December at Dulles International Airport, Virginia after returning from a one-day trip to Saudi Arabia. The former England captain was arrested by Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police (MWAA) for public intoxication after taking sleeping tablets on a flight while drinking.

The 33-year-old was charged and paid a $25 fine and $91 in costs on 4th January 2019, according to court documents from Loudon General District Court. Rooney was released on a personal recognizance bond.

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.”

Rooney currently plays for MLS’s DC United team, where he leads with 12 goals.

It was not Rooney’s first arrest for alcohol-related charges, In September 2017, he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and was banned from driving for two years for the offence.

“I want publicly to apologize for my unforgivable lack of judgment in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong,” he said in a statement at the time.