NBA star and Khloe Kardashian husband Lamar Odom has been arrested for DUI in the wake of rumored issues with drug use. Here’s what we know about the breaking story.
1. Lamar Odom Was Booked on a DUI
The L.A. Times reports was busted at 3:54 a.m. after cops spotted him driving his Mercedes SUV on the 101 Freeway in California’s San Fernando Valley at 50 mph “in a serpentine manner.”
2. Odom Resisted the Police
According to TMZ, Odom did not respond to the police right away. He actually drove 3 exits before coming to a stop. The police report that he showed obvious signs of intoxication and failed several field sobriety tests. All chemical tests were refused by Odom. The LA Times reports:
Authorities tried to pull over Odom, but he continued driving eastbound, passing Van Nuys Boulevard and Woodman Avenue. He exited at Coldwater Canyon Boulevard and came to a stop, CHP officials said.
Odom was released from custody at 8:33 AM.
3. Lamar Has a History of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Damn Lamar Odom, ever since you left the Lakers you been on a bad path
— The God (@WhoButGreatness) August 30, 2013
Amidst all the recent rumors are the facts. According to the LA Times:
In 2001, Odom was suspended twice for drug violations while playing for the Clippers. The NBA declined to confirm the nature of the violations. Drug rumors and some doubts about his character bumped him from the top spot in the 1999 draft down to the fourth pick, which is where the Clippers found him.
The most recent reports in regards to Odom’s drug abuse are that he’s been using crack cocaine.
4. Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian Just Reconciled
Lamar Odom has been in the media for drugs, cheating, and scandal in recent weeks. Just three days ago it was reported that Odom had returned home to his wife after being gone for days. Allegedly, Odom returned home looking frail and thin, showing signs of having a “rough time”. Many felt Odom’s gaunt look was attributed to a drug relapse.
The Lamar Odom downward spiral is sad. I feel bad for Khloe.
— Suzy (@la_SUZANITA) August 30, 2013
5. Friends and Family Are Gravely Concerned
Just this past week, it was reported that friends and family feared Lamar Odom was away on a drug bender. Allegedly, the Kardashians and several friends tried to stage an intervention last week and Odom bolted. Last August, he was reported to have gone into treatment at a rehab center in San Diego at the request of wife Khloe. Perhaps after this, Lamar Odom can finally get the help he needs.