Lamar Odom arrested on suspicion of DUI in California

NBA free agent Lamar Odom was arrested in California early Friday morning. (REUTERS)

NBA free agent Lamar Odom was arrested in California early Friday morning. (REUTERS)

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Veteran NBA forward Lamar Odom was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Friday morning after he was seen driving erratically on a Southern California freeway, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Odom was arrested at 3:54 a.m. and booked into Los Angeles County Jail in Van Nuys, Calif., about an hour later. He was reportedly swerving on the 101 Freeway in San Fernando Valley at about 50 mph.

California Highway Patrol officers tried to pull over Odom, but he kept driving until finally exiting off the freeway and coming to a stop. A CHP report said that Odom showed signs of drunkenness and was unable to perform field sobriety tests.

Odom was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and possibly drugs. He refused all chemical tests at the jail, but was booked without resisting.

There were reports last weekend that Odom went missing after a disagreement with his wife, Khloe Kardashian, but his agent told ESPN on Monday that he was staying in a Los Angeles hotel and friends were trying to help him seek drug counseling.

Also, Los Angeles prosecutors said last week that battery and grand theft charges would not be filed again Odom involving an altercation with a paparazzi photographer in July because of insufficient evidence that a felony was committed.

Odom was suspended twice for drug violations while playing for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2001.

A potential No. 1 overall draft pick out of Rhode Island in 1999, Odom fell to fourth because of drug rumors. Odom also played for the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and the Dallas Mavericks before returning to the Clippers last season. He is currently a free agent.

Odom, 33, averaged 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in 82 games last season with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers have expressed interest in him for this season.


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