Los Angeles, CA- Lamar Odom’ troubles are getting worse as the pro-baller was arrested for DUI early Friday, and his marriage to Khloe Kardashian is on the rocks as she gives him an ultimatum– go to rehab and get clean or get your own place.
Odom is on downward spiral with his alleged drug use. He went missing over the weekend of August 24th, after he supposedly had fight with Khloe Kardashian leaving many to speculate he was on a drug bender. His manager, amid the wild allegations, told ESPN that Odom was “not missing,” but a source told the sports news agency that his friends and family staged an intervention.
Now, to make matters worse for Odom, he has to face a troublesome legal battle after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Los Angeles last Friday.
Odom was pulled over after a California Highway Patrol Officer observed him driving erratically on the 101 Freeway. The arresting officer said he was driving in a “serpentine manner,” the Los Angeles Times reported.
ESPN reported that CHP officers attempted to pull Odom over on the freeway, but Odom continued to drive, eventually stopping after exiting the freeway.
Odom was traveling below freeway speed, approximately 55 mph, CHP Officer Leland Tang said. He appeared to be intoxicated and failed field sobriety tests.
Odom refused to submit to a chemical test, and was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Los Angeles Times reported there were no drugs or alcohol in Odom’s vehicle at the time of his arrest.
The news of Odom’s arrest also angered his wife Khloe Kardashian. TMZ reported that the she consulted with an attorney and a source told the celebrity gossip site that Khloe has told him to go to rehab and get clean or move out of their home, though his manager has disputed this claim.
California, like many states have an implied consent law, which states that by simply obtaining a driver’s license you are legally required to submit to a blood test or breathalyzer if you are stopped on suspicion of DUI. Driving is a privilege, and failing to submit to a chemical test means your license will automatically be suspended for a year.
If convicted of DUI, Odom most likely will not spend any time in jail, but he will have to pay costly fines and penalties. On average, a DUI can cost up to $10,000 when you factor in the legal fees, fines, penalties, drug evaluation and increased insurance premiums. While Odom can afford that, most DUI offenders cannot.
The NBA will also require Odom to submit to mandatory evaluation by the league’s anti-drug program, though he probably won’t face any other sanctions.
Typically, the NFL racks up DUI arrests, but August appears to be the NBA’s month for DUI’s. Just days before Odom’s arrest, the coach for the Atlanta Hawks, Mike Budenholzer, was arrested for DUI, he also refused to submit to a blood test.