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Wayne Rooney was arrested and fined by US airport authorities for public intoxication and swearing

The former Manchester United footballer who currently lives in the US was arrested on December 16, 2018 in Loudoun County, Virginia, home to Washington Dulles airport.

A spokesman for Rooney said his public intoxication arrest came after he was left ‘disorientated’ by prescribed sleeping tablets which he took on a flight while drinking.

In US law public swearing and intoxication is a regarded as a ‘class 4 misdemeanor’ – a minor crime.

Loudoun County, Virginia, home to Washington Dulles airport
Rooney was bailed without a fee and paid a $25 fine (£19.65) on Jan. 4.

Rooney currently plays for DC United in Washington DC and based on his salary at the club it would only take him 4min 43sec to earn his fine.   

Rooney, who was also ordered to pay costs of $91 (£71.50).

He was arrested by the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority, although it is unclear if he was held at the airport, which is near the club’s stadium or elsewhere in the vicinity.  

A spokesman for Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office 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.’

He signed a three and half year deal with D.C United in June 2018. His arrest came hours after his former club Manchester United had lost 3-1 to Liverpool in a crunch Premier League tie.



Coleen headed to her hometown of Liverpool for Christmas and New Year after spending six months in the USA.

Rooney is currently 13 months into a drink-driving ban and has completed 100 hours of community service which was part of his punishment.        

Rooney posted a photo of himself at an event in Saudi Arabia in the days prior to the arrest.

Rooney, the former England and Manchester United captain, was arrested in September 2017 for driving under the influence in Wilmslow, Cheshire,

He pleaded guilty and received a two-year driving ban and paid a £170 fine.

Rooney also agreed to undergo a drink-driving rehabilitation that could reduce his driving ban.

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